Endpoints are some of the most vulnerable points in your network. According to a recent study by the Ponemon Institute, 68% of organizations have been affected by one or more endpoint attacks ending in compromised data or the entirety of an infrastructure. Further, the same report revealed that 68% of workers in IT found that said attacks had increased from the year before.
With ransomware and malware attacks becoming more frequent and aggressive, having an endpoint detection and response system in place to help pinpoint possible threats and investigate them is integral to organizations of every size.
Endpoint detection and response helps mitigate these threat campaigns by continuously scanning for suspicious behavior and alerting your security team to any possible threats that need to be neutralized. EDR allows you to monitor both endpoint, server, and host access points constantly, while perpetually searching for anything that could be a threat.
EDR security solutions record all the activities and events taking place on an endpoint. Some vendors may also extend this service to any workloads connected to your network as well. These records, or event logs, can then be used to uncover incidents that may otherwise remain undetected. Real-time monitoring detects threats much faster, before they can spread beyond the user endpoint.
The benefits of endpoint detection and response include the ability to speed up investigations, rapidly identify vulnerabilities, and respond quicker using manual and automatic options to any malicious activity.
However, with the advancement of XDR solutions — that go beyond a single vector to include additional security layers like email, network, cloud workload, and more — EDR is quickly becoming a siloed approach. It isn't the be all and end all to your detection and response strategy, as it exists as another data input to XDR. A simple way to look at how endpoint detection and response systems work is by considering the door of your home an endpoint.
Simply put, endpoint detection and response is an important strategy when it comes to mitigating risk in a secure environment, but it’s important to consider other security layers when building a strong risk management strategy.