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End Point Protection Basics

Endpoint Security, also known as Endpoint Protection, is a comprehensive approach towards cybersecurity where security measures are implemented on the endpoint devices within a network to protect them from various cyber threats[1%5E][2%5E].

Endpoint devices can include laptops, desktops, mobile devices, Internet-of-things devices, and other wireless devices connected to a corporate network[2%5E][3%5E]. These devices act as points of access to an enterprise network and create pathways for potential security threats[2%5E][3%5E]. Due to their role as ‘doorways’ to corporate data and their inherent vulnerability, they are often targeted by cybercriminals[1%5E][2%5E].

Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP) are solutions that provide protection to these endpoint devices against security threats like file-based malware attacks[2%5E]. An effective endpoint security strategy involves not just preventive measures against threats, but should also focus on detection and response to new and complex threats[4%5E].

Additionally, Endpoint security also includes securing servers and workstations[5%5E]. Lastly, a significant part of endpoint security depends on the users implementing necessary security measures, emphasizing the need for robust security practices[1%5E].

Sources

  1. Microsoft Security
  2. CrowdStrike
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Cisco
  5. Fortinet

Below find a list and brief description of some of the top end point security vendors. After this brief introduction, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each of the vendors.

To decide what is right solution for your Ottawa business, contact us at Firewall Technical, and we will help walk you through a well designed end point security solution.

  1. CrowdStrike. Known for their Falcon platform, providing protection across various types of attacks[1%5E].
  2. Trellix. Offers a solution for the protection of laptops and workstations against malware[2%5E].
  3. WatchGuard. Its Endpoint Protection and Detection Response (EPDR) solution is quite popular[3%5E].
  4. Symantec. Offers optimized and modernized Endpoint security solutions[3%5E].
  5. McAfee. Known for its MVISION Endpoint which provides comprehensive defense against advanced threats[1%5E].
  6. Microsoft. Offers Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to help networks prevent, investigate and respond to threats[2%5E].
  7. Palo Alto Networks. Their offering, Cortex XDRTM, extends prevention, detection, and response capabilities to all endpoints[3%5E].
  8. Cylance (acquired by BlackBerry). Known for its Blackberry Cylance Security suite providing AI-driven endpoint protection[3%5E].
  9. Cisco Systems. Cisco AMP for Endpoints prevents threats at the point of entry and continually tracks every file[4%5E].
  10. Trend Micro. Offers Apex One which aggregates a variety of endpoint detection and response capabilities[5%5E].

These vendors have robust solutions designed for the safety of a network’s endpoint devices. The optimal choice will depend on your specific needs, budget and the size of your business.

Sources

  1. CrowdStrike
  2. Trellix
  3. WatchGuard
  4. Cisco
  5. Trend Micro

Advantages and Disadvantages of Popular End Point Solutions.

Sure, let’s talk about the advantages and disadvantages of these top vendors for endpoint security.

  1. CrowdStrike
    • Advantages. The CrowdStrike Falcon platform is cloud-native, making it easily scalable. It offers real-time visibility, fast detection, and is known for its vast threat intelligence[10%5E][6%5E].
    • Disadvantages. Some users have shared experiences of false positives. It may not be the best choice for smaller businesses due to higher costs[11%5E].
  2. Trellix
    • Advantages. Trellix’s offerings include automated threat response, integrity monitoring, and offline ZTN protection[7%5E]. User-friendly interface[12%5E].
    • Disadvantages. It might be perceived as expensive for some businesses. Integration with other security tools can be challenging[12%5E].
  3. WatchGuard
    • Advantages. WatchGuard offers a unified security platform that can be managed from a single console. Known for its simplicity and excellent support[8%5E].
    • Disadvantages. Some users have reported that its reporting features can be improved[8%5E].
  4. Symantec
    • Advantages. Offers comprehensive threat protection, MOSP-certified security, and is trusted for robust prevention, detection, and response features[13%5E].
    • Disadvantages. Its full potential may require significant technical expertise. Pricing may be higher[13%5E].
  5. McAfee
    • Advantages. Provides a centralized security management system. Known for ease of use. Well suited for larger organizations[2%5E].
    • Disadvantages. Some users have found technical support to be lacking. Can be expensive[14%5E].
  6. Microsoft
    • Advantages. Microsoft Defender brings seamless integration with other Microsoft products, machine learning-backed threat detection and can leverage data from the vast Microsoft user ecosystem[1%5E].
    • Disadvantages. Might present limitations for non-Microsoft environments or platforms[9%5E]. The solution’s richness in features may require some learning curve[14%5E].
  7. Palo Alto Networks
    • Advantages. Offers unified analytics, threat detection, prevention and response. Regularly updates its threat detection capabilities[3%5E].
    • Disadvantages. Pricing structure can be complex or higher than other vendors. Requires trained staff for maximum efficiency[15%5E].
  8. Cylance
    • Advantages. The Blackberry Cylance suite utilizes AI algorithms to predict, identify, and block threats[4%5E]. Its lightweight agent reduces system resources usage[15%5E].
    • Disadvantages. The AI approach may lead to false positives. Lacks network control features[6%5E].
  9. Cisco Systems
    • Advantages. Cisco AMP offers strong visibility into threats, excellent sandboxing capabilities, and is reputed for stable performances[5%5E].
    • Disadvantages. The user interface could be simplified. It is often considered as resource-intensive, which might affect system performance[6%5E].
  10. Trend Micro
  • Advantages. Offers advanced AI learning, provides a good all-in-one package. It’s known for strong customer support and comprehensive integrations with other tools[1%5E].
  • Disadvantages. The platform user interface needs improvement. Some systems may experience slowdown when deployed[14%5E].

Please note that these insights are based on market analysis and user reviews. When making a decision, it’s important to personally evaluate each solution based on specific needs and requirements, since your experience might differ.

Sources

  1. CrowdStrike
  2. AV Test
  3. TrustRadius
  4. Trellix
  5. Gartner Peer Insights
  6. G2
  7. G2
  8. G2
  9. PCMag
  10. Capterra
  11. Microsoft Defender
  12. Techradar
  13. Software Advice
  14. Cylance
  15. Cisco

Particular Reasons Ottawa Business Need Endpoint Security

Businesses in Ottawa, like any other city, need endpoint security to protect their vital systems, intellectual property, customer data, employees, and visitors from various cyber threats such as ransomware, phishing, malware, and other cyberattacks[1%5E].

There are a few reasons Ottawa businesses in particular, should have enhanced security.

  1. As the Nations capital, Ottawa is where most government facilities are located. Government is a particular target of hackers and bad actors.
  2. Ottawa is also where the National Defense Department is based. Also a target of bad actors and hackers. This is particularly important because, as a member of NATO, and the Five Is [Security cooperation agreement between, Canada, the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand], Canada has access to globally sensitive information.
  3. Known as Silicon Valley North, there are many high tech companies in Ottawa, each with valuable IP.

Any or all of these frequently require that any Ottawa business dealing with have enhanced security measures.

In addition to protecting against cyber threats, endpoint security can help Ottawa businesses comply with legal and regulatory requirements for data security[1%5E]. Data encryption, which is typically offered by endpoint security solutions, assists businesses to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of their data.

In summary, businesses in Ottawa need endpoint security to safeguard their data, maintain legal and regulatory compliance, and protect their systems, employees, and customers from potential cyber threats.

As an Ottawa IT solutions provider, Firewall Technical is well equipped to secure your IT environment. Contact us today!

Sources

  1. Wingman Solutions
  2. Kaspersky