An endpoint is a computing device that communicates back and forth with a network to which is it connected, like desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, servers, workstations, printers, and is not limited to physical devices, but includes, for example, browsers and web applications. They all represent key vulnerable points of entry for adversaries.
With people becoming more mobile and users connecting to internal resources (home or organisational intranets) from off-premise endpoints all over the world, endpoints are increasingly susceptible to being breached. Objectives for targeting endpoints include:
Advanced endpoint security solutions prevent known and unknown malware and exploits; incorporate automation as much as possible so as to not have people only working on security issues and adhering to security policies; we need to protect and enable users without impacting their performance (much).