An endpoint device is a device used to access a computer network. The device must be internet-capable and typically uses a TCP/IP protocol to send and receive data. Endpoint devices include desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, IoT devices, printers, and any other technology that can access an internet or organization’s network.
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Endpoint devices are the devices that people use to access the internet and do their work, every day. Depending on the type and specification of device, it could access the public internet, a local network, a corporate network, or some other infrastructure.
Due to the wide variety and configurations of endpoint devices, they can be targeted by hackers and criminals and used to compromise networks and steal data. As a result, it’s vital to secure endpoint devices and ensure there are strict policies in place to prevent unauthorized access or usage.
Endpoint security is used to discover, manage, and control devices in the corporate environment. This type of security typically places strict controls on devices, including their access to specific networks, data, applications, and other areas. Endpoint security will also integrate with firewall and antivirus technology to reduce the risk of a device being hacked.
Endpoint security is normally implemented through a central system that installs client software on each device that needs to be protected. When a user logs in and authenticates themselves, the central system will validate login credentials and ensure the device complies with security policies. It will then provide access to the network.
If a device does not comply with endpoint security policies, it can be temporarily or permanently blocked from access sensitive networks. The device may lose local administrative rights or access to the internet.