Endpoints may be the weakest link in network security. IT departments are tasked with ensuring the security of dozens of devices – desktops, laptops, mobile devices and now the Internet of Things (IoT) – that connect to the network. Here is a comprehensive look at endpoint security, its challenges, and what can be done to better protect the endpoints while improving overall IT security. For our in-depth reviews of endpoint security products, see Top 10 Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) Solutions.
Examples of common endpoints in the workplace include:
- Desktop and laptop computers
- Routers and WiFi
- Point-of-sale devices
- IoT devices
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An endpoint is defined as any device connecting to the network from outside the firewall or perimeter. The rise in endpoints is largely due to the increasing numbers of employees who work offsite and need to access the network, as well as the different devices being used and the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Endpoint security is the process of providing protection to those devices with the ultimate aim of protecting the network and an organization’s data. Endpoint security is a critical part of an organization’s overall security posture because devices that are outside a well-protected, internal network create pathways for attackers to bypass standard controls.