Endpoint security; this term is one of the most heard in recent years during major security events, conferences, webinars and blogs.
Similarly, some call it a mandatory part of the security platform, on the other hand, others say it is just a new term for antivirus and others call it an overrated approach. Above all, one thing is clear: it is a term that does not immediately clarify what can be expected from it.
In this blog, I will talk about terminal security, which really means, involves and why organizations need terminal security without a doubt.
Endpoint security is protecting end user devices, such as mobile devices, laptops and PCs, servers; any device connected to your corporate network. However, these endpoints can be considered as one entry point to the network.
Gartner Endpoint security settings
O Gartner launches several Magic Quadrants every year, including terminal security ones, in order to provide a baseline for many companies regarding their security strategy.
In the Magic Quadrant for endpoint security, the strengths and weaknesses of the 21 EPP (Endpoint Protection Platform) providers are assessed every year.
In 2018, Gartner defines endpoint protection as a “solution deployed on endpoint devices to prevent file-based malware, to detect and block malicious activity from trusted and untrusted applications and to provide the necessary investigation and remediation capabilities to dynamically respond to security incidents and alerts.
In addition, he adds: "I think it is important to put this definition here because, like everything in security, this approach will probably be temporary and will change over time". Even the above definition contrasts with the 2017 definition.
Security, or protection from Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) was considered a necessity in 2017, however, in 2018, it is considered a welcome addition, according to Gartner.
Evolution of systems and protection measures for Endpoint
Why do you need to have complete endpoint protection with an endpoint? Isn't end-to-end monitoring of packet transfers and “shutting down” the entire network through firewall rules not enough? The definitive answer is: no, it definitely is not!
As threats have evolved in recent years, the terminal security approach has not been left behind. The basic requirements for a relatively small company may consist of a firewall and an antivirus solution, with which they consider themselves to be safe.
However, in real life security, where there is all the risk, this approach should be a little more technologically advanced. It is not so complex that the whole process becomes impossible, but complex enough to remain safe.
Modern Endpoint Security
Antivirus software and firewalls Personal data can be described as simple forms of endpoint security. Modern endpoint security, however, uses more advanced methodologies.
This includes detective mechanisms that identify and block threatening actions and behavior , end users or attackers.
It’s not just the threats or security risks that evolve over time. There are also systems, IT structures used, the evolutionary change from data centers with hardware-based systems to virtual environments, public / private cloud infrastructure, etc.
An example: the term 'back-end system' is no longer just about hosts, storage and applications in a data center, but nowadays also for virtualized resources in the data center or in the cloud.
This is also the case with terminals - this term refers not only to traditional devices, but also to mobile devices like phones and tablets.
The networks refer not only to interconnections and electronic protocols between systems, but also to social connections between people, inside and outside the limits of the organization.
What does that mean?
That means there are different security requirements . Like increased mobile threats and the use of mobile devices, the need for effective terminal security measures has increased accordingly.
Employee mobility means that the effectiveness of network security is reduced, because the control over the network via firewalls is no longer sufficient.
We are also dealing with terminals on isolated networks that some companies use for special purposes and that are not connected to a network or have very limited connectivity.
Consider updating, monitoring and managing these endpoints is therefore difficult, which implies other demands on your security.
That's why endpoint security is a requirement for every organization that strives for security and continuity.