Endpoint security is referred to a methodology of protecting computer networks when access via endpoints. Endpoints are also known as end user devices like computer, laptops, mobile devices and other wireless server in the data center is also considered as endpoint. Endpoint protection addresses the risks created by devices connecting to enterprise network.
How Endpoint Security Works?
Endpoint security is of great use. It aims to adequately secure every endpoint connecting to network to block excess attempts and other risky activities at the point of entry. Centralized security is no longer efficient with increased in use of mobiles, home computers to connect to company network. Endpoint security provides centralized security plus protection at the entry point for many attacks as well as point of egress for sensitive data. Hence the need of effective endpoint security measures has increased substantially. Any devices like smart phones, tablets or laptops provides an entry point for threats. The threat is that if an insecure machine does gain the access it might commandeered and then the network is opened up to the hackers. To overcome these threats endpoint security follow the following steps.
Firstly the system keep track and manage administrative accounts on endpoint. Regular users do not need administrative rights to do their everyday jobs. For those applications that require administrative rights, the organization can implement an application control solution that can provide administrative rights to those approved programs that require it. Removing administrative access on the endpoint can mitigate much of the damage that an attacker can cause if they are able to compromise that endpoint.
It also Keep systems patched and up to date. Vulnerabilities are discovered all the time, and malicious attackers are keeping a close watch as these vulnerabilities are discovered. If the vulnerability is particularly dangerous, attackers will start sweeping across businesses attempting to find organizations that didn’t patch the vulnerability in order to gain access. Your policy and procedure must enforce keeping systems on the network up to date. Next, Implementation of advanced authentication. Some of the breaches that occurred in 2016 were secondary breaches due to a previous breach. Usually this happens when someone uses the same password across multiple sites and devices. If an employee’s account was compromised in a data breach and they use the same password to login to their system, then it’s easy to access that system. If the organization implements advanced authentication, the attacker won’t have access to complete authentication abilities, even if the password is stolen.
By acquiring endpoint devices to meet security standards prior to being granted network access, enterprises can maintain greater control over the ever-growing number of access points and more effectively block threats and access attempts prior to entry. Beyond simply controlling access, endpoint security tools also provide capabilities such as monitoring for and blocking risky or malicious activities.