What Is Endpoint Protection?
Endpoint protection, also known as endpoint security, is the practice of protecting endpoints and entry-points of end-user devices such as servers, computers, desktops, laptops and smartphones from cybersecurity threats.
Endpoint protection has evolved over the years from traditional antivirus software to comprehensive software that protects against sophisticated malware and zero-day threats.
Benefits of endpoint protection
1. It prevents problems before they happen
While you may have a firewall and antivirus software, this isn’t enough to protect your network. Antivirus software protects against viruses, but it doesn’t block access to your network. A firewall also doesn’t prevent malware from gaining access through an external device plugged into your network.
The only way you can secure your network is by getting endpoint protection software. It proactively monitors your network, paying extra attention to the weak points where external devices connect.
2. Increased visibility
Most cybersecurity problems begin with a lack of visibility. Without visibility, your IT team cannot find the isolated and vulnerable endpoints that attackers target. Endpoint protection solves this problem by increasing visibility and helping your IT security identify all devices connected to your network. This makes it easier to uncover potential gaps and perform check-ups on vulnerable spots in your network.
3. Securing access points with endpoint protection saves money
The aftermath of a cyberattack can be messy and costly to resolve, especially when your reputation takes a hit. The loss of your reputation often outweighs the financial cost you will incur. Therefore, investing a little more money in endpoint security will save you time and money in the long run because it prevents security problems before they happen.
4. Avoid excess server downtime
The results of a cyberattack aren’t always an influx of hackers into your system but rather malware. The malware often leads to downtime due to excessive demands on the server’s resources, making it harder for you to deal with issues such as customer service, support tickets, etc. The attackers may also take advantage of this to steal valuable customer data.
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