Are Endpoint Security Clients Still Relevant?

Posted by Dan Lowe on 2015-09-18 14:30:00

Though there are many different articles pointing to security hacks by proficient online criminals, does that mean you should stop protecting your endpoint devices? Well known attacks against Target, Home Depot, Sony, and others show us that business computer systems can be compromised. There is no shortage of attack vectors as mobile devices will emerge as the next criminal growth opportunity. IT people, security administrators, and business owners are very busy, as it’s hard to keep up with the multiple operating systems, heterogeneous IT environment, and latest online threats. But creating malware is a profit-making industry that will continue to flourish.

Though online criminals will continue to take advantage of software flaws and use exploits to penetrate systems that are not constantly updated with the latest software patches, companies must still provide strong endpoint security to reduce attacks. One way to protect devices used by employees is by deploying an endpoint management console with endpoint clients.

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Here are just some benefits of implementing endpoint systems:

Reduce costs and administrative time is an important reason for choosing an endpoint security product. Both IT and Security administrators are over-worked and are tasked with so many initiatives that managing devices should be easy and quick. Endpoint security products with a centralized management console can easily manage hundreds or thousands of devices, and can quickly institute corporate security policies so administrators can spend minimal time on managing devices and more time on higher priority issues. If you are new at managing devices through an administration console, then your initial cost will be higher. But over time, your overall costs will be lower.

Freedom of movement and access to corporate information is a key trend. As people want increased freedom to work from anywhere, whether that is at an airport, coffee shop, restaurant, or wireless hotspot, that user will be an island in a sea of malicious websites, fraudulent advertisements, phishing emails, and various malevolent activity. Protecting all devices, whether they are behind corporate security or not, requires that more security is added at all entry points. An endpoint security system extends protection to a variety of devices that will access confidential information.

Malware has risen significantly, which is exposing endpoints to many more malicious threats than previous years. Over 390,000 new malicious programs are identified daily. That means there are 4 new malware files created every second. With this significant growth comes a huge challenge to prevent a device from being compromised. An endpoint security system is one layer that enables IT administrators to reduce the number of threats that can attack their network, and allow remote devices to operate safely. 

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Final Thoughts

Endpoint security technology has improved and there are many benefits for deploying an endpoint security system to reduce criminal activity. Look for an endpoint security system that continues to be innovative and provides dynamic security tools to reduce online attacks. Also, these solutions need to be flexible to allow for the changing business needs, while enabling IT or security administrators to easily and effectively implement security policies to keep the bad guys out.

You may also be interested in Ways to accelerate your business with endpoint security solutions.

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Dan Lowe

Dan Lowe is the OEM Senior Marketing Manager. He has worked at multiple security companies in the last 10 years and manages the OEM marketing team. He has a unique perspective on the industry as he has worked with different security technologies, such as: Antimalware, Firewalls, VPNs, DLP, and E-DRM.

Topics: Endpoint Security