How to Choose an EDR Solution

Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) is an Endpoint Security solution that uses real-time monitoring and collection of data from endpoint devices to respond to cyber threats, including ransomware and irregular system behaviors. The increasing sophistication of cyber threats allows malicious entities to evade perimeter defenses and infect an organization’s network. With EDR, organizations can quickly detect, contain, and remove threats to maintain data security at endpoints.

An EDR solution detects threats targeting endpoint operations and analyzes threat intelligence to determine the level of protective response to deploy. The advanced security operations capabilities of EDR help organizations understand how threats compromise endpoints and spread across their network while empowering security teams with a proactive approach to cybersecurity.

The primary purpose of an Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP) is to prevent malware from entering an enterprise’s network. EPPs are first-line defense mechanisms that effectively block known threats. EDR is next-level security, providing additional tools for threat hunting, forensic analysis of intrusions, and automated response to attacks. When implemented together, EPP and EDR provide enhanced endpoint security measures for an organization. 

What to Look for in an EDR Solution

Despite the increasingly important role of cloud data migration for digital transformation, most organizations still store valuable data on endpoint devices. As a result, initial access brokers and other threat actors often target vulnerable endpoints with their cyberattacks. Implementing the right EDR solution is vital for achieving business continuity and protecting an organization’s mission-critical assets. 

Many decision-makers want a tool that prevents data breaches. But an effective EDR solution offers additional benefits, including:

  • Increased visibility of endpoint data traffic
  • Tailored threat detection functions
  • Automated incident response actions 

When considering EDR solutions, determine your organization’s risk appetite and readiness and then align your security objectives and business goals with each solution’s detection and prevention capabilities. This information will give you a clear plan of what to look for. 

Here are critical components to consider when choosing an EDR solution:

Next-Generation Anomaly Detection

An EDR tool must evolve with the threat landscape to detect new anomalous behaviors that signify potential cyber threats. Leveraging next-gen technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and advanced behavioral analysis enables EDR to sort through massive data in real time and detect security incidents before damage is incurred.

Actionable Threat Intelligence

Actionable threat intelligence is an essential deliverable of an EDR solution, as it helps security teams understand threat behavior and attack vectors. Accepting threat feeds from multiple providers, including law enforcement, helps an EDR solution identify threats.

Threat Response Capabilities

Automated response to a potential attack is crucial for blocking malicious activity on compromised endpoints to minimize damages. When considering EDR solutions for your organization, prioritize those with robust live response capabilities that automatically run scripts or commands to remediate issues.

Threat Isolation and Containment Capabilities

EDR tools can separate compromised endpoints from the rest of the network to minimize an attack’s damage. This threat isolation prevents intruders from accessing your organization’s network and protects sensitive data.

Integration with Ongoing Security Operations

Introducing endpoint security controls into an enterprise infrastructure impacts current and future security operations. Consider your organization’s size, the expertise and experience of your SOC analysts, and the complexity of security operations they handle. Such significant planning helps to determine the opportunity costs involved.

The global shift to remote work arrangements has increased cybersecurity risks beyond experts’ initial estimates. To address the growing number and severity of cyberthreats, CISOs and security analysts must look beyond signature-based EDR tools. 

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