Endpoint Security is the term used for the security of devices that connect to a particular network to prevent them from spreading their viruses or malwares to the network. It is now very important for organizations to protect their networks from external threats which might be in any form:
- Security Breach
- Unauthorized Access
- Viruses or malwares
- Information theft and many more
Extension in Network Perimeter:
You must be apprised of the concept of Network perimeter security. Endpoint security may be referred to as extension of Network perimeter security. It has always been very crucial for organizations to keep their information secure. The only change that has occurred, is the way organizations protect their data.
Previously, it was not difficult to secure your network as there was a defined boundary of the network, but now that boundary has expanded and it is difficult to actually define the network boundary because of remote access to the organization network because of the employees located in distant locations. There are many different and diverse entities that interact with organization’s network like:
- Business Partners’ Network
- Suppliers’ Network
- Clients’ Network
- Employees’ Devices (located in remote places)
So, if an organization wants to implement perfect security software for its network, first it must understand the layout of its network which is quite a hectic task for any organization.
Endpoints must be identified:
If an organization wants a very operative and cost effective information security solution, it must first highlight its endpoints. If it is unable to highlight its endpoints it is not possible for organizations to protect its network from external threats. So, before designing activities for information security plan, an organization must keep “endpoint identification” at the top of the list.
Few of the technical controls that an organization can implement are given below:
- Fire Wall
- Patch Management
Fire wall is known to be the very first solution to defend an organization’s network from external threats by allowing authorized users to interact with the network and by stopping the devices which do not comply with the network policy of an organization.
Antivirus prevents any kind of device or network from getting attacked by viruses, malwares, worms and other data manipulating threats. So, this technique is also widely used and any information security program is incomplete without it.
Patch management is basically about managing the patches which are actually software written for updating files in a system. It was easier in old days when it was dependent on the decisions of system management whether to install a patch or not on a particular day?
As systems have become a lot complex as compared to older times, there is a need for continuous patch management. If it is not done in time, organization’s network might be at risk which may incur a huge loss.
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