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What is Endpoint Security?

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What is Endpoint Security?

Today, organizations of every size are at risk from hackers, and malicious or accidental threats from inside their organizations. Network and data security are key. Endpoint security, considered cyber security’s frontline, is often the first place businesses look at to secure their organization.

In this post, we’ll define endpoint security, its importance, and how it works.

Defining Endpoint Security

Endpoint security is… “the practice of securing endpoints, or entry points of end-user devices like desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones from being compromised by malicious actors and campaigns.”

Endpoint systems protect these devices (or endpoints) on a network from various security threats. As the rate and sophistication of these threats have evolved and grown, so has the need for more advanced solutions. Today, endpoint security systems are designed to detect, analyze, and neutralize attacks in progress rapidly.

Why It’s Important

With the rise of BYOD and IoT-enabled smart devices like voice controlled digital assistants, businesses must deal with an ever-increasing number, and types, of endpoints. Add the recent explosion in remote work, and you can understand the complexity of the challenge.

Today’s threat landscape is more complex as hackers come up with new ways to gain access, steal information, and manipulate employee actions at a rapid rate. Add the cost of relocating assets and the reputational costs of a large-scale breach, and you can understand the urgency for endpoint security solutions.

How Endpoint Security Works

Endpoint security safeguards data and workflows associated with individual devices on your network, examining files as they enter your network. Modern Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPPs) harness the power of the cloud to hold a growing database of threat information freeing your network from keeping these databases up to date.

An EPP provides a centralized console allowing IT teams to control security on networked devices remotely. While an endpoint solution may include antivirus, anti-malware, and web filtering, it differs from traditional security because it happens in real-time across multiple endpoints, bandwidths, and geographic regions.

Want to learn more about Atlantic’s cloud-based Endpoint Security Solutions? Let us show you how our EPP is faster and significantly more effective than traditional solutions freeing you to focus on what’s important… growing your business!



James LaPenna
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