Last updated on January 6th, 2023

Next-Generation Antivirus solutions are designed to update the legacy antivirus to address the modern cybersecurity threat landscape. NGAV shifts from signature-based detection to machine learning and behavioral analysis which includes functionality targeted at addressing the specific threats faced by modern endpoint. 

What is NGAV (Next generation Anti-Virus)

How NextGe works? 

Antivirus software are oldest security solutions in existence. However, these antivirus solutions are ineffective against modern cyber threats as their reliance on signature based detection which makes them vulnerable to evasive modern malware. 

Next Generation Antivirus is designed to detect modern cyber-crime threats which meets the needs of modern enterprise. Next generation antivirus uses machine learning to detect potential threats via behavioral analysis, enabling them to detect unknown threats that can be missed by signature-based detection. 

Next Generation Antivirus takes advantages of the capabilities and benefits of cloud-based infrastructure. Cloud based NGAV is faster and easier to deploy and maintain and eliminates the risks and burdens associated with maintaining the standalone software and the signature databases that traditional antivirus uses for malware detection. 

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What is Next Generation End Point Protection? 

Endpoint security is still dominated by traditional anti-virus solutions, with Gartner ranking Symantec, Sophos, Trend Micro and Kaspersky as leaders in the field. But new next-generation endpoint security solutions are generating buzz as either replacements or supplements to existing security investments. These new solutions promise to stop zero-day attacks and ransomware, two big security threats that often slip by traditional anti-virus solutions. 

These endpoint security solutions make use of a number of cutting-edge techniques and tools. However, in order to prevent fresh threats, next-generation endpoint security often uses one of two strategies. Many monitors endpoint behavior and stop suspicious occurrences using some type of sophisticated analytics, whether from a predetermined study of malware or through learning your network. Others use virtual sandboxes, whitelists, or containers to block access to the network by unsecured endpoint activities. 

 In couple of years, Next Generation End point protection is used by many businesses organization to detect and prevent threats at the endpoint using a unique behavioral based approach. Instead of looking for signature-based detection, next generation endpoint security is analyzing file characteristics as well as the entire endpoint system behavior to identify suspicious activity on execution. EDR monitors for activity and enables administrators to take actions on incidents to prevent them from spreading throughout the organization. Next Generation Endpoint Protection a step further and takes automated action to prevent and remediate attacks. 

Next generation endpoint protection as an antivirus replacement 

If you’re evaluating next-generation endpoint security solutions, you may be thinking it’s yet another tool to install and potentially bloat your endpoint and if you’re in a regulated industry, you may be required to keep your antivirus and install endpoint protection as an additional layer to protect against new and unknown attacks. Many next-generation endpoint security vendors would actually not claim that they can be an Antivirus replacement. But if the Next Generation vendor has been tested and certified as meeting Antivirus requirements, you can consider replacing your Antivirus with next-generation endpoint security.  

To completely replace the protection capabilities of existing legacy, static-based endpoint protection technologies, NGEP needs to be able to stand on its own to secure endpoints against both legacy and advanced threats throughout various stages of the threat lifecycle – pre-execution, on-execution and post-execution. Your Next Generation Endpoint Protection (NGEP) solution needs to address four core pillars that, when taken together, can detect and prevent the most advanced attack methods at every stage of their lifecycle: 

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Advance Malware Detection:

Your NGEP must be able to detect and block unknown malware and targeted attacks even when none of their static signs of compromise are present. Dynamic behaviour analysis – the real-time observation and evaluation of application and process behaviour based on low-level OS instrumentation – is involved in this. memory, disc, registry, network, and other systems are used in various tasks. given that many assaults utilise The capacity to examine execution and use innocuous programmes and system processes to disguise their activities The trick is to build the execution context for it. No matter what, doing this on the device maximises its effectiveness. no matter if it is online or not. 

Mitigation:

Threat detection is essential but relying just on detection results in many attacks going unattended for days, weeks, or even months. An essential component of the NGEP must be automated and prompt mitigation. Policy-based mitigation methods should be adaptable enough to address a variety of use scenarios, such as putting a file in quarantine, terminating a particular process, cutting off the infected system from the network, or even shutting it down entirely. Rapid mitigation will reduce damage and hasten repair at the attack’s beginning stages. 

Remediation:

Malware frequently creates, updates, or deletes system file and registry settings, as well as alters configuration settings, during execution. System instability or malfunction can be brought on by these modifications or leftovers. An endpoint must be able to be returned to its trustworthy, pre-malware condition while NGEP records what changed and what was successfully remedied. 

Forensics:

Real-time endpoint forensics and visibility are essential since no security tool can be guaranteed to be 100 percent successful. You can immediately determine the scale of an attack and respond appropriately when you have clear and timely visibility into harmful activity across an organization. This requires the capacity to look for indicators of compromise as well as a clear, real-time audit trail of what transpired on an endpoint during an assault. 

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