With increased use of PCs, laptops, and mobile devices like smart phones and tablets in the office, endpoints can cause significant security risk. To ease these security concerns organizations can use multiple security solutions for network protection. Endpoint security protects by setting corporate standards and requirements for endpoints to access the network. Server programs validate user credentials and scan devices to ensure compliance with defined security policies.
End Point Security
Endpoint security systems work with a centrally managed server or gateway hosting the security program and an accompanying client program installed on each network device. Elements of the program may include requirements like an approved operating system, a VPN client and anti-virus software with current updates. Those devices that don’t comply can still gain limited access or be quarantined on a virtual LAN.
VLCM partners with security experts like HP and Barracuda to provide a range of solutions. More long-term endpoint security may involve intrusion detection with components that behavior-block devices and monitor actions typically initiated by rootkits. Simpler forms may include anti-virus software or firewalls. These may be distributed and monitored from the server, including updates when necessary. A virtual anti-virus housed on a cloud is also associated. This solution is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery model in which gateways and security programs are kept remotely by the vendor.
Firewalls can be escalated to next-generation to expand on the traditional stateful inspection. Through application-awareness features, these next generation firewalls provide app visibility and web essentials. Authentication and authorization is important to endpoint security as directory-based services can authenticate users and grant access based on authorization rules. Newer identity-based network security solutions manage this using digital certificates and public key infrastructure solutions. Anti-malware is also important to identify network vulnerability and remove and block malware. These vulnerabilities may occur in security defenses, browsers, operating systems and popular applications including Adobe Acrobat. To avoid falling victim, companies must call for multipronged defense including IP blacklisting, DLP tools and anti-spyware along with anti-virus.
Mobile endpoint may be handled differently using mobile device management (MDM). See our article about the growth of mobility and how it’s affecting your business. Besides implementing your own BYOD policies, MDM software secures your network through remote monitoring and control of device specifications. Enforcing policies and pushing to mobile devices is also a feature of MDM. If need be, these systems can lock a lost or compromised phone and wipe all stored data. Your organization can benefit from a number of these features. Contact a VLCM specialist for more information on securing your network.