Background and Overview
Host devices are always the best choice and target audience for public network hackers, especially the end nodes of corporate networks for enterprises. Bad players from the outside (somehow with the help of the enterprise’s backstabbers) may sniff the confidential information by hacking employees’ laptops and smartphones/devices.
To protect the end-user devices and safeguard enterprise resources, almost all firms/enterprises are availing endpoint security protection in their on-premises environments. These endpoint protections include antiviruses, web security appliances and message gateways etc.
Endpoint protection ensures the scanning, detection and removal of malwares, vulnerabilities, spam data and software/hardware related bad-sectors on client-side devices like laptops, computers, and smartphones etc.
Enterprises’ Infrastructural Migration
Till the last 15 years, the topological reliance of almost all enterprises was based on On premises working environments. Later, the highly secure Virtual Private Network technology contributed to secured access of the devices remotely over the internet.
In the past few years especially after the pandemic, enterprises started switching their working environments from highly costed and hard to manage on-premises infrastructures to the Clouds.
No doubt fall-tolerant and redundant infrastructures are assured by the cloud service providers but still, the access of nodes is from surface via the public network INTERNET!!!!!
This transformation from on-premises to cloud cannot be done very quickly or right away. Thus, enterprises gradually move their machines and applications to the cloud. There are still millions of companies/enterprises which are working in both on-premises as well as cloud environments. This combination of computing is called Hybrid Environment. To manage the security of both ends, enterprises need professionals to manage the security of corporate resources and data on both cloud as well as on-premises environments.
Every reliable cloud services provider provides a complete set of security disciplines to protect the entire cloud computing phenomena. Whether you choose AWS, Google, Microsoft or ALIBABA all of them ensure the protection and privacy of online-based infrastructure, clients’ data and applications.
Definitely, the enterprises will convince to move over cloud ONLY IF the provider assures safety, privacy and reliability.
We just revised the phrase by adding the word “securely”
How Endpoint Security for clouds implemented?
There are four basic and fundamental points for applying endpoint cloud security:
- Sorted machine, application or data to be protected, also define the sensitivity level.
- Choose the available security solutions offering by the cloud solutions provider that best for your instance, data or application.
- Grant access with proper care.
- Closely monitor the chosen solution and test.
Following are the real-time measures that are taken during the web services:
- IAM = Identity and Access Management.
- EDR = Endpoint Detection and Response.
- DS = Data Security.
- DR = Data Retention.
- BC = Business Continuity.
- LC = Legal Compliance.
Endpoint security options of the top most cloud solution providers:
- CrowdStrike Falcon Complete.
- Digital Guardian DLP.
- Azure Firewall.
- Microsoft Intune.
- Extensible Service Proxy V2 (ESPv2).
- Cloud Endpoints Frameworks.
- Alibaba Cloud API Gateway.
- Defender Security System.
In nutshell, from the cloud datacenters to the internet and from the internet to the user end devices, the backend developments against the vulnerabilities is largely within the hands of the cloud services provider.
On the other end, the responsibilities to protect and secure the users’ hardware and network from where they are getting connected to the cloud applications are of the enterprises.