Virtual workforces make self-diagnosing and self-remediating endpoints a necessity. With so much of the workforce operating virtually, endpoint protection is more important than ever. Endpoint protection platforms must be capable of securely configuring, patching, and managing operating systems and applications. That must include updating the security protocols, as well. Leaders in this area include Microsoft, CrowdStrike, Symantec, Trend Micro, and Sophos. In Absolute Software’s approach, the protection is embedded in the BIOS of devices from Dell, HP, Lenovo, and 23 other manufacturers to provide useful asset management data and continuous protection.