Endpoint Security Management
The more endpoint devices connect to a corporate network, the more avenues cybercriminals have to infiltrate that network. Endpoint security management is a software approach, typically centralized, that enables network administrators to identify and manage end users’ device access—even employees’ personal devices—over the corporate network.
Examples of endpoint security management include, but are not limited to:
- Managed antivirus software
- Web filtering
- Application/patch management
- Network access control and “need to know”
- Virtual private network (VPN) software
- Data and email encryption
How do Endpoint Security Systems Work?
Admins may set access permissions so that devices that don’t comply with the organization’s security policy, such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or those belonging to guests (such as contractors, customers, staff’s friends and family, etc.), have limited network access. They can also set policies so that end users only have access to areas of the network that they need to fulfill their job responsibilities (i.e. “need to know.”) In this way, they help ensure that, no matter how many devices connect to the network, the organization stays safe from security threats.
Endpoint security applications allow administrators to control security for corporate endpoints using policy settings, depending on the types of protection or web access employees and systems require. For example, admins should always ensure that every device that connects to the network uses up-to-date antivirus software and has the latest patches and updates for necessary applications, and they should also block access to websites known to distribute malware and other malicious content.
Why is Endpoint Security Management Important?
All businesses, regardless of size, need endpoint security, which means they also need a centralized means of managing that security. Cybercriminals never stop working on new ways to take advantage of end users, sneak around defenses, launch malware, and steal data or hold it for ransom.
Because so many more employees work remotely, either because they are based off-site or because travel is a large component of their work, they need to be able to access corporate data from anywhere. Without adequate device security, an employee catching up on work using the public WiFi in a coffee shop or airport could unwittingly give criminals access to sensitive corporate data, or even the network itself. Effective endpoint protection is crucial to make sure your employees (and your business) are safe no matter where they are or what device they’re using while working.
About Plow Networks
Plow Networks is a leading IT services provider, connecting businesses to technology since 2012. With deep expertise in network, cloud, and end user support services, we partner with clients to leverage technology in ways that simplify operations and fuel growth. Plow Networks is based in Brentwood, Tennessee.