There are hundreds of cyber security solution vendors offering hundreds of endpoint security protection products. Many of these vendors are reputed, and many of these products are very good too. Now, as an administrator or cyber security specialist or IT security administrator or Chief Technology Officer, you have to choose the best endpoint security protection technology that offers next-generation cyber security to secure your enterprise. Cyber criminals including nation-state actors target enterprises to breach their systems and steal or spy on data. These attacks are getting more and more sophisticated every day, and most traditional endpoint security solutions do not have the capability to protect corporate enterprise IT systems.
Endpoint Security Protection
Essential security measures:
- Basic Detection and Protection
An antivirus solution that blocks known malware and other threats should be the first line of defense. It should also have a patch management system that regularly checks for updates for operating systems, applications and endpoint security solution.
- Advanced Protection
Nowadays, cybercriminals attempt their attacks through zero-day exploits. They exploit vulnerabilities that are not yet publicly known and use malware to infect the systems. The only presently existent effective measure is default-deny technology that blocks all unknown files. The suspicious files are analyzed and allowed to execute only if they are non-malicious. White-listing is another technology offered by some vendors, which is a database of analyzed good files. Sandboxing is a prominent technology that is available in many endpoint security solutions. This technology does offer some benefits, and it helps to run and execute new files in a “separate” environment. The execution of the files will not affect any of the processes running on the main system. This is a sort of secluded environment and it enables a quite effective endpoint protection.
- Cloud-based deployment and management
Cloud technology offers innumerous facilities and advantages. It ensures easier deployment and management of the endpoint security solution. Based on business requirement, on-premises deployment may be necessary for enterprises or organizations requiring very stringent security norms. Further, the endpoint security solution must be compatible with different types of devices servers, desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc…, and various types of operating systems – Linux, Windows, Mac, etc…,.
- Real-time Monitoring Solution
Some advanced malware stays dormant and their real behavior cannot be ascertained through observing them in a sandboxed environment. The Endpoint Security Protection solution should feature real-time monitoring solution that monitors the behavior (activity) of the files. This is not just for the server and just for a couple of systems – but it should be for all endpoint systems.
Monitoring of endpoints will also help observe any malicious intrusions, and take immediate measures to block malicious activity and prevent any damage.
- Malware Detection Time
Surveys have revealed that many enterprises did not know that they had been infected for months together – including plenty of financial institutions. Many banks across the globe had suffered breaches. Plenty of card data had been stolen. Money had been transferred. A faster malware detection system is necessary for effective Endpoint Protection. Nowadays, even delay in hours can have drastic consequences. Containment within minutes should be most preferable.
- More Advanced Threats
Ransomware and fileless malware are sophisticated threats. Some ransomware threats can be addressed, but some are so deadly that ransom has to be paid. It is advisable to have an effective cloud-based data backup plan. The backup must be taken systematically and regularly and stored in multiple locations, and in the cloud. And this data must be secured so that it does not get compromised.
Fileless malware is very difficult to detect as they can reside only in the memory and perform the attack. And some are so sophisticated that their malicious activities are detectable only when they are active. These stay dormant most of the time.
- Breach Response
Some enterprises live in the false belief that their security systems cannot be breached. This is far from true. Enterprises must have a robust plan in the event of a security breach. Data must not be lost, and the system down-time must be as short as possible. Remediation measures should be automated so that regular business does not get affected.
Basically, the endpoint security protection system should be effective against next-generation malware threats.
Vivek is a technical blog writer from Comodo. He writes about information security, focusing on web security, operating system security and endpoint protection systems.