An Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP) is a fundamental component of malware and ransomware protection for organizations facing increasingly complex and frequent cyberattacks. The threat analysis and remediation capabilities of EPPs allow cybersecurity teams to avert the most common threats and empower security teams to remediate any successful incursions properly.
Here’s what you need to know when considering an EPP solution.
An EPP is an Endpoint Security solution deployed to endpoint devices like PCs, laptops, and mobile devices to detect malicious activity, prevent malware attacks and respond to cyberattacks and alerts. Ideally, an organization’s unified endpoint security framework includes an EPP with an Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) solution to protect against cyber threats effectively.
Whether an endpoint is within or outside the organization’s network, effective EPP solutions are generally cloud-managed, provide continuous monitoring and gathering of activity data, and can execute remote remediation steps. Cloud-native EPPs can also provide on-the-fly code analyses to detect and prevent malware from running.
In terms of handling malware, EPP solutions demonstrate what and when, while EDR explains the why and how. Tools like antivirus, anti-malware, data encryption, personal firewalls, intrusion prevention, and data loss prevention (DLP) fall under EPP; cutting-edge capacities like detecting and investigating security incidents and rectifying endpoints to a pre-infection state are the purview of EDR.
EDR solutions add extra protection to EPP solutions with threat-hunting tools for behavior-based endpoint threat detection. EPP and EDR provide robust endpoint security measures organizations need for a holistic approach to address traditional and advanced security threats. EPP processes operate with minimal supervision after initial installation and configuration. These systems complement each other, enabling EPP vendors to add EDR capabilities to their products and provide better protection.
What to Look for in an EPP Solution
An EPP platform should incorporate several integrated detection and remediation options. These should embrace the following:
- Credential theft monitoring
- Web-based security
- Rollback remediation
- Malware scanning and blocking
When deciding on an EPP solution, consider the following criteria.
Real-Time Threat Data
Organizations can host EPPs in a cloud environment like any other cloud-based security solution. However, a cloud-enabled EPP solution helps organizations integrate security for both on-premises and cloud-hosted infrastructure. Additionally, cloud-based EPP solutions have full, scalable functionality for preventing, detecting, and responding to threats to satisfy the expanding security needs of any organization.
A sophisticated cloud-based EPP delivers comprehensive and advanced monitoring with intuitive features such as remote issue resolution for security teams. The most attractive aspect of a cloud-native EPP is that all endpoints are monitored by a single, lightweight agent, delivering value more quickly with lower administration costs and simplifying product changes compared to traditional, on-premise deployments.