Endpoint security is a client/server information security (IS) methodology for protecting a corporate network through focusing on network devices (endpoints) by monitoring their status, activities, software, authorization and authentication.
Security software is installed on any endpoint device, as well as network servers. Such software may include antivirus, antispyware, firewall and a host intrusion prevention system (HIPS).For management and IT security personnel, endpoint security is an increasingly critical element for corporate networks as more employees and authorized outsiders (like business partners, consultants, customers and clients) are granted network access through the Internet and/or a variety of mobile devices.
Endpoint security is evolving with technological advances. Security elements now include intrusion protection and prevention, as well as behavior blocking software to monitor endpoint device activities for unsanctioned applications or malicious intent
Some complex endpoint security programs focus on user device authentication. As a user attempts to login, credentials are validated, and the device is scanned for compliance with corporate policies, which may include a scan for unauthorized software (such as games and peer-to-peer applications), updated virtual private network (VPN), antivirus software, a firewall, mandatory corporate software and an approved operating system (OS).