Endpoint protection best practices manual: Combating issues, problems

Learn how to employ effective endpoint security controls, technologies and policies, and well as define methods and techniques for a multilayered endpoint defense system.

To ensure that your infrastructure is protected against external threats, it's critical to not only secure the infrastructure at the perimeter, but also at the endpoint. Most organizations already have some endpoint security controls implemented -- firewall, antivirus and patch management – but the endpoint security market has evolved and products have become much more complex than these three basic technologies.

In this endpoint protection best practices manual, you will learn how to employ effective endpoint security controls, technologies and policies, and well as defining methods and techniques for developing a multilayered defense system. This guide also highlights best practices for installing endpoint protection systems and information on endpoint protection product costs and pricing information.

 Three ways to prioritize endpoint security over perimeter defenses
One of the most important elements of information security is keeping desktops and servers secure. It's a difficult job, and lots of IT staff members are feeling the pain -- relying on secondary defenses, such as perimeter firewalls, for protection. But that's not an ideal approach. Even if it seems a nearly impossible task, organizations must concentrate on endpoint security management to have a truly solid security foundation.

In this tip, read why organizations should prioritize endpoint security over perimeter defenses and learn several tips and best practices for refocusing your network security efforts on the endpoint.

 Bringing the network perimeter back from the 'dead'
A number of security professionals and consulting firms have expressed the importance of endpoint security, going so far as to say the perimeter is dead.

In this tip, Mike Chapple, expressing his contrasting opinion, explains why reliable, endpoint protection technologies are still an essential part of a layered enterprise network defense. Chapple also discusses the maturity of endpoint protection technology and how to maintain and adapt endpoint security channels.

 Think about performance, data protection when choosing endpoint security suites
Antimalware protection has evolved to include the use of complex endpoint security suites with multiple malware detection techniques and features, such as host-based intrusion prevention (HIPS) and full-disk encryption. Endpoint security suites offer multiple malware detection techniques and data protection features, which are especially appealing to midmarket IT organizations.

In this tip, learn some of the key points to should consider in choosing, keeping or upgrading your endpoint security software before your next subscription renewal.

 Keeping pace with emerging endpoint security technologies
Vendors have responded to the deperimeterization of corporate networks with products designed to ensure the security of connecting devices, permitting access based on the security status of the endpoint.

This article provides an overview of endpoint security technology market activity and briefly explains where the technology may be headed. You'll gain a clear understanding of where the larger players such as Cisco, Microsoft and Trusted Computing, and the smaller, best-of-breed players are headed, and how it all fits together. You'll also learn how these strategies compare and best practices for preparing endpoint security investments for the future.

 How Juniper and F5 SSL VPNs can handle endpoint security
It's not easy setting up an endpoint security system, especially when using an existing SSL VPN architecture.

In this tip, expert David Strom uses words and pictures to illustrate several steps needed, including how to set up the various endpoint security policies, and how to implement them for particular groups of users, in order to enable endpoint security using the SSL VPNs from Juniper and F5.

 Effective endpoint security without a significant investment
Vendors are always touting new products to manage endpoint security, but some of these options can be costly and organizations can't afford the expense.

In this tip, learn exactly what an endpoint is and discover how to implement effective endpoint protection at a low cost by effectively managing three technologies most organizations already employ: firewall, antivirus and patch management.

 Top tactics for endpoint security
The landscapes of today's enterprise networks are radically different than they were 10 years ago. IT staffs no longer have control over every endpoint connecting to the network, leading to a host of problems where access control is weak or nonexistent, and the endpoints are not properly secured.

This video will provide an overview of the endpoint security problem and offer strategies for securing endpoints and controlling their access. Learn best practices for creating a centrally managed endpoint security architecture, get insight into integrating a variety of network access control technologies in an organization's identity management program and receive tips for deploying an endpoint architecture that will cover all access paths.

This was first published in October 2009

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