By now I’m pretty sure everyone has heard of the term endpoint security. To most people when they hear the word endpoint security they think anti-virus or anti-maleware.  Now here’s the problem with “basic” or “standard” endpoint security. Basic endpoint security such as anti-virus are no longer a match for the growing volume and sophistication of today’s cyber threats. According to the Ponemon Institute, over 52% of businesses have experienced a security occurrence that has bypassed conventional defenses. It is this ineffectiveness of basic endpoint security that has given rise to Endpoint Detection and Response.

So What is EDR?

Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) is a proactive approach to security that monitors endpoints in real time and hunts  threats that have infiltrated a company’s defenses. It’s an emerging technology that offers greater visibility into what’s happening on endpoints, providing context and detailed information on attacks. EDR services allow you to know if and when an attacker is in your network and to detect the path of the attack if it happens—helping to respond to incidents in record time.

“It’s no longer about preventing attacks at the endpoint—that can’t be done 100 percent of the time—but instead catching an attack or attack attempt ASAP. The goal is to mitigate the damage and stop any further infiltration into the network via the victimized user’s machine.”

– KELLY JACKSON HIGGINS
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Why Does It Matter?

EDR allows you to identify, detect, and respond to an attack quickly. This is extremely important as every minute literally matters when a hacker has breached your network. You can no longer rely on simply on prevention techniques alone to keep your network safe. Cybercriminals are always a step ahead when it comes to cybersecurity. It’s like playing whack-a-mole. You need to have a mindset of “your network will be breached” and when it does how quickly can you detect and respond to that breach. An EDR solution can do just that.

Adjust With the Threat Landscape

It is an unavoidable fact that your network will get infiltrated – it is only a matter of time. The question you should be asking youself is this – How quickly can my business detect and respond to a breach?

According to a report from the IDC (International Data Corporation), 70% of successful breaches start on endpoint devices. You need to adjust your cybersecurity posture to effectively reduce your risk and defend against the current cyber threat landscape.

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