Endpoint security solutions protect endpoints such as mobile devices, desktops, laptops, and even medical and IoT devices. Endpoints are a popular attack vector, and the goal of an attacker is to not only compromise the endpoint but also to gain access to the network and the valuable assets within.
Endpoint security is an integral component of the modern security stack. Digital transformation initiatives, the move to the cloud, and a rapidly expanding attack surface are driving the need for a new class of endpoint security, capable of defending organizations against a more diverse and sophisticated threat landscape.
Endpoint security combines preventative protection with a new breed of continuous detection and response capabilities. Using cloud-based analytics, it eliminates bloated agents from consuming valuable CPU resources so employees can get their work done and businesses remain protected.
Endpoint protection systems are designed to quickly detect, analyze, block, and contain attacks in progress. To do this, they need to collaborate with each other, and with other security technologies, to give administrators visibility into advanced threats to speed detection and remediation response times.
An endpoint security solution includes continuous monitoring, rapid time to detection, and architectural integrations. With threats continually increasing in sophistication and frequency, it is more important than ever to deploy an effective endpoint solution.
Endpoint security solutions take a cloud-based approach to endpoint security to instantly access the latest threat intelligence without requiring manual updates from security admins. This allows for faster and more automated responses. They continuously monitor all files and applications that enter your network and have the ability to scale and integrate into your existing environment.
Cloud solutions offer scalability and flexibility and are much easier to integrate and manage. There is also less overhead since there is no infrastructure to maintain and the installation process is faster and simpler.
Attackers stay up to date on security trends in order to create stealthier attacks, rendering legacy antivirus obsolete. Endpoint security combines the preventive protection of an EPP solution as well as the detection and investigative features of an EDR.
An EPP solution is a preventative tool that performs point-in-time protection by inspecting and scanning files once they enter a network. The most common endpoint protection is a traditional antivirus (AV) solution. An AV solution encompasses antimalware capabilities, which are mainly designed to protect against signature-based attacks. When a file enters your network, the AV solution will scan the file to see if the signature matches any malicious threats in a threat intelligence database.
An EDR solution goes beyond simple point-in-time detection mechanisms. Instead, it continuously monitors all files and applications that enter a device. This means EDR solutions can provide more granular visibility and analysis for threat investigation. EDR solutions can also detect threats beyond just signature-based attacks. Fileless malware, ransomware, polymorphic attacks, and more can be detected using EDR solutions.
Where EDR improved on malware detection over antivirus capabilities, XDR extends the range of EDR to encompass more deployed security solutions. XDR has a broader capability than EDR. It utilizes the latest and current technologies to provide higher visibility and collect and correlate threat information, while employing analytics and automation to help detect today's and future attacks.