Securing cloud endpoints: What you should know

What is endpoint security in the cloud?

Endpoint security solutions, such as endpoint protection platforms (EPP) and endpoint detection and response (EDR), were once considered a separate discipline from cloud security. These technologies have since merged to create solutions for endpoint protection in the cloud. 

Traditional endpoint security was only sufficient when employees all worked on-premises, accessing workloads through company computers. However, changes to the market, including greater competition, the need for 24/7 accessibility, and rising IT costs, have led more organizations to embrace cloud computing to enable a more open and accessible IT environment. The cloud is accessible from any device, which is good for work flexibility but can complicate security. 

Challenges for cloud security include:

Cloud systems introduce new types of endpoints, including SaaS applications, cloud storage buckets, managed databases and computer instances (such as EC2 instances or Azure VMs). Each of these is, for all intents and purposes, an endpoint that attackers can gain access to and compromise. The number and types of endpoints accessing the cloud are constantly growing, with devices ranging from laptops to smartphones and tablets. As the Internet of Things (IoT) grows, so does the list of devices and the associated vulnerabilities.

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