A different set of defensive controls to aid in computer security comes in the form of endpoint protection software solutions that are installed locally but can be administered remotely. Through the use of policies and rules, restrictions can be enforced on network traffic, access to files, and execution of applications.
Some of the most common endpoint protection software solutions include the following:
- Host-based firewalls
- Anti-malware software
- Application whitelisting software
A host-based firewall is a piece of software installed and running on a single host that can restrict incoming (ingress) and outgoing (egress) network activity for that host only. The firewall software can prevent a host from getting infected by blocking access to the network port of potentially vulnerable services. This doesn't, however, prevent the compromise of a vulnerable service that isn't blocked by the firewall. Host-based firewalls have undergone many changes...