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Endpoint Security Standard

WSU Endpoint Security Standard (pdf)


Endpoints (e.g., laptops, desktops, mobile devices) are a fundamental part of the WSU information system landscape. Endpoints are an important source of connecting end users to networks and systems and are also a major source of vulnerabilities and a frequent target of attackers looking to penetrate a network. User behavior is unpredictable, clicking a potentially malicious URL or modifying endpoint settings for personal preference increases the amount of unnecessary risk and the size of WSU’s threat landscape.

Endpoint security is the process of securing the various endpoints on an information system, often defined as end-user devices such as mobile devices, laptops, and desktop PCs, although hardware such as servers in a data center are also considered endpoints.


An information system is composed of many components that can be interconnected in a multitude of arrangements to meet a variety of business, mission, and information security needs. How these information system components are networked, configured, and managed is critical in providing adequate information security and supporting WSU’s risk management process.


This policy applies to all Institutional business units, workforce members, and institutional information systems that collect, store, process, share, or transmit Institutional Data.

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