Evolution of Endpoint Security - A Taxonomy for Endpoints
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Internet Draft                             internet policy advisors ltd
Intended status: Informational                        February 14, 2021
Expires: August 14, 2021

         Evolution of Endpoint Security - A Taxonomy for Endpoints
                   draft-mcfadden-opsec-endp-taxonomy-00

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Abstract

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   A separate document [I-D:draft-mcfadden-opsec-endp-evolve] attempts
   to establish the capabilities and limitations of endpoint-only
   security solutions and explore potential alternative approaches.
   That document discusses endpoints in general terms. It has been
   suggested that there are classes of endpoints that have different
   characteristics. Those classes may have completely different threat
   landscapes and the endpoints may have completely different security
   capabilities. As a companion to the endpoint evolution draft, this
   document provides a taxonomy of endpoints that is intended to
   provide a foundation for further work on endpoint security evolution
   and research on approaches to providing endpoint security
   alternatives in a diverse group of settings.

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction...................................................3
   2. Conventions used in this document..............................4
   3. Problem Statement..............................................4
   4. The Endpoint in the EVOLVE draft...............................4
   5. Taxonomy and Hierarchy.........................................5
   6. Taxonomy.......................................................6
      6.1. Traditional and Enterprise Computing Equipment [TECE].....6
         6.1.1. Description..........................................6
         6.1.2. Endpoint characteristics.............................6
      6.2. Personal Computing Equipment..............................7
         6.2.1. Description..........................................7
         6.2.2. Endpoint characteristics.............................8
      6.3. Human Interface Devices...................................8
         6.3.1. Endpoint description.................................8
         6.3.2. Endpoint characteristics.............................9
      6.4. Human Sensor Devices.....................................10
         6.4.1. Endpoint characteristics............................10
      6.5. Non-human Sensor Devices.................................11
         6.5.1. Endpoint Description................................11
         6.5.2. Endpoint characteristics............................11
      6.6. Peripheral Computing Equipment and Embedded Endpoints....12
         6.6.1. Endpoint Description................................12
         6.6.2. Endpoint characteristics............................12
      6.7. Application Layer Endpoints..............................13
         6.7.1. Description.........................................13
         6.7.2. Endpoint Characteristics............................13
      6.8. Edge Network and Acquisition Endpoints...................14
         6.8.1. Description.........................................14
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