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Endpoint Detection And Response

01 October 2020

There is a constant threat and danger to your businesses networks and these threats are created daily by means of ransomware, malware and phishing.  So how do you secure your business network in the face of an ever changing and evolving environment, EDR or Endpoint Detection and Response naturally.  So, what is EDR, it is a multifaceted solution that will do everything a managed antivirus can and will do but takes things a step further by providing stronger security withing the Cyber Security landscape.

Unlike the traditional Managed Antivirus which can detect and quarantine known threats which have been previously identified, this means there is gap of coverage when a virus is discovered and when your business is protected, threats that haven’t been discovered can operate on its own until the managed antivirus gets an update, which is more a reactive approach.  With EDR, it is proactive, and which uses integrated machine learning and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to identify suspicious behaviours whether there is a signature or not.

You have all heard of Ransomware, it is when you get notified with a message saying that all your files have been encrypted after you have clicked on an attachment from an email or unintentionally downloaded some malicious script from a website and the only way to get your files and data back is to pay the cybercriminal a very high amount in bitcoin while there is still no guarantee that you will get your files back or indeed intact.

This can happen to any business and here are some shocking facts:

  • Businesses experienced an average of 16.2 days of downtime at the end of 2019 due to ransomware

  • One business will be hit every 11 seconds by a ransomware attack by 2021, according to some predictions

  • The predicted cost of damages due to ransomware in 2021 is $20 billion

With the dark Web and the ability of cyber criminals to share and sell tools and tactics without being traced and trading in Ransomware tools within the cyber criminal community have created their own micro economy – Ransomware is a big problem and will be around for the foreseeable future.

Here at Control IT we use SentinelOne Endpoint Detection and Response for our clients, which has lots of features, one of the main ones being is “roll back”.  This uses advanced technology which takes “snapshots” of the endpoints at regular intervals.  If there is a Ransomware attack, it only takes a few clicks to roll back the endpoint disc image to a previous point in time which will save your business significant time and money, this is all managed from our online dashboard.  EDR is not for everyone, if you have a robust backup plan in place or disaster recovery plan in combination with disc encryption and Managed Antivirus, then that is ok, but with EDR, this will definitely save time using the roll back feature.

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