Endpoint security is a methodology that refers to securing endpoints, or end-user devices like desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. Each device with a when connected to the corporate network creates a potential entry point for security threats. Endpoint security is designed to secure each endpoint on the network. 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.
In most cases, endpoint security consists of server software, centrally managed within the network, in addition to client software being installed on each of the endpoints (or devices). The server authenticates logins from the endpoints and also updates the device software when needed. While endpoint security software offers antivirus, antimalware, antispyware, firewall and host intrusion prevention system.
Endpoint security has become a common IT security function and concern as more employees bring consumer mobile devices to work and companies allow its mobile workforce to use these devices on the corporate network.
Perimeter security is the methodology of setting up functional apparatus or techniques at the perimeter of the network to secure data and resources. It is part of the greater security field and has its own role in active system protection.