How CB LiveOps Helps with IT Hygiene

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Security and IT Operations teams often have no reliable way to assess the current state of endpoints across their enterprise, leading to increased risk of breach, inability to make informed remediation decisions, and unnecessary spending on infrastructure maintenance.  A real-time endpoint query and remediation tool enables organizations to ask questions of all endpoints and take action to instantly remediate issues. This makes finding and remediating attacks or vulnerabilities a quick and easy process.  

CB LiveOps closes the gap between security and operations, allowing administrators to perform full investigations and remote remediations.  It is built on the Predictive Security Cloud, the only cloud-based security platform that combines on-demand query functionality with advanced prevention, detection, and response.

In order to help demonstrate the value of CB LiveOps, this blog series will take a deep dive into several specific use cases for the product and explain how the use of on-demand endpoint query helps IT & Security teams better answer questions to make confident decisions and quickly remediate with precision.

IT Hygiene

“There is a need for a combined strategy between IT & Security. The ability to actually do live queries rather than rely on teams to use existing data is a big step forward.”

Carl Erickson Head of Information Security at Signify (previously Philips Lighting)

In a perfect world, a company’s end users wouldn’t download rogue or potentially-unwanted-programs, machines would always be properly patched, and AV/personal firewalls would be enabled and functioning as effectively as they did when they were originally imaged.

However, the world we live in isn’t perfect. In our world, it’s very difficult for IT teams to keep tabs on every aspect of their environment. Rarely, if ever, do these teams know as much about the state of their environment as they should. According to The Ponemon Institute’s 2018 Cost of Data Breach study, the average time to identify a successful breach is 197 days. And, even after a breach has been identified, it takes an average of 69 days to contain the issue.

The result of this is increasing difficulty to maintain sufficient IT Hygiene over time—you can’t clean a mess you can’t see. Poor IT Hygiene leads to a number of issues within organizations, from increased risk of breaches to over-spending on unused software licenses.

Having tools in place to allow your IT & Security teams to query current state of your environment on demand greatly simplifies what it takes to maintain proper IT Hygiene and track drift over time. It makes it easy to get the quick answers needed to confidently report on organizational risks and unneeded costs.  The more information your team can provide you about your environment, the lower your risk and, subsequently, the lower the cost to business. Armed with this level of detail, you can make smarter business decisions that benefit the entire company.

Security and IT teams can use Cb LiveOps to easily query all endpoints and determine whether machines are in line with internal policies. Additionally, to meet real-time or ongoing reporting needs, teams can use Cb LiveOps to simplify operational reporting on patch levels, user privileges, disk-encryption status, and more.

If you find out that a program update is required due to a newly discovered vulnerability, your team can simply scan your organization’s entire fleet for any devices running the old version, and either let the owners know or implement the update yourself using Live Response. Giving security teams the ability to use their existing stack to call out to all endpoints and immediately receive a list of any that may be out of compliance frees up time for more pressing security issues.

To learn more about why endpoint security must rapid query and remediation…

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Carbon Black is the leading provider of next-generation endpoint security. Carbon Black’s Next-Generation Antivirus (NGAV) solution, Cb Defense, leverages breakthrough prevention technology, “Streaming Prevention,” to instantly see and stop cyberattacks before they execute. Cb Defense uniquely combines breakthrough prevention with market-leading detection and response into a single, lightweight agent delivered through the cloud. With more than 7 million endpoints under management, Carbon Black has more than 2,500 customers, including 30 of the Fortune 100. These customers use Carbon Black to replace legacy antivirus, lock down critical systems, hunt threats, and protect their endpoints from the most advanced cyberattacks, including non-malware attacks.

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