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Endpoint security management enables you to standardize authentication and access authorization across endpoint devices. Implementations of endpoint security management involve the application of security policies.
This process involves establishing dynamic connections, enforcing whitelisting and blacklisting practices, and leveraging EDR tooling. Or you can move beyond EDR with newer Extended Detection and Response (XDR) solutions.
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Endpoint security management is a set of practices used to authenticate and supervise the permissions granted to endpoint devices. It involves applying security policies to prevent both internal and external threats caused by lax permissions.
Any device or user accessing your network needs to be managed with endpoint security. This includes workstations, laptops, mobile devices, and smart devices (such as Internet of things sensors). Typically, management is accomplished with either specialized hardware or with software agents, installed on devices.
You should use endpoint security management practices to:
As organizations grow they tend to accumulate more endpoints. Endpoints are added as systems expand in size and the number of users increases. This increases accessibility to an organization’s resources. Unfortunately, it also increases the attack surface of an organization and provides attackers with more entry points to a system.
If attackers manage to breach these entryways, they can steal valuable data, abuse resources, or cause other harms to your system. One of the best ways to prevent attackers from exploiting your endpoints is with robust endpoint security management.
This management includes remote devices, such as those allowed by bring your own device (BYOD) policies. Without sufficient management, these devices can introduce vulnerabilities to your systems and provide attackers with access to otherwise protected endpoints.
Endpoint security management policies are policies that define which endpoint events are allowed and when. For example, which devices can connect to an endpoint and what those users can do once connected. Policies also include how users are authenticated and authorized prior to access, how long users can remain connected, and how endpoint activity is monitored.
An endpoint security policy should clearly define how user connections are handled and help teams restrict connections from being abused. This includes enabling administrators to apply policies on the fly.
Many endpoints accept dynamic connections and consistently allow new devices. If administrators cannot apply and modify policies on an as needed basis, these connections are left vulnerable.
Whitelisting and blacklisting
Endpoint security policies should enforce whitelisting or blacklisting practices. Whitelisting restricts connections and activity to only those descriptions that are specified. Blacklisting prevents specified descriptions from occurring.
The former is more secure since it does not require knowing all threats. However, it requires knowing all valid users which isn’t always possible.
Endpoint security tooling
EPPs are composed of a variety of tools integrated together for more robust protection. These can include, antivirus, firewalls, and network security controls. Traditionally, these platforms were designed to provide passive protections while EDR solutions were designed for proactive protections. Because of this, many EPPs now integrate with or include EDR.
You can learn more in our article about EPP vs EDR, which explains the main differences between these two endpoint technologies.
Endpoint security solutions typically combine multiple layers of security tooling into a centralized platform. These platforms provide teams with visibility into endpoint devices and traffic, enable remote control of devices, correlate event information from devices, and help standardize policy application.
Often, these platforms work through agents or proxies installed on endpoint devices. These agents collect and report event data to the central console. Some agents can also be used to control the behavior or settings of endpoints.
Depending on the platform you use, there are many features you can gain access to. Below are some of the most important features to look for in an endpoint security solution:
When managing endpoint security there are several best practices you can apply. These practices can ensure that your policies are sound and your endpoints are as secure as possible. Below are a few practices to consider.
Cynet 360 is a holistic security solution that protects against threats to endpoint security and across your network. Cynet provides tools you can use to centrally manage endpoint security across the enterprise.
Cynet’s intelligent technologies can help you detect attacks by correlating information from endpoints, network analytics and behavioral analytics with almost no false positives.
With Cynet, you can proactively monitor entire internal environments, including endpoints, network, files, and hosts. This can help you reduce attack surfaces and the likelihood of multiple attacks.
Cynet 360 provides cutting edge EDR capabilities:
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In addition, Cynet 360 provides the following endpoint protection capabilities:
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