Endpoint security for the workplace of the future

Workplaces and their related endpoint security have changed dramatically over the last two years and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. While traditional virus and malware protection are ubiquitous security measures, additional means are available and needed to protect endpoints in a holistic manner. This is because workplaces have become increasingly sophisticated and more and more value has been added, ranging from IT machine to shop-floor workstations, all of which are increasingly mobile. As such, they are being targeted by hackers and have become one of the biggest points of failure in cyber security. According to the necessary holistic approach to cyber security in the digital era, security is only as strong as its weakest link.

The more advanced cyber security functions needed to protect those workstations include:

  • User behavior analytics
  • Cloud access security broker
  • Application screening
  • Intelligent application white-/blacklisting
  • Encryption and multi-factor authentication
  • Tokenization

While virtually all security service and software providers offer endpoint security as part of their basic managed security services, not all cover all aspects and depths, nor all kinds of endpoints.

When looking for a security service or software provider, it is essential to select one who can address all needs – best-of-breed solutions for different types of endpoints make service management unnecessary complex. Be aware that endpoint security needs to fit into the overall security architecture.

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