Endpoint Protection Systems

Because medical practices and the business associates that serve them handle protected health information (PHI) regularly, precautions must be taken to safeguard sensitive information. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends ten practices that all organizations handling PHI must implement. Today, we examine endpoint protection systems.

What is Endpoint Protection?

While it may sound technical, an endpoint is simply any device that connects to your internal networks. Common examples of endpoints include laptops, smartphones, tablets, or servers in a data center. Endpoint protection secures the various endpoints connected to the network to limit access and keep network data safe.

What is the Difference Between System Endpoint Protection and Antivirus?

Antivirus is a building block of endpoint protection. Antivirus software protects an individual device when it is installed. System endpoint protection secures the entire network. Endpoint security software is installed on network servers, allowing an organization to secure the whole network, without the need for installing the software on individual devices. 

Standard features of system endpoint protection software include:

  • Data loss prevention detects and monitors sensitive information, ensuring unauthorized users do not have access. In a data breach, data is protected from theft or loss.
  • Disk, endpoint, and email encryption is the process of protecting your data from theft or corruption by making data illegible.
  • Network access control restricts which devices are allowed to connect to a network.
  • Endpoint detection and response monitors and responds to security threats.
  • Insider threat protection prevents internal threats to a network by those with inside information, such as employees or former employees.
  • Application whitelisting or control is a system that determines which software applications are accessible from a network. Applications that are deemed harmful will not be accessible.
  • Data classification identifies vital information to make it easy to retrieve and use.
  • Privileged user control is a user authorized to access features that other users cannot, such as security functions. 

Any effective endpoint security software must include application control and endpoint encryption. These features prevent unauthorized users from accessing data. Endpoint encryption hides sensitive data. Application control blocks employees who may attempt to download applications like spyware, or malware that could give unauthorized users access to a network.

Make Sure You’re HIPAA Compliant

Compliancy Group can help you address everything required for HIPAA, including endpoint protection.