Advanced Endpoint Protection (AEP) is a next-generation security solution capable of blocking malicious files and programs while also containing them in a safe virtual container. The files held in the virtual container are analyzed to give an accelerated verdict on their safety status using advanced malware analysis tools. Highly secured AEP system adopts a Default Deny Policy, that is, they prevent you from opening a file or running an application unless they have been marked as safe. This is a different approach from anti-viruses which allows the opening of a file if it does not match a pre-defined malware signature, this is problematic because such a system cannot detect new and customized viruses.
Therefore, AEP is needed to secure and protect endpoints against unexpected data leakages, attacks, and exploits. Businesses cannot prevent persistent and advanced threats as well as targeted attacks through basic anti-virus protection alone, a full spectrum protection such as AEP is needed for such a complex task.
Many businesses allow their employees to use their personal devices for work-related tasks, this can expose the network to attacks unless an effective protection is in place. AEP also protects mobile-based endpoints including smartphones, tablet PCs, and laptops while enhancing the protection of traditional endpoints such as desktop PCs and servers.
The protection solutions offered by AEP include functionalities for network access control. Basically, they provide a definition of the different protocols and processes that are used in preventing unauthorized access to sensitive data located on various endpoints in an enterprise. AEP typically runs an evaluation on endpoints including browsers, operating systems, and other vulnerable applications before granting them access to important system files or resources. AEP ensures that all the applications in an organizations computer network are up to date. This will reduce endpoint vulnerabilities while also backing up the system state to allow restoration of a clean system state when needed.
Importance of Advanced Endpoint Protection For Businesses
Reduction in Data Breaches
The single-integrated endpoint security that AEP provides is more effective in detection and prevention of attacks than conventional anti-virus software protection. The approach also enhances effectiveness in terms of collaboration within computer networks to identify and eliminate threats. AEP utilizes endpoint Data Loss Prevention(DLP) software, application whitelisting, and host-based firewall software protection to identify and eliminate threats from any endpoint in a system. A good number of data breaches are as a result of unexpected or careless user actions. For example, a user may copy important or sensitive files to a USB flash drive for backups. While copying the files may not be a data breach by itself, it may be against a company’s policy to copy sensitive files to external devices due to the risk associated with losing such a device AEP, via its DLP capabilities and device control, is able to prevent such breach.
It is less expensive for a firm to purchase a single product that ensures the protection of entire computer systems (AEP) rather than conventional antivirus software protection for each endpoint. Cost-effectiveness also applies to the infrastructural layouts and software support. For example, a fully integrated AEP for a small company can run on a single server (or two for redundancy protection). In comparison to standalone anti-virus protection, AEP saves a lot of costs since the standalone products need more servers. Cost efficiencies for AEP can also be viewed from the perspective of reduced labor cost since it only needs a single management interface.
Enhanced Development and Deployment of New Security Tech
Security tweaks from a single product are much faster, more integrated across computer systems, and more efficient. Additionally, if your business is considering a new security management platform AEP is much faster to deploy. After installation, the system will only require configurations to add new security features in the future.
Most of the security technologies provided by endpoint protection have been in the market either as loosely bundled products or as standalone products. These include host-based or personal firewalls, host-based intrusion prevention and detection software, and anti-malware software protection. The advantage of AEP software over these traditional security approaches comes with the integration of all these capabilities into a single product. AEP, due to its single interface and central management capabilities enhances seamless endpoint integration, thus proving superior to traditional standalone computer protection software.
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