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Core Functionality of an Endpoint Security Solution

Core Functionality of an Endpoint Security Solution

The core functionalities of an endpoint security solution essentially comprise of hardware and software technologies each with their own specialized security tools. This article describes the technologies in detail.

Malware Prevention Using Next-Generation Antivirus Technology

Traditional antivirus tech examines the signatures of threats that have already appeared on the attack landscape. When it recognizes one of these threats, it mitigates the attack. With next-generation antivirus (NGAV) software, you can identify threats based on other factors, such as URLs or IP addresses they’re associated with, or by using file hashes, which can instantly tell whether a file is legitimate or fraudulent. In this way, NGAVs can detect zero-day threats that haven’t been logged in a threat intel system.

Threat Detection via an Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) System

An endpoint detection and response system does more than merely react to attacks; it can prevent them from happening in the first place. This is done using a combination of:

  • Suspicious activity analysis and validation
  • Incident data search and investigation
  • An alert triage system
  • Malicious activity detection and containment
  • Threat hunting

This enables your endpoint security system to identify potential threats before they do damage to your network or devices.

Managed Threat Hunting

Even though automated threat hunting systems can mitigate a wide range of attacks, a comprehensive endpoint security system also gives humans the tools they need to track down, prevent, and mitigate attacks. A managed threat hunting solution involves highly skilled cybersecurity personnel that studies threat data, incorporates crowd-sourced threat information, and then uses it to guide a coordinated response.

Threat Intelligence Integration

A threat intelligence integration system is a multifaceted assortment of tools, knowledge, and procedures that help a cybersecurity team stay a step ahead of attackers. To adequately protect your digital environment, your threat intelligence system should include:

  • A collection of indicators of compromise (IoCs) derived from endpoint data, which consist of concrete signs a breach is imminent or has just happened
  • Threat intelligence data sourced from signature repositories that are constantly updated as new threats are discovered
  • Professionals who research, analyze, identify, hunt, and prevent threats

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