Endpoint Security Explained

In our personal lives and at work, endpoint security is the main topic. Outside of the fancy names and buzzwords, endpoint security is merely a security system for your individual computer, phone, tablet and any other network-enabled device. Since the beginning of security threats to networks, there has been endpoint security. What we use today is a highly evolved form that started in the late 1980’s. Cybersecurity is a growing concern for businesses and us personally. The growth of the internet has enabled us to connect with everybody, and malicious attackers can take advantage of the networks that connect us to the world.

Firewall, antivirus, virus scanners: what distinguishes endpoint security is how it is managed. Endpoint Security is maintained, often software “agents” running in the background of endpoints and a security management system that can control and monitor the “agents.” Finally, the security management system is monitored, and data is collected by an automated system and physical staff. More often than not, endpoint protection is mixed up with endpoint security. The difference is made when your firewall, antivirus and virus scanner (endpoint protection) isn’t centrally managed. Endpoint Security will talk to a central “cloud” to make sure your network-connected devices are protected.

The threats from malicious attackers, nation-state attacks and even simple user error are growing. Security software companies are evolving what endpoint security can do.

One of the biggest pushes we see in cybersecurity is the use of machine learning and AI. Threats are becoming much more complicated and widespread for humans to be able to keep up in real time. Machine learning and artificial intelligence have proven to be useful in identifying threats and can examine traffic much quicker than previously. Human interaction is still necessary for pressing needs and escalated matters.

Software as a Service (SaaS) endpoint security has been another significant trend in security, as organizations are moving towards cloud-based systems. Previously, office spaces had to run their endpoint security on a server that would take care of the cybersecurity in-house. With SaaS-based endpoint security, it becomes the vendor’s responsibility to ensure you are provided with the most up-to-date protection.

Fileless attacks are becoming a growing concern, and their use is rising. The problem with fileless attacks is the malware is never written to disk and stays in RAM. Layered protection has been successful at stopping attacks, combining automation and machine learning. Conventional tools can report false positives and take up valuable IT resources.

The Internet of Things has invaded everything from your fridge to lightbulbs and watches. Keeping these connected devices has become a concern for many. IoT devices have already been affected by security flaws, such as the Mirai Botnet, where thousands of CCTV cameras were used to launch a denial of service attack (DDoS) against a Minecraft server host. Cybersecurity software companies have been able to create applications that can help minimize the risk of a malicious attacker getting into your IoT devices.

Next Digital is proud to offer NextGen Security, the most up to date security offering including AI backed anti-virus. We manage your multi-layer security to prevent, detect and respond to cyber-attacks. For more information on NextGen Security, please contact us. We will be happy to help keep you and your business safe.

Everybody talks and tries to sell anti-virus, firewalls and virus scanners, but do you know what they are? Endpoint security and endpoint protection is something that has advanced leaps and bounds thanks to AI and machine learning, but also because malicious attacks are becoming much more dangerous and frequent. Let us take care of some of the confusion. Contact Next Digital for more information.

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