Endpoint protection software includes a variety of security applications that protect an organization's endpoints, such as servers and PCs, from malware infections, cyberattacks, and other threats. Organizations need endpoint protection software to protect their information technology (IT) systems from infiltration through an endpoint breach, as well as to safeguard the data on employee laptops and PCs. Cyberattackers often target vulnerable endpoints, such as smartphones or unprotected web browsers, to gain a foothold into an organization's network.
Because endpoints connect to IT networks and servers, an unprotected endpoint can pose a significant security liability. A compromised endpoint can lead to unauthorized access of applications, data theft, ransomware infection, or a shutdown of critical systems.
Below are the main categories of endpoint protection software:
There are many issues to consider when choosing an endpoint security solution, such as software effectiveness, the financial stability of the vendor, and the scalability of the software. Below are three key considerations to consider for organizations adopting endpoint security software:
Organizations today face a rising number of threats to their data and IT systems. Endpoint protection software can improve security by detecting and blocking threats before they penetrate the network. An integrated solution with capabilities such as anti-malware, web browser security, MDM, EDR, and DLP provides collaborative, layered security capable of detecting and blocking most threats.