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The key advantages of endpoint detection and response

26 May 2021 by Sophie Cornock

Workplace environments have changed dramatically over the past 12 months, with many personal laptops now doubling as work devices. And, while this may be the height of convenience to you – to a hacker, it’s one more entry point into your business’ network.

Cyber-threats multiply at a speed of 375 per minute, and every endpoint connected to the internet (such as computers, laptops, mobiles etc.) faces 1.5 attacks per minute. The figures speak for themselves, highlighting the necessity for endpoint detection and response (EDR). 

Rather than monitoring the network itself, EDR assesses the endpoints on your system for cyber-threat activity. It goes above and beyond your antivirus capabilities, and will predict, protect and react to intelligent cyber-attacks on your devices. Ultimately, it’s invaluable to the overall cybersecurity of your business. 

Here’s our breakdown of EDR’s key advantages.

Improve network visibility

Being able to oversee activities from an outsider’s perspective is always an advantage. After all, if you can’t see the playing field, you’re effectively blind. Network visibility is the cyber equivalent. It gives you vital perspective on all the active components within your network, facilitating the observation of traffic, performance, analytics, and even threats. 

EDR offers a live viewing experience of suspicious activity across all your connected endpoints. Not only does this help you to spot threats as they happen, it gives you an edge on the attacker, allowing you to take swift action before the situation intensifies.

Be proactive rather than reactive

With growing advancements in AI, hacking techniques are becoming increasingly potent. So it’s important you’ve done your homework in preparation for that all-too-inevitable security breach. Identifying real-time cyber-attacks is one thing, but how else can EDR increase proactivity against threats? 

Threat modelling is a way of bolstering defences through analysis and action. First, the most vulnerable areas are identified. After that, a plan of action is laid out and countermeasures developed to protect and mitigate any possible breaches. In other words, EDR provides a reaction to intrusions before they even exist.

Identify threat patterns

Preparing for the worst with a mitigation strategy is essential, but identifying the course of a threat before it strikes will save you the trouble. By connecting the dots between behaviours of malicious activities, you’ll be one step ahead and able to predict a hacker’s next move.

EDR provides advanced detection features that identify threat patterns. It uses predictive analysis to anticipate potentially harmful scenarios and takes cybersecurity proactivity to the next level. This approach also takes some weight off the shoulders of your defence solutions, which, if relied on for too long, can cause harmful security breaches.

Reduce the impact of cyber-threats

On the whole, businesses are becoming much better at dealing with and preventing cyber-attacks. Negative outcomes are in decline and recovery speeds are on the up. But that’s not to say that breaches can’t pack a harmful punch.

Many companies still suffer the consequences of a lack of cyber-threat protection. A survey by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport showed that one in five businesses that identified breaches or attacks lost money or data, while two in five were negatively impacted, requiring new measures or causing wider business disruption. EDR’s layered approach is designed to reduce this impact.

Meet industry compliance standards

When it comes to keeping personal data secure, GDPR is the bible of rules and regulations. But as you’ll know, agreeing not to share or divulge sensitive information is only part of the job.

In cybersecurity, industry compliance involves risk-focused procedures that protect the information that is stored, processed or transferred within your systems. EDR will set you on the right track to meet these standards. Its multi-dimensional components combine to protect the integrity, confidentiality and accessibility of your data – helping your business to achieve compliance.

EDR to suit you

Hackers are getting more intelligent by the day. The cyber-threat landscape is a lot easier to navigate with a platform that addresses every stage of a threat. UKFast’s fully managed intrusion detection and response packages are available with varying levels of defence, designed to suit your business needs. 

Find out more about Threat Vision from UKFast.