Endpoint Protection

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

We live under attack in cyberspace—no matter how much money we have, no matter our race, or where we live.

This attack doesn’t put us at risk physically, however, it may damage our reputation, expose information about our company or family and, of course, it can hurt us financially. Since 1987, when the first two heuristic antivirus utilities were released (Flushot Plus by Ross Greenberg and Anti4us by Erwin Lanting) people have been fighting this virtual plague. These days, many virtual plagues exist beside just viruses. There is also: malware (a combination of two words: “malicious” + “software”). Some examples of malware are: Adware, Spyware, Virus, Worm, Trojan, Rootkit, Backdoors, Key loggers, Rogue security software, Ransomware, and Hijacker.

Because of the many different type of malware we need to swap out “Antivirus” software for EPPs (Endpoint Protection Platforms).

According to Gartner:

“An endpoint protection platform (EPP) is a solution that converges endpoint device security functionality into a single product that delivers antivirus, anti-spyware, personal firewall, application control and other styles of host intrusion prevention (for example, behavioral blocking) capabilities into a single and cohesive solution. More advanced EPP solutions are starting to integrate with vulnerability, patch and configuration management capabilities for more proactive protection. Beyond fighting malware, modern EPP products are expanding to include data protection features, such as disk and file encryption, data loss prevention, and device control. The majority of the EPP market is focused on PC-type endpoints; however, these solutions increasingly are starting to encompass management and tracking of other mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones.”

Today many security companies focus exclusively in this area.

Gartner created a system for rating them called “magic quadrant”. With this analysis we can see the top companies and their position in the market.

For each companies’ size or type of user we need apply a different EPP.

2016 – The Cyberthreat Defense Report published by CyberEdge Group revealed that 76% of companies fell victim to a breach in 2015 and 62% of over 1,000 IT security decision makers surveyed expect next year to be the same.

 

 

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