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How EDR can help protect your business
February 5, 2024

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Author: Craig Holt

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Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) is a security technology that provides businesses with an additional layer of protection beyond what Endpoint Protection (EP) can offer. While EP is designed to prevent known threats. EDR is designed to go further, with the latest detection techniques, automated response to contain threats & detailed information gathering allowing for further analysis.

Expanding Detection Capability

Traditional endpoint protection has often relied on “signatures”, think of these as fingerprints of known threats. This method requires continuous updates to achieve maximum effectiveness, and this is reliant on the provider finding these threats & releasing updates to you in a timely manner. It’s therefore possible for new threats or those using sophisticated evasion techniques to get round this method and compromise devices. In comparison EDR is continuously monitoring endpoints, recording events & system behaviour, searching for specific indicators of compromise & other anomalies that might indicate that there’s an active threat.

Response

Another benefit of EDR is its ability to automate threat response. EDR solutions can be configured to automatically respond to threats in real-time, reducing the time it takes to detect and respond to an attack. This can be especially valuable for businesses that lack the resources to monitor their network 24/7 and helps to limit the impact of an attack.

Improving Visibility

EDR solutions are capable of monitoring endpoint devices in real-time & data that is collected for the purpose of threat detection, is also made available for further analysis. This can help in many ways, such as allowing us to determine whether a threat is real or not (false positive). Understand if the threat is spreading or poses any further risk. As well as help identify the root cause and source, which will help to prevent it happening again. These insights may also help identify vulnerabilities and improve security posture.

Compliance

In addition to these benefits, EDR solutions can also help businesses meet regulatory compliance requirements & qualify for cyber insurance. Many industries are subject to strict regulations regarding data privacy and security, and EDR solutions can help businesses meet these requirements by providing industry leading protection, response capabilities, detailed information on security incidents and other relevant data.

In conclusion, while Endpoint Protection is an essential component of any security strategy, Endpoint Detection and Response can provide businesses with an additional layer of protection against unknown threats. By monitoring endpoint devices in real-time, collecting data on system activity, and analyzing it for signs of malicious behavior, EDR solutions can help businesses detect and respond to threats that may have gone unnoticed by traditional security measures. Additionally, EDR solutions can provide businesses with valuable insights into their security posture and help them meet regulatory compliance requirements.

We can provide EDR for you here at projectfive, so please do get in contact with us if you’d like further information.

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