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September 2006

Ping: Christopher Ray

The definition of endpoint security is in the eye of the beholder. Christopher Ray, second vice president of information security for insurance provider AFLAC, says it's about more than device integrity checks. The recipe is a combination of traditional security solutions, WITH a dash of policy and procedure ingredients. Clear up some of the confusion over endpoint security. How does AFLAC define it? A lot of people relate endpoint security to one particular technology component. The approach we've taken is a multilayered one. Endpoint security is not defined as antivirus, or a desktop firewall, or patching. It's a combination, plus the policies and procedures in place in an organization. So it's about more than integrity checks on workstations and devices? That's a very proactive step. For a lot of incidents, companies have to worry about them after the fact, and it sucks up a lot of resources to clean up a virus attack. Integrity checks are great solutions; it helps to do these up front. What does AFLAC do beyond integrity ...

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