What is Endpoint Security?
Endpoint security is an approach to network protection that requires each computing device on a corporate network to comply with certain standards before network access is granted. Endpoints can include PCs, laptops, smart phones, tablets and specialized equipment such as bar code readers or point of sale (POS) terminals.
Endpoint security systems work on a client/server model in which a centrally managed server or gateway hosts the security program and an accompanying client program is installed on each network device. When a client attempts to log onto the network, the server program validates user credentials and scans the device to make sure that it complies with defined corporate security policies before allowing access to the network. Required elements may include an approved operating system, a VPN client and anti-virus software with current updates. Devices that do not comply with policy are given limited access or quarantined on a virtual LAN (VLAN).
Simple forms of endpoint security include personal firewalls or anti-virus software that is distributed and then monitored and updated from the server. The term is evolving, however, to include intrusion detection with behavior-blocking components that monitor devices and look for actions that are typically initiated by rootkits. The term endpoint security is also being used in association with anti-virus in the cloud. In this software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery model, the host server and its security programs are maintained remotely by the vendor.
Endpoint Protection Suite includes
Real – time anti – malware and antivirus protection – Block viruses, Trojans, worms, adware, spy ware, and other potentially unwanted programs that steal confidential data and sabotage user productivity.
Proactive email and web security— Intercept malware and spam before it reaches in boxes. Built-in McAfee Site Ad visor Enterprise Plus warns users about malicious websites before they click and allows administrators to authorize or block website access, ensuring compliance.
Desktop firewall — Control desktop applications that can access the network, and stop network-borne attacks and downtime. Deploy and manage firewall policies based on location to deliver complete protection and compliance with regulations.
Comprehensive device control — Monitor and restrict data copied to removable storage devices and media to keep it from leaving company control.
Unrivaled centralized management — The McAfee e Policy Orchestrator (McAfee ePO) platform with Real Time for McAfee ePO provides instant visibility and control over security defenses and unifies controls over all your security and compliance tools, from McAfee as well as third parties.
Accurate and effective email spam and virus filter — Built upon big intelligence combined with multi-layered security, including Skeptic. The service is designed to protect against 99% of spam (95% double byte characters) and 100% protection from known and unknown viruses.
Skeptic scanning provides defense against spam, malware, phishing and targeted attacks & it is able to detect new and sophisticated targeted attacks through detailed and predictive analysis.
Link following technology examines URLs — Protection against phishing, spear phishing and targeted attacks, link following will scan links in emails to test if sites contain malicious content.
Dependable service from the cloud — More than a decade has been spent delivering and continuously developing a highly accurate, effective cloud service for securing and managing your email. Backed by a comprehensive and meaningful service level agreement and supported by a global team.
Features and Benefits of Endpoint Security