Endpoint Security FAQs

Endpoint security is software that can be installed on a device to ensure that it is protected against different forms of malware. The most common example of traditional endpoint security is antivirus software. However, endpoint protection is available in different forms, and choosing the right one is essential to keeping your devices secure.

Next generation endpoint security looks very different though. At CWSI, we’re looking into the future of endpoint security. We’re developing software that is more capable of recognising threats. The goal is to use AI learning and a much more responsive system to protect endpoints against modern threats.

While cybercriminals can disguise their malware by altering their programmed signatures to avoid antivirus software, they won’t be changing what the malware does on the endpoint. For example, encrypting, deleting, and even creating files is a clear sign of malware. Next-gen endpoint protection platforms have been programmed to recognise these actions to identify and attack malware by monitoring the endpoint’s processes.

In order to fully understand how end point security works, we need to first understand how malware works. Malware is designed by cybercriminals, which means that they can program their malware to complete various tasks or operate in a specific way — in other words, malware can be customised by cybercriminals, making each one unique.

When malware is sent to an endpoint, it manifests in different components. Initially, the malware will consist of two components. The first is the virus itself which is encrypted, and the second component is used to extract the encrypted file. When the malware is downloaded onto an endpoint, the extraction will autorun in the background of the device, which means that the user won’t know about the malware being installed on the endpoint.

When the malware has been extracted, two more components will be revealed. A persistence mechanism is the first element, which is used to take over the operating system processes — this allows the malware to start up everytime the device is switched on. The second component is the malware itself, which can have a range of functions from stealing user data to encrypting or deleting files.

Each of these components has a recognisable signature on the endpoint. Endpoint protection is used to recognise these signatures and then delete them from the device before they can cause any further damage. Endpoint security software is programmed to catch these signatures in their early stages before the malware is installed.

Cybersecurity is an incredibly important topic to dive into. Unfortunately though, most explanations are fa

You might be wondering what an endpoint is first of all, so let’s start off with the basics. An endpoint is defined as one end of a communications channel. In other words, it’s the source that communications originate from or end at. In more simple terms though, it’s a device that you can use.

Here are some examples of an endpoint:

  • Desktops
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Mobile devices
  • Smart watches
  • Medical devices
  • Digital printers
  • Servers
  • Internet of Things (IoT) devices

Point-of-Sale (POS) systems

Antivirus software is part of traditional endpoint security. Endpoint protection is made up of several different types of software such as antivirus, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and anti-malware tools.

However, antivirus software is somewhat flawed when it comes to sophisticated modern cyberattacks. The software has been programmed to detect malware signatures based on a library within the software. This allows the antivirus software to detect and delete known malware as soon as it is downloaded onto the endpoint.

However, the problem is that cybercriminals have full control over their malware, which allows them to alter signatures that antivirus software uses to detect them. If the cybercriminal changes the signature to one that the antivirus software does not recognise, the malware will be able to bypass the antivirus’ detection.

Mobility FAQs

Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) is the solution. EMM is software that allows businesses to allow employees to use their mobile devices securely and productively. This gives your workforce more flexibility, and it allows them to get the job done whether they‘re in the office or not.

The goal of EMM software is to allow staff to work on their own devices, whether that’s a smartphone, laptop, or tablet. The EMM solution makes these personal devices more secure, and it allows staff to be more productive while they’re on the go.

The software is available in different branches, but generally, the software is packaged in an enterprise mobility suite which offers various mobile management services in different degrees – all depending on the type of security and control your organisation needs.

EMM essentially allows you to deliver the configurations and profiles that take this under control and at scale without overloading your team. It then brings a simple deployment of changes and updates to the estate as the target moves over time.

No software will ever be able to guarantee you complete safety from the latest trends in cybercrime. However, EMM solutions will give your business full device management at scale.

With the ever-increasing reliance on technology, the threat of cybercrime trails closely behind. In today’s world, there’s a higher risk of a devastating cyber attack taking place and inflicting a massive amount of damage on your businesses. Ransomware is perhaps the worst form of malware your business could encounter, and it’s becoming far more common than you might expect.

Cybercrime can cause damage to your business network, and the last thing you want is a series of setbacks that will affect your entire team’s efficiency and productivity. Oftentimes human error is the biggest risk to any organisation, whether it’s intentionally sharing information or falling victim to phishing scams.

EMM will help your business to prevent that from happening, with the ability to contain sensitive data and protect it from external threats. Having control over personal devices will give your company peace of mind while allowing your staff to have mobility and increased flexibility with the flourishing BYOD initiative.

There are several different branches to the enterprise mobility network. Understanding what each one is and what it does is important to get the most out of your enterprise mobility suite. You can employ just one of these functions, or all of them depending on the security needs that your business has.

  • Mobile Device Management (MDM) – MDM relies on an agent app (installed on an endpoint device), and server software (running in the organisation’s data centre or the cloud). The business can set different parameters, and policies, and configure different settings through the application installed on the endpoint device. The app on the endpoint device will then enforce these settings by integrating with the device’s operating system.
  • Mobile Application Management (MAM) – MAM works on a smaller scale than MDM. Rather than configuring settings and policies for the entire device, the administrator can set policies for specific apps, or a subset of apps. This will allow the organisation to control specific elements of the device.
  • Mobile Content Management (MCM) – MCM allows the business to control which applications are allowed to access and transfer company data. For example, you can prevent employees from sending sensitive business information over instant messaging apps and social media.
  • Identity and Access Management (IAM) – IAM allows your employees’ devices to remain user-friendly even with parameters in place. This function lets you set policies based on how, when, and where company and app data can be accessed or transferred.

MDM, Mobile Device Management is the foundation of EMM solutions. MDM allows the administrator (the business) to configure different profiles and settings on the endpoint device – which manages all features on the device. This can only be done if an application is installed on the endpoint device.

With the profile (application) installed on the endpoint device, the administrator can encrypt various areas of the device remotely. This will also allow them to erase all data and information from a smartphone or tablet if it has been stolen or lost for example.

With MDM installed, the administrator can also gain insight into the device’s details such as storage, OS, configuration, settings and more. This would allow the IT department to remotely troubleshoot any issues with the device.

EMM on the other hand manages the entire device and provides policy compliance, data and document security, as well as app customisation.

EMM solutions have been evolving as devices become smarter and gain more functionalities. With the introduction of smartphones and tablets, more control and security is needed than just the average laptop.

Unified endpoint management has been designed to allow EMM software to manage all types of endpoints. That means that any device can be managed whether it’s running iOS, Android, Windows, Mac OS, or Chrome OS, and all of that is done through one single console.

The introduction of UEM means that there’s no need to invest in new software for each type of device that enters your business network, which creates an easier and more affordable solution for everyone.