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Endpoint protection is a set of tools and practices that allow organizations to defend endpoints against cyber attacks. Any device connected to a network is considered an endpoint. Workplace devices such as servers and printers are endpoints, as well as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) items like laptops, mobile devices, and tablets. Cloud servers, Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as smart watches, medical devices, and ATM machines are also endpoints.
Today, many endpoints are laptops or mobile devices, which can connect to a variety of different networks. When an end-user’s endpoint connects to unsecured networks, it exposes the endpoint to threats.
More than ever, endpoints can be exploited to serve as entry points for malware and other threats. Endpoint security helps to address these risks to ensure the protection of the network and any connected devices.
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Endpoint attacks typically involve some of the following phases:
Endpoint protection helps enterprises manage software deployment and enforce security policies. It can protect networks from malware, monitor operational functions, and assist in implementing data backup strategies.
Here are several types of defense that endpoint protection products cover:
Here are key features of endpoint protection products:
Endpoint protection platforms (EPPs) deploy sensors or agents on managed endpoints. EPPs are designed to protect against known and unknown threats and malware. EPPs often provide capabilities that facilitate the investigation and remediation of incidents that evade the protection controls set by the enterprise.
Here are key features of EPPs:
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Traditional antivirus technology is incapable of detecting many types of attacks, because it works by comparing bits of code and malicious signatures to a database of known signatures. This means traditional antivirus cannot catch new or unknown malware, or anything outside the scope of the database.
Next-generation antivirus (NGAV) solutions apply advanced endpoint protection technology, which employs machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to identify new types of malware. Typically, it involves examining a variety of elements like file hashes, IP addresses, and URLs.
Endpoint detection and response (EDR) tools monitor and record activity on endpoints. EDR tools are designed to identify suspicious behavior and respond to internal or external threats. EDR solutions can monitor, track, and analyze data on your endpoints, and discover threat actors attempting to gain access to your network via endpoints.
Learn more in our detailed guide to EDR tools
Incident response is a time-sensitive process that heavily relies on quick threat identification and incident response process (IRP) initiation. However, the majority of teams cannot investigate all generated alerts in real time to determine whether the alert indicates an actual security incident. As a result, teams may miss incidents entirely or catch them only after significant damage has already occurred.
To ensure quick and effective incident response, teams can automate certain parts of the incident response process. Response automation processes can quickly triage alerts and identify incidents, as well as perform incident response tasks such as blocking IP addresses. Automated response can also centralize and compile all data needed for incident investigations.
Gartner defines eXtended Detection and Response (XDR) as a security platform that automatically collects and correlates security events from multiple security products. Its goal is to enable faster and more effective detection and response, improving productivity for security teams.
XDR integrates security events from endpoints with other data sources, such as internal network traffic, network ingress/egress traffic, cloud systems, and deception systems (decoys). XDR can piece together multiple events to identify an attack. For example, if an attacker performs a seemingly innocent action on an endpoint, but the same account performs a suspicious action on a network or cloud system, security teams are alerted.
Most importantly, XDR constructs an entire “attack story” that shows attacker movements, both on endpoints and in other parts of the IT environment. This enables proactive threat hunting, and makes it easier to identify evasive or persistent threats.
Learn more in our detailed guide to XDR
Cynet 360 is a holistic security solution that protects against threats to endpoint security and across your network.
Cynet’s intelligent technologies can help you detect attacks by correlating information from endpoints, network analytics and behavioral analytics with almost no false positives.
With Cynet, you can proactively monitor entire internal environments, including endpoints, network, files, and hosts. This can help you reduce attack surfaces and the likelihood of multiple attacks.
Cynet 360 provides cutting edge EDR capabilities:
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In addition, Cynet 360 provides the following endpoint protection capabilities:
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