Symantec Endpoint Protection is an antivirus with anti-malware and application control capabilities that we use to protect assets like servers, workstations, and ATMs. There's a central management server we use to manage all the endpoints, regardless of the categories, and we install an agent on all the endpoints that reports to the management server.
If I want to check the status of any asset, I need to get the details like the IP address and the hostname of the system. The management server will give me the current status. I have three different kinds of agents on the endpoint that I can use to control access.
The agents for the ATMs and servers aren't as heavy as the ones for workstations. It's a stripped-down version that removes some of the components and add-ons that are not part of the endpoint protection engines, so the agent is lighter and can be deployed faster. The activities on servers and ATMs are dynamic, so the antivirus must also be very light. To centrally manage the antivirus, I have to set up distribution points because I have more than 14,000 endpoints altogether distributed across more than 250 branches in Nigeria.
I set up distributional points on systems and ATMs. The ATMs are always on the network because they're connected with other points at every branch and location. I need them to be distribution points. When I need to send a file to update all the other systems, I send it to these distribution points. These distribution points in Symantec record the data needed to update all the other systems
Let's say I have two different locations. I will have the updated data at location one, and I have other data at location two. These different locations have their own IP subnets, so I will configure the update data so that the IP within that subnet can talk to it and no other IP outside the subnet. This one makes ensures my assets, ATMs, workstations, and servers can update as soon as possible.
I'm always compliant. The servers in the data center don't need to talk to any distribution points. They talk directly to the management server to get the updates regularly because the servers are always on the network at the data center, the workstations that people shut down at the end of the day. Any time people connect to the network, the system will update automatically. That is the normal architecture for Symantec.