A significant portion of cyberattacks target endpoints, either individually or as gateways to the larger company network. Unfortunately, this is not a singular threat, but a layered issue: hackers exploit software vulnerabilities, the DNS, or even user accounts to get their way. This is why your enterprise needs endpoint security.
What is Endpoint Security?
Endpoint security (or endpoint protection) refers to all the strategies, practices and software products used to prevent malware, viruses, data breaches and all the other cyberattacks that might impact a network’s endpoints. Endpoint security deals with the protection of the many devices connected to a network. It not only enhances a company’s cybersecurity but ensures that the entity is compliant with regulations that apply to its field as well.
And now, to be more precise…
What is an Endpoint?
Wikipedia lists 10 possible pages with definitions for the term endpoint. The one I and you, the reader, are interested in is situated in the larger context of information security, narrowed down to endpoint security in this case. Bearing this in mind, an endpoint can be defined as any remote computing device that receives incoming communications and sends outgoing messages to the network it is connected to.