What to look for in endpoint detection and response tools and services

What you need to know

Organizations are quickly learning that keeping the bad guys out of an enterprise environment isn’t as simple as deploying firewalls and antivirus. As cybercriminals utilize customized malware and bypass traditional antivirus solutions, it’s become necessary to take a broader and more proactive approach to protect the endpoint. This means real-time monitoring, detection and advanced threat analysis coupled with response technology.

A multitude of EDR tools on the market, accompanied by short-staffed IT teams, can create confusion for organizations making it not so simple to implement. CounterTack’s CTO Mike Davis and Trustwave’s Director Product Management, Charles Arnett, CISSP, break down what IT professionals need to know about EDR technology as well as best practices when considering and implementing an EDR platform.

EDR – The basics

Companies are now required to pay closer attention to their endpoints including the attackers’ activity once in and how employees are behaving on their devices. Organizations have found that prevention-only measures won’t do the trick, as they do not provide the level of context needed for addressing and managing the aftermath of an attack.

The benefits

EDR technology offers a number of benefits including:

  • More in-depth: Deeper detection and response.
  • Always on: Continuous monitoring, threat hunting and remediation capabilities.
  • More visibility in real time: The ability to counter advanced attacks and gain more real-time insight into how these attacks are impacting customers.

Finding a solution for you

Endpoint protection solutions differ substantially, ranging from the classic signature-based antivirus software, to more mature solutions with capabilities that can scale via Big Data technologies, including deep security monitoring, threat detection and incident response capabilities.