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With some of the most extensive cyber-attacks in the last year, including the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, designed to compromise endpoints, the need to obtain visibility of threats targeting desktop and mobile devices has become essential.


What is endpoint security and why is it important?


Endpoint security, also known as endpoint protection, refers to the defence of internet-connected devices such as laptops, desktops, smartphones and tablets against cyber threats.

The susceptibility of endpoints to a wide-range of threats including viruses, malware and bruteforce attacks makes them a prime target for criminals seeking to gain unauthorised access to target networks. In an age of rapid workplace digitisation, with remote working and BYOD on the rise, organisations can struggle to mitigate the risks of attacks that seek to exploit employees connecting to networks and accessing sensitive information using a range of devices.

Installation of antivirus software is one common way that organisations seek to prevent endpoints from being compromised. The inability of AV to detect threats without a known signature however means that a new breed of endpoint security is needed to hunt for unknown actors and provide the incident response capabilities to prevent attacks from spreading.


What are the benefits of Endpoint Detection & Response?


Leveraging the power of the latest endpoint protection technology alongside dedicated security professionals, Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) is a rapidly maturing area of security dedicated to improving organisations’ ability to hunt for, detect and respond to threats across endpoint devices.

By monitoring processes and binaries across network hosts in real-time, EDR is capable of identifying a broad range of known and unknown attack vectors. Advanced threats identified by EDR include Command & Control (C2) activity, policy violations, application-specific attacks, file-based malware, and more.

By proactively seeking out threats based on suspicious patterns of behaviour and indicators of compromise (IOCs), EDR significantly enhances threat hunting capabilities and helps to reduce the dwell time of attacks from months to minutes.

Integrating in-depth forensic analysis, EDR provides insight into the kill chain of attacks in order to identify the root cause and scope of intrusions as well as facilitate the swift isolation of infected hosts.


Why choose a managed service for endpoint protection?


ThreatDetect™ Endpoint Detection and Response is a fully managed 24/7 endpoint security service supplying experienced threat hunters, latest detection technology and up-to-the minute threat intelligence for an affordable monthly subscription.

Designed to address the growing resource and budgetary pressures of managing cyber security in-house, ThreatDetect EDR fulfils all essential endpoint security functions to provide the actionable outputs need to respond quickly and effectively to attacks.

ThreatDetect EDR’s experienced threat hunters continuously apply their collective knowledge of the latest hacking tools and techniques, experience of threat detection across industries and in-house Redscan Labs security research. This allows them to get the most out of the latest endpoint technologies in order to help significantly improve detection and response efforts, prioritise remediation and reduce needless investigation of false positives.


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