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Endpoint Privilege Management (EPM) Best Practices for Mid-Sized Companies 

In today’s digital landscape, where cyber threats loom large and data breaches are a constant concern, safeguarding sensitive information has become paramount for businesses of all sizes. Endpoint Privilege Management (EPM) emerges as a critical strategy in the arsenal of cybersecurity measures, particularly for mid-sized companies striving to fortify their defenses against evolving threats.  

Understanding EPM 

EPM is the process of controlling and securing access rights to endpoints within a network. Endpoints include devices like laptops, desktops, smartphones, and servers. EPM focuses on managing and monitoring the privileges granted to users, applications, and processes, thereby minimizing the risk of unauthorized access and potential security breaches. 

EPM uses a Least Privilege Principle that grants users the minimum level of privileges required to perform their job functions. Limiting access rights reduces the attack surface and mitigates the potential impact of security breaches. 

EPM Implementation  

Below are some specific steps you can expect to take when implementing an EPM solution. 

Assessment and Planning 

  • Assess the current state of privilege management and identify the organization’s specific needs, including compliance requirements, security goals, and operational needs.  
  • Define the scope of the EPM implementation, including which endpoints, users, and applications will be managed. 

Selection of EPM Solution 

  • Research and evaluate different EPM solutions based on features, compatibility, ease of use, and cost. 
  • Conduct a proof of concept (PoC) with shortlisted solutions to test their functionality and suitability, then select the EPM solution that best fits your organization’s requirements. 

Policy Development 

  • Develop policies that enforce the principle of least privilege, ensuring users and applications have only the permissions they need. 
  • Define roles and associated access rights to streamline privilege management, then establish approval workflows for privilege elevation requests. 


  • Install EPM software on endpoints and configure it according to the defined policies and requirements.  
  • Integrate with other security tools and systems. 

Monitoring and Management 

  • Implement continuous monitoring of user activities and privilege usage to detect and respond to any anomalies or suspicious behavior. 

Review and Optimization 

  • Update policies and configurations based on audit findings, user feedback, and evolving security threats. 
  • Continuously improve the EPM solution by incorporating new features, addressing any issues, and adapting to changes in the organizational environment. 

Privilege Discovery and Analysis

  • Conduct an inventory of privileges across endpoints to identify potential vulnerabilities and assess the level of access granted to users and applications. 

EPM Best Practices 

Once an EPM solution is implemented, there are a few best practices that will help ensure the solution is effective at keeping your organization secure.   

Establish Role-Based Access Control (RBAC): Define roles and responsibilities within the organization and assign privileges based on job roles. RBAC ensures that users only have access to resources relevant to their role, minimizing the risk of privilege abuse.  

Monitoring and Auditing: Continuously monitoring endpoint activities, logging privilege-related events, and conducting regular audits to detect anomalies, enforce compliance, and track changes in privilege settings. 

Regularly Update and Patch Endpoints: Keep endpoint systems and software up to date with the latest security patches and updates to address known vulnerabilities and protect against emerging threats. 

Educate Employees on Security Awareness: Provide training and awareness programs to educate employees about cybersecurity best practices, such as identifying phishing attempts, creating strong passwords, and recognizing suspicious behavior. 

Tailored EPM Solutions for Your Organization’s Needs 

If the above implementation steps and EPM best practices sound overwhelming, don’t stress! When you work with an MSP like WIN to implement an EPM solution, we will guide you through the entire process and ensure that the EPM solution is tailored to meet your organization’s needs.  

Key Components of WIN’s EPM Solution Include: 

  • Application Control: Define how applications can interact with each other and control what resources applications can access, such as networks, files and registry.   
  • Whitelisting: Specify a list of approved software, scripts, executables and libraries that can run on your endpoints and servers.   
  • Storage Control: Control what data can be accessed and copied, and the applications, users and computers that can access that data.   
  • Privileged Access Management: Manage and control privileged access and permissions for users, applications and systems within your IT environment.  
  • Network Access Control: Control inbound and outbound traffic to your protected devices. Apply custom-built policies to allow granular access.   

Ready to Learn More? 

EPM is a critical component of a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy for mid-sized companies. By implementing EPM solutions and adhering to best practices, organizations can effectively manage and secure endpoint privileges, which reduces the risk of data breaches and safeguarding sensitive information. By adopting a proactive approach to EPM implementation, companies can position themselves for long-term success in today’s competitive business landscape. 

Talk to a WIN Specialist today to see how EPM can benefit your organization.