Endpoint Detection and Response

CyberMSI Uses MDE EDR to Manage Endpoint Incidents

What is Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)?

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Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) is the collection of tools that serve to monitor, detect and investigate any suspicious activity on endpoints. EDR is designed to be preventative and predictive. It functions by monitoring all endpoint events and analyzing this data to identify and prevent advanced threats.

Endpoint Detection and Response is often compared to Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) because they both provide similar functions in the overall security system. ATP is designed to detect and combat advanced persistent threats (APT) like a malicious intruder or complex malware.

Endpoint Detection and Response

Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) is the collection of tools that serve to monitor, detect and investigate any suspicious activity on endpoint devices. Constant monitoring and analyzing of network activity provide security teams with the means to stay ahead of any potential threat.

Laptops

Network Devices

Cloud-Based Servers

POS Systems

IoT Devices

Desktops

Smart Devices

Cloud-Based Applications

Local Servers

Mobile Devices

How Endpoint Detection and Response Works

Endpoint Detection Overview

Deep endpoint visibility is essential for EDR to be an effective security implementation. EDR software tools monitor all processes, memory, account, etc. activities and collect data for analysis to identify anomalies to quickly detect any potential advanced threat. This data is stored and analyzed to identify vulnerabilities and increase security. EDR solutions may work a little differently, but all are comprised of these components:

Analytics and Forensics

The data collected by EDR software provides real-time and historical data that are both used to minimize risk. Real-time analysis helps monitor, identify, and prevent threats as they happen. The analysis of historical data provides the security professionals with the means to revise and adapt their security protocols to stay ahead of the constantly evolving cyber threats we face today.

Endpoint Data Collection

Monitoring software programmed to collect data on all activity provides the EDR system with the information it needs to detect suspicious behavior on the endpoint.

Automation

Using carefully determined rules, EDR systems can automatically respond to any security incident and take actions like denying user access after suspicious activity such as repeated login failures.

Data Visualization and Monitoring

EDR tools are designed to perform an ongoing, adaptive monitoring and analysis of network activity increasing security by quickly detecting, identifying, and preventing advanced threats. EDR software monitors endpoint activity including:

Connections an endpoint has throughout the network

Users that have logged on

Files accessed

Other system services and processes

Applications used

Most leading EDR solutions also offer automated responses to suspicious activity ensuring that any advanced threats are identified immediately. EDR uses a wide range of information collected from endpoint devices to detect vulnerabilities and can take specified actions in response to advanced threats.

Benefits of Endpoint Detection and Response

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Endpoint security is more important than ever in the business environment. The number of endpoint devices accessing networks today is constantly growing. New devices enter the market and workplace all the time, each one representing a potential security vulnerability.

Additionally, an increasing number of employees are using multiple personal devices (also known as bring your own device or BYOD) to access work-related data and files. Vast majority of these devices are not company-owned due to cost reasons, but you still need an EDR solution to secure these devices.

EDR offers protection from a number of different cybersecurity threats. It is capable of detecting and mitigating multiple threats that may be occurring simultaneously. With the amount of network traffic at any given time for a modern business environment, you need some type of Endpoint Detection and Response system in place to isolate and monitor the large volume of activity taking place at the device level.

An automated response to any suspicious activity on the device is critical for preventing attacks and maintaining a secure environment. Cyberattacks come in many forms and the best way to defend against advanced threats is to have monitoring in place with full network visibility. EDR software can also help the security team with identifying and eliminating vulnerabilities.

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