Endpoint security is in many ways the direct descendent of the first forms of computer protection in the earliest days of IT. But it’s a rapidly developing category, as organizations look to coordinate control of the PCs, servers and phones on their networks to keep out malware and intruders. Let’s look at what this year has in store for the industry, as multiple vendors scramble for your attention and money.
What is endpoint security?
Endpoint security is a security approach that focuses on locking down endpoints— individual computers, phones, tablets and other network-enabled devices — in order to keep networks safe. That might sound like a fancy name for putting a firewall and antivirus software on your PC, and indeed in the early days of the category there was some suspicion that it was a marketing buzzphrase to make antivirus offerings sound cutting edge.