Why Endpoint Visibility Is Critical to Network Security

Endpoint security is a growing concern as gaps in protection continue to leave devices vulnerable to attack. Most organizations are slow to roll out software patches and security updates across their entire endpoint system. This is complicated by bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies and shadow IT, which involves the use of applications without IT’s knowledge or approval. Also, security in Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints tends to be weak because many of these devices lack the processing power, storage and memory to support traditional security solutions.

These facts are not lost on hackers, who increasingly target vulnerable endpoints. Closing endpoint security gaps requires more than antivirus protection. Organizations need to implement comprehensive endpoint patch management solutions, take control of applications, and maintain full backups of endpoint operating systems, applications, device policies and controls.

Endpoint security is the process of securing desktop and mobile devices, IoT devices and other network-connected endpoints to block unauthorized users and malware from entering the network. Because of mobile workforces and BYOD, traditional perimeter security is no longer adequate. You can’t defend the network perimeter when there’s no truly defined perimeter.

Ironically, endpoints are goldmines of data that can be used to support real-time threat detection and response. Problem is, organizations typically lack end-to-end visibility into endpoints. Without endpoint visibility, early detection of threats becomes more difficult. False positives create noise that makes it tougher to distinguish normal user behavior from malicious activity, and to gain valuable context by correlating multiple security events.

Forrester predicts that demand for endpoint visibility and control solutions will increase dramatically as organizations look to plug security gaps and prevent data breaches. In fact, the visibility and control market is expected to grow faster than any other segment of endpoint security, with 23.2 percent annual growth expected over the next five years. Next-generation solutions in this category allow organizations to take a more proactive approach to detecting and stopping threats rather than attempting to remediate and contain cyberattacks, often after damage has been done.

Ziften’s endpoint visibility and control solution provides continuously streamed, “all-the-time” visibility into endpoint activity, not just point-in-time snapshots. Visibility data is stored as long as necessary so you have access to historical data that can be used for forensics, trending and behavior analysis.

Ziften allows you to monitor any asset – not just client devices, but also servers, virtual machines and cloud instances. Whether an endpoint is on the network, working remotely, in the cloud or completely offline, Ziften provides visibility into what’s happening on those devices. In addition, Ziften’s real-time and historical visibility database and global threat intelligence can be integrated with existing IT and security analytics systems.

Endpoint visibility is quickly becoming an essential security capability. Unfortunately, most organizations have yet to implement an endpoint visibility and control solution. Let us show you how Ziften supports your cybersecurity strategy by collecting all the data required to accurately assess risk across all of your endpoints.