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Enforcing endpoint security
This article is part of the Information Security issue of January/February 2011
Malware-infested, non-compliant endpoints can bring even a well-secured network to its knees unless steps are taken to assess and prevent damage. Checking the health and posture of every IP-enabled device connected to a network then taking action to enforce compliance may be a simple concept, but deployment can be tricky. According to Forrester Research, 40 percent of enterprises have started network access control (NAC) initiatives in which endpoint integrity can play a role, but only four percent have completed them. Many promising projects are abandoned, victims of overly-ambitious goals, ineffective implementations, or inter-organizational struggles. So what does it take to plan, implement, and maintain a practical-yet-effective endpoint integrity enforcement program? We asked several adopters about their experiences to uncover the secrets to success and pitfalls to avoid. These diverse implementations served varied populations but all employed some essential best practices. (see below). BEST PRACTICES Organizations offer ...
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Features in this issue
Information security managers are getting more of a say in enterprise cloud initiatives and mobile device projects.
Enforcing endpoint security requires careful planning and deployment.
Stuxnet put the spotlight on critical infrastructure protection but will efforts to improve SCADA security come too late?
Columns in this issue
Security experts Bruce Schneier and Marcus Ranum debate whether network security should be based on whitelisting or blacklisting.
Automation hasn't killed the penetration tester – yet.
A look back at articles from the past shows that the same information security problems persist today.