Endpoint security management is a policy-based approach to network security that requires endpoint devices such as laptops, printers and mobile devices, to comply with specific criteria before they are granted access to network resources. Any device with a remote connection to a network creates a potential entry point for security threats.
Purchased as either software or as a dedicated appliance, endpoint security management systems discover, manage and control any device that requests access to the corporate network. A VPN client, an approved operating system, and anti-virus software with current updates are typically required elements of an endpoint security management system.
An endpoint that doesn't comply with the policies being enforced can, to varying degrees, be controlled by the system, and a device that does not comply with the network are typically given limited access—such as removing local admin rights or restricting Internet browsing—or even quarantined on a virtual LAN (VLAN).
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