The history of malware attacks started in the 1980’s and 90’s as merely jokes that were creating a little nuisance to digital consumers. As technology advanced, this was followed by email viruses that could not be effectively tackled by firewalls.

Luckily, this was handled well by programmed antivirus which could scan all the incoming emails for viruses. Until now, these security measures still work if only there were no mobile devices to be used outside the enterprise network.

Apart from servers found in any data center, endpoints comprise end-user devices like laptops, mobile devices, and desktops and endpoint security involves addressing the risks that these devices pose to the enterprise network.

So, why do you need endpoint security?

Employees often work outside the firewall

From the year 2000 to date, there have been an increasingly growing number of mobile devices which could not be used only within the centralized security system that an enterprise has put in place like firewalls.

With the technology of cloud computing, the numbers of open and unmonitored ports have increased leaving user endpoints as the most exposed and a great threat to any enterprise. Since these devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets are outside the security network perimeter of the business, they act as entry points for threats into the enterprise network system.

Protect against zero-day threat

Antivirus software is only good against malware that are known or predicted to happen. The problem is that those creating viruses are often ahead in technology and by the time a solution is found, a lot of damage may have already occurred like losing your business data.

So, apart from your usual antivirus protection, you will need to have an endpoint security measure in place.

Loss of devices

Employees usually have important company data on their mobile devices and this can be very dangerous in case the device is lost or stolen for malicious purposes. This is because the information that is contained will be accessed by unauthorized persons something that is impossible to take back. Endpoint security ensures that data that is contained in mobile devices is encrypted.

Infected devices

Devices such as USBs are always the source of attack to your business computers. This is because they usually get infected and transfer the virus easily to other computers. USB ports are therefore the common point of entry for most attacks. Endpoint security solutions use device control which specifies which USBs to be used on business PCs and laptops.

Application control also blocks users from installing applications that are not important and leave you with applications that you can easily manage.

Attacks from the web

Majority of malware are distributed through the web and your antivirus software may not identify which web pages are loaded with malware. Endpoint security technology allows for scanning and filtering of webpages ensuring that your network is not attacked.

The technology that malware creators use is so advanced and it also needs advanced measures in order to counter them and keep your system safe. It is therefore important to use endpoint security solutions in addition to your antivirus software.

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