Rising Need of Unified Endpoint Management (UEMs) and security

28 December, 2021
Unified Endpoint Management

The modern workforce expects a user-friendly telecommuting environment that is accessible on devices and in locations of their choice. As you enable users to work securely from any device, automated and user-friendly self-service options, along with one-touch app provisioning, bring benefits to your employees from day one. Leverage modern analytics-based lifecycle management solutions to improve IT efficiency without compromising control and security using Unified Endpoint Management

What is Endpoint Security?

In a contextualized way, Endpoint can be any device, mobile or not, from a workstation to notebooks, tablets, and cell phones, which can be connected to a network.

Therefore, endpoint security aims to ensure that all services connected to a network are protected against various types of cyberattacks such as worms, Trojans, spyware, adware, rootkits, and software vulnerability attacks (“zero-day exploitation”).

What is Unified Endpoint Security (UES) and why is it so important to your business?

Digital resources are, nowadays, indispensable for any business. But, as not everything is flowery, the complexity of the corporate environment provides opportunities for the emergence of new and complex risks of cyber fraud.

Unfortunately, antivirus products are no longer sufficient to protect users from complex attacks. Thus, it becomes essential to implement a reliable security system in virtual space.

For organizational environments, it is recommended to adopt the Unified Endpoint Security (or Endpoint Protection) approach, capable of protecting an enterprise network, when accessed, both by internal and remote devices, such as servers, workstations, smartphones, laptops, tablets, or others wireless devices.

How does Endpoint Security work?

Endpoint Security acts to stop threats, monitor overall system health, and generate reports with detection and status information. The software client is installed on each system but has a centralized orchestrator.

The protection system encompasses application installation and access permission management, network and Internet access control, device control, data loss management (DLP), threat detection and response, and most importantly, anti-malware protection.

In other words, the system protects servers, computer systems, laptops, and tablets against known and unknown threats. These threats include malware, suspicious communications, untrustworthy websites, and downloaded files.

Why is it important to have good Endpoint security?

Viruses and cyber-attacks can cause millions of dollars in damage to businesses. There are numerous paths these attacks can take, such as data hijacking with Ransomware, loss of important information, bank password theft, application/server slowdown, and damage, users stopped while computers are under maintenance, or applications unavailable

According to the FBI, the damage caused by different types of malware totaled more than USD 11 million in 2018 alone. In 2019, according to the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of data breaches reached USD 3.92 million, the highest recorded to date. Hence the importance of maintaining the integrity and security of your digital system.

Key Benefits of UEM (Unified Endpoint Management)

UEM (Unified Endpoint Management) solution, which is focused on user experience and automation, delivers engaging experiences, from onboarding to checkout, driving productivity and employee satisfaction.

Make users more productive by giving them a choice of devices and applications while simplifying unified endpoint management.

  • Manage devices from anywhere in a unified platform 
  • Rapid, contactless deployment of devices with an automated and intuitive self-service solution 
  • Simple, one-touch access to business applications in a unified catalog 
  • Management of policies, content, and distribution based on users 
  • Protect devices and data with a professional-grade security solution 
  • Reduce total cost of operations with industrialized automation throughout the device lifecycle 

Difference between Endpoint and Antivirus security

While both offer protection solutions, Endpoint Security and Antivirus are different things. While antivirus is software that detects, prevents, and acts to remove malicious software programs such as viruses and worms on PCs – single or many -, Endpoint security covers the entire infrastructure.

Endpoint Security contains not only anti-malware, common among antiviruses but many security tools against different types of threats. With it, it is possible to maintain device integrity, user authentication/authorization, in order to preserve secure Endpoints, which are not included in the antivirus package.

Benefits of Endpoint Security

Among the advantages of Endpoint security, the following stand out:

Cost Reduction

Instead of investing in separate components to ensure the protection of each device connected to the network, the Endpoint system brings together the necessary components in a single set, which is much more cost-effective.

Easy Installation

Just install and configure the central server that will secure the network. Thus, devices will only be able to access the network after installing the client on their devices.

Centralized Administration

It is possible to centralize the network from the security management system, in this case, the Endpoint.

Thus, the company’s IT infrastructure manager or the outsourced partner becomes the Endpoint server administrator, being responsible for the control to revoke and grant user permissions, audit security, obtain reports, monitor the network, among other aspects. These actions take place through an Orchestrator or remote management portal.

Blocking Unwanted Actions

Although often unintentional, unwanted intrusions can be frequent in the organizational environment. For example, if an employee of a company puts an infected USB stick on his work computer, it can cause a vulnerability in the system.

For this reason, some companies have security policies that prevent employees from plugging internal devices into workstations. Thus, Endpoint security software helps to block this type of activity.

Easy Integration with New Technologies

As the security system is just a composite, it becomes easier for new solutions to be added to the system in a simple way. Thus, companies have access to updates securely and unified, at once, for all devices.

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