Endpoint Security vs Antivirus

With Cyber attacks on the increase, there is a lot of discussion about increasing the protection of and on your devices.

Traditionally we have worried about our PCs and Macs, protecting them with an antivirus tool, often also with a personal firewall.

Now, of course, we use more than one device on a daily basis, with sometimes three (3) devices connected via our data plans, our offices and through our home networks.

These are known as endpoints and are typically classified as:

  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Laptops
  • Desktops
  • Workstations
  • Servers

Many people bring their own devices into the workplace and connect into a range of networks, including company networks. This situation presents a higher security risk and needs to be managed accordingly.

With a new range of attacks using techniques such as file-less, ransomware and zero-day attacks affecting devices. Antivirus protection is no longer enough and additional new technologies such as those offered through endpoint solutions are required as part of a comprehensive security plan.

Endpoint security vs Antivirus in a nutshell

Endpoint security refers to to the protection of an overall network, using a comprehensive system of techniques.

Antivirus refers to the protection of individual devices against virus and malware attacks.