Endpoint security includes securing the numerous network connected devices, PCs, laptops, handhelds (connected to a network), just to name a few. Each device creates a potential entry point for security threats. Endpoint security is meant to secure each endpoint on the network (which is created by such devices). Having a good end point security mechanism is important for corporations that might be interested in meeting lucrative security standards, such as, PCI compliance, which allows a company to become eligible for managing credit card holder data. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of requirements which ensure that all companies that process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment. PCI compliant companies can earn huge amounts of revenue by securing such data for large corporations. However, before one can actually get to such an internationally recognized standard, it is necessary to work extensively on network security which includes endpoint security.
Sophos Endpoint Assesement Test is a free tool that scans a computer and provides an assessment about it’s security risk to an organization. It checks if your Microsoft service pack is appropriate, if your Microsoft patches are up to date, antivirus protection details and firewall information. This can be quite helpful for checking systems before deploying them in a network environment.
Before you can run this tool, you will require filling a form and providing a email address where you will be sent a link. After you click on this link, a dissolvable agent will start running after it is initiated from your default browser.
Once the agent is initiated, it will begin testing your computer for possible security threats. Since it is a dissolvable agent, you do not require installing any software on the computer being tested.
Once the assessment is complete, it will show results explaining the security flaws (if any) and areas where deployed security meets the required standards.
Sophos Endpoint Assessment Test runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, provided you have Java Runtime Environment (JRE) version 5 (update 12) or version 6 (update 2).