What is endpoint security?
Endpoint security is the process of securing a network’s “endpoints”, which is another
name for the hardware used to access the network, such as desktops, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices.
Why are endpoint security solutions important?
Large numbers of endpoint user peripherals make a network more “porous”, making the entire system more vulnerable to malicious cyberthreats. The more users you have creating endpoints, the greater the opportunities for cybersecurity failure.
What are the benefits of endpoint security?
The benefits of a robust endpoint security plan are that the company’s most valuable asset – data – is protected from nefarious threats and that the increasing number of remote workers and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) situations fails to create security gaps in the network.
How does an endpoint security solution work?
Endpoint security solutions work by guarding the files and data that enter the network via endpoint protection platforms (EPPs), with the bulk of that protection occurring in the cloud or at the root of the network, rather than at the endpoints themselves.
What are the types of endpoint security?
Organisations can implement a variety of endpoint security solutions:
- Network access control (NAC) is the process of limiting (via firewall) which endpoint devices have access to either the network or specific areas of the network.
- Data loss prevention is the process of protecting which files or data are exfiltrated from the network. In many cases, this kind of threat takes place via phishing schemes or malware installed at endpoints.
- Data classification helps to identify which data in your organisation is most sensitive, placing higher value on its vulnerability. An example of this would be a customer’s personal financial or health data to which a remote employee would have access.
- URL filtering is the process of limiting which websites endpoints can connect to, since some sites can be gateways to malware.
- Cloud perimeter security is the process of setting up a firewall around sensitive cloud-based data and apps, limiting which endpoints can access the data as well as the specific data that can be accessed remotely.
- Sandboxing is another form of endpoint security, where the user’s endpoint operates in a virtual environment that mimics the network, which limits access to sensitive information.
How does endpoint security work with Big Data and predictive analytics?
As malware and nefarious cyberthreats become more adept at finding and exploiting vulnerabilities, so too are security experts getting more adept at finding points of failure and eliminating them, neutralising threats and mitigating risks. New solutions are centred on security analytics and are designed to help organisations shift from legacy security methods to a modern approach that focuses on protecting the interactions among users, applications and data to help protect enterprises’ most valuable assets.
One key component of the evolution of endpoint security is the employment of AI and predictive analytics to forecast threat behaviours before they occur. AI and predictive analytics can comb through user behavioural data to find both malicious and negligent behaviours, or external attacks that compromise user accounts across the enterprise. Ranking detected anomalies and the associated risk, it allows customers to focus efforts and resources on the activities, users and applications that pose the greatest risk to the enterprise.
HPE and endpoint security
In a highly distributed world featuring remote and hybrid workflows, HPE Security Solutions can be tailored to protect entire fleets from potential security risks, helping protect users and the companies they work for as well as the customers they both serve. For endpoints, this can take the form of embedded protection at the hardware level with HPE silicon root of trust and intelligent, AI-driven perimeters that use Zero Trust technologies and SASE principles designed for a decentralised IT architecture.
HPE also offers HPE GreenLake for Security, Risk and Compliance, a managed, consumption-based service that helps companies understand and address the gaps in their security, risk and compliance efforts. HPE remotely monitors and operates infrastructure and applications from the device to the core to cloud to edge, helping detect and resolve issues as well as advising companies on the ways in which they can improve their security posture and stay within regulations and guidelines.
HPE GreenLake even offers additional security with managed backup and disaster recovery. In the event of data loss or corruption due to human error or a cyberattack, HPE GreenLake can quickly recover and restore data with minimal downtime.