Endpoint protection software provides security solutions to oversee and manage devices that have access to a company’s or person’s private network. These software tools protect against a number of security threats and attempt to normalize security measures across multiple devices.
IT system administrators are given a central console that allows them to view endpoints connecting to a specific network. Administrators are provided a number of security mechanisms to protect against attacks, hacks, and zero-day attacks, among other threats. These applications provide a variety of safeguarding tools such as antivirus, firewalls, and virtual private networks.
Endpoint security tools provide a simplified, centralized interface to monitor and deploy devices connected to a network. From the main management console, administrators can view nearly all of their network’s infrastructure, depending on the product. They are also able to view activity, create reports, and run system scans to continuously protect against any and all threats that may arise.
Since modern network systems often require security for different operating systems and device types, endpoint protection adapts to the user’s needs. Bring your own device (BYOD) applications are the fastest growing and most dynamic endpoint security tools on the market. Administrators must approve devices before they receive system access. They also have the ability to set requirements and protocols for users to control what programs their users have access to.
If an endpoint device is compromised or infected, endpoint protection software alerts administrators and often provides advice on how to combat the issue. These programs can instantly disable access from suspicious devices and often produce records detailing the activities suspicious users conducted prior to their access being terminated. The ability to remedy infections or revert actions varies depending on the breadth of intrusion and scope of activity.
Many network security and web security products contain tools for endpoint protection, but rarely provide the range of coverage present in endpoint-focused security programs. Device lockdown is a feature almost entirely exclusive to endpoint protection software. It can quickly identify network penetrations or compromised devices and restrict access while configuring solutions. Access control and device management are helpful features as well. Access control comes in handy when administrators need to grant different levels of access to networks across a wide base of users. Platform coverage is also helpful when users access networks on different kinds of computers, phones, tablets, and other smart devices.
Continuous monitoring and scheduled system scans are the two main ways endpoint protection software identifies threats or intrusions. Scans can often be scheduled periodically or run continuously to ensure the quickest level of action. When something is abnormal, such as unapproved access grants or suspicious activity occurring, notifications are sent in a variety of ways such as in-app, email, and text alerts. From there, system administrators have the information necessary to understand what happened and how to fix the situation.
The variety of threat protection a product possesses is the system’s first line of defense. Common threat protection tools are antivirus, antispyware, firewall, kernel-level protection, and device control. If one of these preventative measures fails, the application’s first duty is to locate the source of intrusion. From there, the application references its virus definitions and policy protocols to determine the fastest and most effective way to combat the issue.