What is Endpoint Security Management and How Can it Protect Your Corporate Data?
Why Endpoint Security Management is So Important for Today’s Growing Enterprises.
With employees having access to a variety of devices both in the office as well as when they’re working remotely, security is often a real challenge. As more organizations begin to utilize BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) solutions, it’s more important than ever that companies protect against risky behavior and unauthorized attacks. One way that organizations can bolster their data security is through a process called endpoint security management.
What is Endpoint Security Management?
Endpoint security management is a type of security solution that requires endpoint devices to comply with a specific set of criteria before they are granted any access to network resources. “Endpoint devices” include laptops, PCs, smartphones, and tablets, as well as other more specialized equipment such as point of sale (POS) terminals.
How Do Endpoint Security Systems Work?
Endpoint security software solutions typically work using a client/server model, where a centrally managed server hosts a security program and a client program is installed on each network device that needs to be monitored. Newer technologies are allowing endpoint security software to be cloud-based, with both the host server and security programs monitored by a vendor.
Whichever delivery method is used, when a client device attempts to log onto the network, the server will attempt to validate the user’s identity and scan the device to ensure it complies with all necessary corporate security policies prior to allowing network access.
Common Features of Endpoint Security Management Software
Some common features of endpoint security products include:
- Insider threat protection
- Data loss protection
- Application whitelisting
- Disk, email, and endpoint encryption
- Endpoint detection and response
- Data classification
- Network access control
- Privileged user control
Importance of Endpoint Encryption and Application Control
Two key components of endpoint security include endpoint encryption and application control. Endpoint encryption allows users to fully encrypt enterprise data on all types of endpoints including mobile devices and laptops, as well as individual files, folders, and removable media.
Application control prevents the unauthorized execution of suspicious applications on endpoints. This helps to solve the problem of employees downloading unauthorized or potentially dangerous applications that could lead to disastrous complications.
Employees are relying on mobile devices more than ever before, and these remote work arrangements effectively dissolve an enterprise network security perimeter. Effective endpoint security is critical to ensure your employees are protected no matter where they are or what device they’re using to access company data.
Endpoint Security is More Important Than Ever
Any device can be subject to endpoint attacks. The goal of any endpoint security solution is to block any unauthorized entry through any device that has access to important corporate data.
At Champion Solutions Group, we’re proud to support IBM BigFix, an enterprise level endpoint security solution that can ensure all of your devices are properly secured regardless of your company’s size. Talk to our experts today about how Champion can provide strong, fully managed security services for your organization