Saturday, June 22, 2024

Endpoint Security: How Does It Perform a Vital Role in Enterprise Network Security

A vital part of any comprehensive security program includes endpoint protection. Also known as endpoint security. But both terms refer to the same security solution which protects network endpoints from:

  • Attacks
  • Zero-day exploits
  • Human error
  • Data leaks  

Why Endpoint Protection is Vital

It’s a common misconception that anti-virus programs can prevent targeted and persistent attacks by themselves. They can’t.

Organizations are constantly at risk because their security network is constantly growing and weakening by the ever-expanding number of endpoints.

Employees working remotely via the cloud, using their own devices, and connecting to non-secure networks such as Wi-Fi, means the security perimeter has more endpoints and security gaps than before.

To fully guard your network and data, you need to introduce centrally managed Endpoint security to protect your endpoints such as mobile phones, laptops, workstations, and servers

Endpoints are Targeted the Most  

Having centralized network protection is no longer enough. Previously, most breaches occurred through the network. But today’s research points to endpoints as the most used route of attack.

They’re an easy gateway that attackers can use to breach networks and steal sensitive data or deliver malicious code, which is why unprotected endpoints have fast become a commonly used access point for attacks such as malware. 

Without Endpoint protection, the moment an unsecured endpoint device connects to the network or copies data to an external device; enterprises lose control.

When security parameters are constantly changing because of remote devices, and bring your own devices (BYOD), maintain the greatest control by implementing more security layers with endpoint protection.

How Endpoint Secures the Network

By encrypting data and controlling the applications devices handle and run to access the network, you’ll gain:

  •  Greater control over which endpoint devices can gain entrance. As well as monitor and block suspicious activity.
  • Help prevent data leaks and data loss can by encrypting the information on endpoints and any removable storage devices used.
  • And by controlling which applications can access the network helps stop any unauthorized apps from creating network vulnerabilities.

Greater protection with Endpoint Analysis

Blocking malware doesn’t provide sufficient protection by itself. They may still be malicious code present in the device’s memory.

Endpoint analysis is an automotive solution for businesses that analyzes every single piece of code that runs in an endpoint device’s memory.

Scanning the memory of entire endpoints using Genetic Malware Analysis technology allows you to detect in-memory threats such as:

Combining Endpoint Analysis with Endpoint Protection

Most endpoint security solutions focus on acting as bouncers and guarding the gateway of a device, which works well to prevent infected files and scripts from running within an endpoint and accessing the network.

But given enough time, attackers can bypass most endpoint security protections. And to clean a machine from code still running in the memory requires a complete re-format to ensure it’s entirely secure again.

But by scanning every piece of binary code in a machine’s memory, you can detect sophisticated in-memory threats.

Combining analysis with protection, companies can guard endpoint access to their data and network, plus automatically analyze the memory of suspicious endpoint devices for hidden threats.

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