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A decade ago, employees were only allowed to use desktops or devices issued by their companies. This ensures that their management has control over corporate network security.
However as years passed by, device mobility in organizations has changed, allowing employees to work from anywhere using a variety of devices and applications. Some implement policies like BYOD (bring your own device) and COPE (corporate-owned, personally-enabled).
This trend, paired with the proliferation of endpoint devices, has opened up a gateway for attackers. Besides this, employees working from home who are connected to a Wi-Fi make company data more vulnerable.
Furthermore, as the Internet of Things grows, new IP-enabled endpoint devices such as sensors, cameras, and lighting arrays are being added to workplace networks at a fast pace.
When all of these considerations are taken into account, cyber security risks are expanding at an unprecedented rate. Shifting security perimeters requires the addition of new levels of security via endpoint protection software.
Types of Endpoint Protection Software
Listed here are some of the main types of endpoint protection software.
One of the initial forms of endpoint protection software is anti-malware. It is created to stop malware from penetrating an IT system through endpoint devices.
One of the usual examples of malware infection comes from harmless email attachments. Once downloaded, they easily spread throughout the network.
With antimalware, suspicious files are detected and either quarantined or eliminated. This solution can spot different kinds of threats like rootkits, ransomware, and anti-phishing security.
2. Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
DLP software implements data sharing standards and prevents certain types of content from being transferred outside the company. Take this scenario as an example. An employee plans to save a list of clients to a USB drive. With DLP software, this action won’t be allowed.
Data loss prevention software classifies and tracks files, data, emails, and other content – only allowing authorized people to access it. DLP is a crucial component of any compliance plan.
Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)
EDR solutions are designed to continuously monitor threats such as multilayered or coordinated attacks on endpoints. They look for any suspicious behavior and send alerts when they detect strange activities.
EDR gathers a variety of endpoint data so IT departments can get a good look at the endpoint threat environment. Its core features include advanced analytics and threat hunting.
Embedded Systems Security
There are unusual endpoints present in company networks today. This ranges from network routers, industrial control systems, medical imaging systems, and more. As the number of embedded smart devices continue to grow, hackers get more opportunity to get into attached networks.
Embedded security uses whitelisting to block unauthorized software, IP addresses, or applications. It also puts into work file integrity monitoring to search for unauthorized changes to configurations or software.
Web Browser Security
Employees use web browsers to do work-related tasks. Browsers make it simple to access apps from any computer on a network or the internet. However, they pose a security risk. Employees may unintentionally access a malware-infected website, which subsequently infects the browser. Furthermore, certain browser add-ons have security flaws. That said, web browser security can be put in place.
Web security can be divided into three categories:
- Web filtering — restricts access to websites and stops known malware files from entering.
- Web gateway — offers additional advanced features including behavioral analysis to spot zero-day malware. Also does in-depth SSL inspection to recognize encrypted threats.
- Anti-exploit tools — a successful exploit could permit a hacker to take control of a computer remotely, open a backdoor for future access, compromise data, or upload and run malware. Exploit prevention software detects common risks and applies a variety of tactics to prevent them from being abused.
Mobile device management (MDM)
Mobile device management software secures mobile endpoints like smartphones and tablets by deploying security policies. IT managers can adjust the security rules and directives of a device, as well as delete data from a lost phone and lock it. MDM can also be used by IT managers to deploy software to staff devices.
Mobile Threat Defense (MTD)
MTD solutions monitor the device consistently, whether it’s on or off the network. It identifies and terminates suspicious activities on the device or network, including malware, unusual configuration changes, and unsafe SSL connections.
Endpoint protection software can keep network devices secure at all times. It prevents vulnerabilities and detects suspicious activities regardless of their locations.
Comodo’s endpoint solution can strengthen the security of organizations by providing visibility, control, and proactive defense. It ensures businesses can track and evaluate the risks affecting their endpoints while ensuring all devices follow regulations.