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What Is an 'Endpoint'?

Some companies' endpoint security strategies may now cover an ever-widening array of devices, as Dark Reading's latest "State of Endpoint Security" survey discovered.

While respondents to Dark Reading's "2020 Endpoint Security" survey are generally in agreement that end-user workstations and end-user laptops should be included in the definition of the term "endpoint device," a long list of other network-connected devices also passed the test.

Most respondents include corporate-issued smartphones (75%) and employee-owned bring-your-own-device (BYOD) smartphones (66%) in their endpoint definition, and 53% also include consumer Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Respondents also extend the word "endpoint" beyond the end user. Point-of-sale systems (65%), corporate networked printers (63%), corporate servers (59%), industrial IoT devices (55%), medical IoT devices (49%), and routers (34%) made the cut. Nearly half (49%) also count remote workers’ networked devices (printers/routers).

Using these broad definitions, most respondents (56%) still say they manage fewer than 1,000 endpoints, but 5% of organizations estimate they have 100 or even 1,000 times as many.

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5/11/2020 | 8:27:48 AM
Good list
The term has its origin in reference to computer networks. The endpoint is a device or node that is connected to the LAN or WAN and accepts communications back and forth across the network. In a traditional sense, an endpoint can be a modem, hub, bridge, or switch. It also could be data terminal equipment (such as a digital telephone handset, router, or printer) or a host computer (such as a workstation or a server). - Druva.com

One of the things that may have been left out would be modem, hub, bridge or switch.

In most instances, I would thnk it would be the receiving device because a router routes the packets to the next hop, but from an ISP standpoint, it would be the endpoint because it is the demarcation point from which their responsibility ends (CPE). So it is dependent on whose perspective you see this from.

Interesting commentary.

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