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What is endpoint security?

What are endpoints and why is it crucial to protect them to keep your business secure?

Endpoint security is a broad term that can refer to a number of security measures but it generally falls under the umbrella of network security. Endpoint security, also known as endpoint protection, is an approach to protecting a business network while it’s being accessed by remote, wireless, or mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. With close to 100 million cyber breaches in 2018 alone, cybersecurity is too important to ignore.

What are endpoint devices?
Any device that can connect to the central business network is considered an endpoint. Endpoint devices are potential entry points for cybersecurity threats and need strong protection because they are often the weakest link in network security.
What is endpoint security software?
Programs that make sure your devices are protected. Endpoint protection software may be cloud-based and work as SaaS (Software as a Service). Endpoint security software can also be installed on each device separately as a standalone application.
What is endpoint detection and response?
Endpoint detection and response (EDR) solutions analyze files and programs, and report on any threats found. EDR solutions monitor continuously for advanced threats, helping to identify attacks at an early stage and respond rapidly to a range of threats.

Is my endpoint security sufficient?

Take a look at the list below of potential vulnerabilities and ask yourself if you are doing enough to keep your business endpoints secure from threats:

What can be classified as an endpoint device?

Computers and laptops
Any desktop computer or laptop that is connected to your business network could be used to spread malware. Be sure to consider both in-house computers and those used by employees under a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy, as well as any external PCs connecting to the office network via VPN.
Mobile phones
Mobile phones require special attention. It is risky to connect personal devices to the office network before they have been set up with a mobile antivirus that has the latest software updates. Staff using their personal devices should also receive training as part of any BYOD policy.
Office appliances
It’s not just mobile devices and computers that are at risk. Printers, faxes, smart devices, or any other appliances that connect to your network could be potentially vulnerable and will need to be protected.
Servers
Servers are one of the more traditional types of endpoint. It’s especially important to protect them because they store or process your business data, emails, and business documents. This sensitive information needs a specialized layer of security.

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