The need to enhance endpoint security increased significantly amid the pandemic when lockdown measures contributed to the ubiquity of remote working for healthcare workers and the use of personal devices in hospitals to improve workflow.

Endpoint security should be a crucial component of every healthcare organization’s cybersecurity program. It only takes one vulnerable endpoint for a threat actor to gain access and orchestrate a healthcare cyberattack—and with an uptick in remote work, bring-your-own-device (BYOD), and a growing number of connected devices across healthcare IT networks, cybercriminals have a multitude of options.

Endpoints include laptops, mobile devices, medical devices, printers, servers, smartwatches, or any end-user device that is connected to an organization’s IT network. A single organization may have thousands of endpoints on its network, managed internally or by third-party vendors.

Endpoint security is the practice of securing those endpoints through a network or cloud-based system, a blog post on McAfee’s website states. Basic endpoint protection platforms (EPPs) function by examining files as they enter the network and detecting threats.

Read the full article at Health It Security.