End-point platform protection is a set of technologies based on the strategy in which security software is distributed to end-user devices, but centrally managed. End-points can include laptops, PCs, and specialized equipment such as inventory scanners and point-of-sale terminals. End-point security systems work on a client/server model. A server hosts the centralized security program, which verifies logins and sends updates and patches when needed. A client program is installed on or downloaded to every end-point, which, in this case, is every user device that connects to the corporate network.
Simple forms of end-point 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 application control programs.
Consolidating multiple components into single expandable agents, have as result reducing the footprint of these agents. Also, vendors are continuously improving their products focusing on the increasing the scanning speed, and other features aimed to decrease the impact of scheduled scans.