The evolution of our workplace has led to increased mobility and ease of operation. At the same time, it has also opened our IT system to more vulnerabilities. The average number of endpoints in an IT system has tremendously increased in the past few years, especially since the pandemic ushered in remote working. Unprotected endpoints are a large attack surface for cyberattacks.
Without robust cybersecurity measures, hackers can easily leverage the existing vulnerabilities in your network. Cybercriminals target and attack endpoints for various reasons, such as infecting endpoint devices with ransomware, stealing confidential data, planting bad bots, or carrying out DDoS attacks. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that endpoint protection needs particular focus.
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Endpoint Detection and Response
Endpoint detection and response (EDR) is a next-generation security tool that monitors all the endpoints in your system, such as laptops, personal computers, and other mobile devices. Along with real-time monitoring, EDR collects endpoint log data and is equipped with rule-based automated response and behavior analysis capabilities.
Essentially, EDR is a smarter, next-generation version of anti-virus. Unlike traditional anti-virus technology, EDR proactively hunts for dormant threats in your endpoints by analyzing user behavior and flagging any unusual or malicious event.
How Does EDR Benefit Your Business?
With EDR’s dedicated and centralized protection, your endpoints are safe from the latest threats. And when your endpoints are secure, your organization’s network is protected. So, what does EDR technology do to benefit your business?
1. Enables flexible working
The modern workplace is buzzing with concepts of BYOD and hybrid working. Employees are looking for companies that can offer flexibility and freedom of movement. While this modernization of workplaces is a step in the right direction, it creates a challenge for IT security teams. Endpoints are a commonly exploited attack surface for cybercriminals. If one endpoint device is successfully infected or breached, it compromises the organization’s whole network. The only way to protect endpoints in the age of hybrid working is round-the-clock monitoring and maintaining strict security policies. Since these tasks are time and resource-intensive, the challenge for IT teams increases.
Managed EDR safeguards your organization from endpoint attacks by implementing advanced cybersecurity measures. Automated monitoring and response reduce the pressure on your IT team. By relying on EDR security technology, organizations can securely modernize their workplace and give employees the flexibility they desire.
2. Identify undetected attacks
Cybersecurity is complicated. Sometimes, even dedicated resources can fail to detect an ongoing attack. Relying only on prevention techniques to stay protected is not enough. Detection capabilities are equally important, which EDR successfully provides. EDR gives your cybersecurity infrastructure an extra layer of protection by identifying potentially undetected security events.
EDR helps your IT team detect attacks by looking for Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) – which can be suspicious IP addresses or URLs. If you have an EDR solution, you don’t have to wait for third-party notifications about suspicious activity in your network. EDR solutions provide analysts with a list of suspicious events based on their threat score. Analysts can easily focus on key determining events that caused the attack.
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3. Prevention first approach
Having air-tight threat prevention policies in place is less expensive than remediating after an attack. EDR solutions employ proactive threat hunting to identify and block potential attacks before they get a chance to execute malicious code and harm the target system. EDR tools are equipped with advanced algorithms that analyze user behavior for suspicious activities, machine learning capabilities, and AI-powered automated threat detection.
4. Understand how an attack took place
Identifying and removing malicious files takes care of the immediate problem in case of an attack. But often, analysts don’t know how the threat got into the system in the first place or what the attacker did before identification.
EDR solutions solve this issue by providing “threat cases.” It identifies all events before detection and determines the path of attack. A visual representation of the attack chain helps analysts understand how the attack began and where it went. Attack response is accurate when you know the attack path and point of origin. More importantly, it helps your IT team to prevent future attacks.
5. Quick incident response
Analysts usually spend four to five hours investigating an attack, reducing response efficiency. EDR solution significantly accelerates the response time by automating several processes that analysts would otherwise manually conduct. After identification, the threat must be stopped and isolated so that the rest of the system doesn’t get infected. EDR isolates on demand.
Traditionally the threat response depended entirely on human intelligence and therefore took longer. New-age technology such as EDR supports security teams with guided investigations and proposed remediation steps. A clear visual representation of the attack and built-in security expertise helps analysts respond to threats quicker and more accurately.
6. Reduces false-positives
EDR solution investigates suspicious activity before alerting your security team. The alert is closed if a flagged event is found to be non-malicious after investigation, reducing the number of false-positive alerts your security team has to analyze. Alert fatigue is a common problem for security analysts, and having a solution that prioritizes alerts based on urgency and severity is a boon for them.
7. Cloud-based unified management
Managing and configuring many endpoint devices takes time and effort for security teams. With cloud-based managed EDR, this process is simplified. All endpoints are managed together, so time and resources are not spent on each endpoint individually. You can rest assured that all endpoints have the same configuration and process. Unified policy management also helps with easy scaling.
Optimize Your Endpoint Security with ACE Managed EDR
Your search ends here if you’re looking for an EDR solution that benefits your business. ACE’s next-generation endpoint protection tool simplifies detection and response. Partnering with CrowdStrike, ACE Managed EDR gives you enhanced endpoint visibility and the security of proactive threat hunting.
Book a free consultation with our security experts to see how ACE Managed EDR enriches your cybersecurity posture.