Endpoint Protection is the practice of protecting the various endpoints on a network such as laptops, smartphones, tablet computers and other end-user devices. Endpoints serve as points of access to an enterprise network and represent points of entry that can be exploited by malicious actors.
Endpoints are often the weakest links in a network, providing the attack surface through which hackers can launch malware attacks, steal data, take control of network resources, or interrupt essential business processes.
Over the years, malware and attack methods have gotten more sophisticated. Attackers are masterful at discovering weaknesses in corporate networks and they have been zeroing in on endpoints. Thus, protecting endpoints plays a critical role in effectively strengthening the security of the overall network, and ensuring more effective IT data security. But how exactly should we define protection for endpoint-integrated networks in today’s increasingly mobile, digital world?
In the past, when only company-issued PCs were allowed on the network, security teams had greater control over the corporate network security. Network endpoints could be added or removed from the network only by authorized IT administrators. Enterprise mobility practices have evolved quickly, however, and today most organizations allow employees to work from anywhere on a variety of devices and applications. Most companies embrace some version or combination of BYOD (bring your own device), choose your own device (CYOD), and COPE (corporate-owned, personally-enabled).
The increase of these policies combined with the wide range of endpoint devices used creates multiple endpoint vulnerabilities. In addition, employees working from home or connecting to WiFi networks to work on-the-go means that the enterprise network security perimeter is more porous than ever. Additionally, the growth of the Internet of Things means that, in many industry sectors, new IP-enabled endpoint devices – sensors, cameras, lighting arrays – are getting added to enterprise networks at a breakneck pace. Adding all these factors together, cyber security defined threat surfaces are expanding as never before. Shifting security perimeters that lack clear definition requires new layers of security through endpoint protection.
Endpoint protection must protect devices from known and unknown threats that include malware, ransomware, phishing and social engineering attacks, and theft of data. An effective endpoint protection solution provides three lines of defense:
In addition, the endpoint security product should be powered by real-time threat intelligence to prevent zero-day attacks.
Endpoint protection is one of the most critical components of a cybersecurity strategy. Endpoints that are not adequately protected put an entire organization at risk. Unfortunately, selecting the best solution to provide end point protection can be challenging. Working with a proven endpoint protection solution provider is the first step in overcoming the hurdles to truly secure endpoint devices in today’s increasingly digital, mobile world.
Check Point’s Harmony Endpoint is a complete endpoint protection solution with advanced endpoint threat prevention capabilities. It provides a comprehensive system to proactively prevents, detects, and remediates even the most evasive malware attacks. In addition, Harmony Endpoint is powered by Check Point’s ThreatCloud, the largest threat intelligence hub in the world to effectively prevent zero-day attacks.