Creating a New Path for Endpoint Security: Why Blocking and Prevention is not enough
Mainstream endpoint security solutions, some of which have been around for 20+ years, rely heavily on the same protection methods year after year. And even though there is always innovation and strides to improve, the underlying problem still exists. Threats will always find a way into your organization. And in most cases, you will have to wait until your deployed solution finally detects the threat before you even can begin to assess the damage and maybe prevent it from happening again (once you get all of the relevant information to make that informed decision, of course). Another downside to these technologies is that they often create a huge performance burden on the actual device they are protecting. This in turn leads to unhappy end-users and other issues such as management and reliability.
But this blog is not about abandoning your current solution, but rather augmenting and empowering your overall security posture. Organizations need to move towards and embrace those solutions that offer continuous monitoring and full visibility of all activity occurring on their endpoint population. Blocking or preventing known malware from running is obviously crucial, but lacks the overall protection needed in today’s threat landscape. The ability to run deeper forensics from current or sometimes more importantly, past events, can really only be done by solutions that offer continuous monitoring. This information is critical in assessing the damage and understanding the scope of the infection within your organization. This, of course, needs to be done efficiently and with a limited amount of system overhead.
Just as there are many solutions in the traditional endpoint security space, a new league of vendors is popping up in this important step of the evolution. Most of these companies have employees from the ‘old guard’ and understand that a new vision is needed as the threat landscape continues to change. Just reporting and alerting on only bad things is completely missing the point. You MUST look at everything, everyone and all behaviors and actions in order to give yourself the best chance of responding quickly and thoroughly to threats within your organization.
By utilizing solutions that fall into this “New Path of Endpoint Security” realm, Security Ops or Incident Responders within the organization will have the much needed visibility they have been craving. We hear this constantly from our customers and prospects and are doing our best to provide the solutions that help protect all of us.