Antivirus is only a part of the device security strategy.
Endpoint security refers to securing endpoints, or end-user devices like desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. Endpoints serve as points of access to a business network and create points of entry that can be exploited by malicious individuals.
Endpoint security software protects these points of entry from risky activity and/or malicious attack. When companies can ensure endpoint compliance with data security standards, they can maintain greater control over the growing number and type of access points to the network.
Endpoint security software uses encryption and application control to secure devices accessing the enterprise network, thereby better controlling security on those avenues of access to monitor and block risky activities. Encrypting data on endpoints and removable storage devices helps to protect against data leaks and loss. Application control prevents endpoint users from executing unauthorized applications that could create vulnerabilities in the network.
Anti-virus software is central to endpoint security; it does not always protect individual devices and servers. Implementing endpoint protection creates a two-pronged approach to security by also securing individual devices that connect to the network. Using an endpoint security approach makes endpoints more heavily responsible for security than anti-virus software that protects the network alone.
Anti virus alone won’t protect your business from malicious virus and data loss. Operating system Security patching and updates are essential
For example Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015, but extended support won't end until January 14, 2020.
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