Endpoint Security & Protection

Endpoint Protection security refers to securing end-user devices such as desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices. Endpoints allow users to access the business network, but also create points of entry that can be exploited by malicious actors. Endpoint security software protects and secures these points of entry from malicious attacks and threats. A greater number of endpoints often means more points of entry for unauthorized access into your system.

AdvanTech ensures that such unauthorized entries are being detected before they occur and eliminated to ensure the integrity of your entire system. Contact us for a security audit of your network.

PROTECT

Protecting all of your devices from unauthorized access

ELIMINATE

Eliminating threats before they occur and penetrate your system

SECURE

Secure your system to prevent data loss and downtime

In the past couple of years, a new type of technology emerged designed to detect and prevent threats at the endpoint using a unique behavior based approach. Instead of looking for something known or it’s variant like signature-based detection, next-generation endpoint security is analyzing file characteristics (to uncover known and unknown file-based malware) as well as the entire endpoint system behavior to identify suspicious activity on execution. Endpoint detection and response (EDR) monitors for activity and enables administrators to take actions on incidents to prevent them from spreading throughout the organization. Next-Generation Endpoint Protection (NGEP) goes a step further and takes automated actions to prevent and remediate attacks.

If you’re in a regulated industry, you may be required to keep your antivirus and install endpoint protection as an additional layer to protect against new and unknown attacks. Many next-generation endpoint security vendors would actually not claim that they can be an Antivirus replacement. But if the nextgeneration vendor has been tested and certified as meeting Antivirus requirements (and passing the detection test), you can consider replacing your Antivirus with next-generation endpoint security.

Your NGEP must be able to detect and block unknown malware and targeted attacks – even those that do not exhibit any static indicators of compromise. This involves dynamic behavior analysis – the real-time monitoring and analysis of application and process behavior based on low-level instrumentation of OS activities and operations, including memory, disk, registry, network and more. Since many attacks hook into system processes and benign applications to mask their activity, the ability to inspect execution and assemble its true execution context is key. This is most effective when performed on the device regardless of whether it is on or offline (i.e. to protect even against USB stick attacks.)

Detecting threats is necessary, but with detection only, many attacks go unresolved for days, weeks, or months. Automated and timely mitigation must be an integral part of NGEP. Mitigation options should be policy-based and flexible enough to cover a wide range of use cases, such as quarantining a file, killing a specific process, disconnecting the infected machine from the network, or even completely shutting it down. Quick mitigation during inception stages of the attack lifecycle will minimize damage and speed remediation.

During execution, malware often creates, modifies, or deletes system file and registry settings and changes configuration settings. These changes, or remnants that are left behind, can cause system malfunction or instability. NGEP must be able to restore an endpoint to its pre-malware, trusted state, while logging what changed and what was successfully remediated.