Top Trends in Endpoint Security for 2020.

top trends in endpoint security

Endpoint devices are on the front lines in network security. They're the ones that connect directly to the Internet. Email phishing, remote login attempts, hostile Web pages, and port scans are just some of the attacks they're regularly subject to. Once they're compromised, they become the launching point for attacks on the network's internals.

Endpoint security is the systematic management of a network's endpoint devices to safeguard them. It goes beyond securing the individual machines to treating them all as an attack surface that needs consistent protection. Endpoints include desktop and laptop computers, tablets, phones, point-of-sale devices, and IoT devices. A weakness in any of them can open up the whole network to breaches.

Priorities have changed over time. This is partly because the threats have changed and partly because of the legal landscape. GDPR took effect in Europe in 2019 and affects all sites that do business in Europe. Protection of personal data is a higher priority than ever, since failing to safeguard it can result in heavy fines.

How endpoint threats are changing

Criminals and spies keep changing their tactics to get around existing defenses. Old techniques have become less effective. Security engineers need to devise new methods of protection. It's a never-ending arms race. Several trends in threats have become clear in 2019 and will grow in 2020.

How the defenses are evolving

As traditional approaches such as firewalls and antivirus software have become less effective, new approaches have emerged.

Final thoughts

Endpoint security will never be perfect. New types of threats pose unfamiliar risks, and users make mistakes. The only way to stay reasonably safe is to keep adapting. Keeping existing protections updated is important, but it's not enough. IT managers need to look at new approaches and decide when it's time for a serious overhaul.


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