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ALSO CALLED: End Point Security, End-point Security
DEFINITION: Endpoint security is a strategy in which security software is distributed to end-user devices but centrally managed. Endpoint security systems work on a client/server model. A client program is installed on or downloaded to every endpoint, which, in this case, is every user device that connects to the corporate network. Endpoints can include PCs, laptops, handhelds, and specialized equipment such as  … 
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ENDPOINT SECURITY DEFINITION (continued): …  inventory scanners and point-of-sale terminals. A server or gateway hosts the centralized security program, which verifies logins and sends updates and patches when needed. Simple forms of endpoint security include personal firewalls or anti-virus software that is distributed and then monitored and updated from the server. The term is evolving, however, to include security elements such as intrusion detection and prevention, anti-spyware software, and behavior-blocking software (programs that monitor devices and look for operations and actions that are typically initiated by unsanctioned applications … 
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