As means of cyberattacks grow in sophistication, the ways systems are protected must also advance. Rarely a day passes without news of a large company falling victim to an attack. This doesn’t mean only bigger businesses are targeted; small and medium companies are under attack, too - just that they are less newsworthy. Regardless of size, every organization has data and intellectual property to protect and must invest in defending its corporate network.
Attackers’ final targets are often endpoints rather than the corporate network. Endpoints can serve as entry points to a company’s crown jewels: systems, servers, databases, and more. If unsecured, they pose a considerable risk to an organization. But reducing them is too idealistic. In fact, as organizations become more digital, endpoints grow by the day.
The pandemic accelerated the trend to remote work, with many working patterns set to be permanent. Employees are increasingly likely to access corporate systems via multiple devices, such as laptops, tablets, and mobiles. And with BYOD (bring your own device) policies on the rise, more personal devices are used to access business apps and sensitive data.
This ease of accessing business systems aids productivity but, conversely, increases the attack surface. More endpoints connected to business systems mean more opportunities for cybercriminals to attack, making effective endpoint security crucial. However, as threats evolve, traditional endpoint protection is insufficient. Antivirus software protects against known threats but can be ineffective in the face of advanced or unknown threats. Many zero-day threats are invisible to classic antivirus software.
An endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution is more sophisticated than antivirus software. It includes antivirus capabilities plus powerful functionality like advanced persistent threat (APT) detection, advanced analytics, response mechanisms, device management, and more. For instance, if an endpoint is infected, an EDR solution will trigger an alert, isolate the endpoint, and provide forensic information to security teams for incident analysis.