Endpoint protection, also known as endpoint security, is the practice of protecting the devices that connect to an organization's networks and systems, such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets, from potential threats and vulnerabilities. It involves implementing a range of measures and controls to ensure that endpoint devices are secure, both when they are connected to the network and when they are disconnected.
Endpoint protection may include activities such as:
- Installing antivirus and anti-malware software: This helps to protect against viruses, worms, and other types of malicious software that may be transmitted to the device through email, downloads, or other means.
- Implementing access controls: Access controls limit who can access the device and the resources it is connected to, based on factors such as the user's identity, role, and location.
- Encrypting data: Encrypting data makes it unreadable to anyone who does not have the appropriate decryption key, helping to protect against data breaches and other security incidents.
- Conducting security assessments: Security assessments can identify vulnerabilities in endpoint devices and the systems and networks they are connected to that may be exploited to gain unauthorized access.
Endpoint protection is an important aspect of overall cybersecurity and can help organizations to protect their networks and systems, meet regulatory compliance requirements, and reduce the risk of data breaches and other security incidents.