Endpoint protection, also known as endpoint security, involves the use of advanced security tools and processes to secure various endpoints like servers, workstations and mobile devices that connect to a corporate network. The goal of endpoint protection is to prevent cybercriminals from stealing or altering valuable company data and applications, or from hijacking the business network, all of which can grind operations to a halt. According to IBM, the average total cost of a data breach reached $4.24 million in 2021 — the highest it’s been in seven years.
The endpoint protection tools of today combine the features of antivirus (AV) and antimalware (AM) tools with the capabilities of new-age technologies like automation, cloud computing and remote monitoring, to provide comprehensive network and endpoint security.
In this blog, we’ll shed light on why endpoint security is an essential businesses requirement, especially in current times when cyberattacks are rampant and catastrophic. We’ll also talk about the benefits of endpoint protection, discuss how it works and delve into the features of a good endpoint protection solution and more. Read on.
What is endpoint protection?
Endpoints can serve as doorways for cybercriminals to gain access to a company’s network. As companies grow and connect more devices to their network, the risk of a cyberattack also increases proportionally. That’s why businesses should monitor all their endpoints for anomalies and suspicious behavior in order to contain threats before they snowball into a disaster and disrupt business activities.
Thankfully, businesses can purchase sophisticated integrated security tools that can remotely monitor execution processes and log files on various endpoints, analyze variances and remediate incidents automatically. These tools are commonly known as Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP) that combine the functionalities of various security products like antivirus and antimalware solutions, firewalls, antispyware and intrusion prevention systems into a single package. The global endpoint security market is projected to continue to grow to over $19 billion in 2025.
Furthermore, to make it easier for…