Endpoint security is the practice of preventing malicious actors and campaigns from exploiting endpoints or entry points of end-user devices such as desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. Endpoint security systems guard against cybersecurity threats on a network or in the cloud. Endpoint security has progressed from simple antivirus software to comprehensive protection against sophisticated malware and evolving zero-day threats.
Nation-states, hacktivists, organized crime, and malicious and unintentional insider threats pose a threat to organizations of all sizes. Endpoint security is frequently regarded as the frontline of cybersecurity, and it is one of the first places organizations look to secure their enterprise networks.
The demand for more advanced endpoint security solutions has increased in tandem with the volume and sophistication of cybersecurity threats. Endpoint protection systems today are built to detect, analyze, block, and contain ongoing attacks. To accomplish this, they must work together as well as with other security technologies to provide administrators with visibility into advanced threats, allowing for faster detection and remediation response times.
𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭?
For several reasons, an endpoint protection platform is an essential component of enterprise cybersecurity. To begin with, in today’s business world, data is a company’s most valuable asset — and losing that data, or access to that data, could put the entire business at risk of insolvency. Businesses have also had to deal with not only an increase in the number of endpoints but also an increase in the variety of endpoints. On their own, these factors make enterprise endpoint security more difficult, but they are exacerbated by remote work and BYOD policies, which render perimeter security insufficient and create vulnerabilities. The threat landscape is also becoming more complex: hackers are constantly devising new methods to gain access, steal information, or trick employees into disclosing sensitive information. When you consider the opportunity cost, the cost of reallocating resources away from business goals and toward addressing threats, the reputational cost of a large-scale breach, and the actual financial cost of compliance violations, it’s easy to see why endpoint protection platforms have become considered must-haves in terms of securing modern enterprises.