One of the biggest challenges facing organizations today is the need to respond quickly to an increasingly mobile workforce and customer base. Data and services are the lifeline between organizations and consumers as well as employees. To stay competitive, most organizations are embracing digital transformation, developing new tools and applications that provide faster and more seamless access to critical information, regardless of the device being used to access it. As a result, the weakest link in the security chain of today’s expanding and increasingly distributed networks is almost always the endpoint.
However, most IT teams treat endpoint devices separately from the rest of the network. Endpoint security is often applied to devices as an isolated solution, usually in the form of an antivirus solution or endpoint security package. Network security often begins at the point where an endpoint device touches the network. But with networks spanning multiple ecosystems, including multi-cloud infrastructures, a growing number of cloud-based services, and even Shadow IT, that demarcation point is becoming increasingly difficult to define and defend. Enterprises can no longer keep endpoint devices in a secure “walled garden” that is separated from the rest of the network.