The Key to EDR You Didn’t Know You Were Missing

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It’s no longer enough for companies to simply “keep up” in the world of cybersecurity. To prevent attackers from infiltrating your systems, you need to be one step ahead at all times. It’s no wonder, then, that the majority of companies are spending more on cybersecurity than ever before.1

While this increased spending can be a good thing, it’s important to focus on the right solutions that provide the highest ROI. While adding more features to your security stack can be helpful, it can also cause more issues and complexity. It’s important that you don’t just invest in new tools for your security stack, but that you focus on finding the right ones — the ones that provide a more comprehensive set of endpoint security controls.

  • 82% of firms plan to increase spending on security operations through actions like adding headcount, modernizing security technologies, and working more with third-party service providers.2

If you’re familiar with security, you undoubtedly are aware of the value of Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR). You know that EDR is generally focused on collecting data on, and providing visibility into, historical activity that has occurred on your endpoints. When executed thoroughly, the continuous recording of EDR can act as a surveillance camera for your endpoints, and is a critical aspect of any security stack. EDR is one of the key building blocks of endpoint security, but it’s important to start thinking beyond prevention and detection alone.

Once historical context of an incident is analyzed and understood, It’s often necessary for security and IT operations teams to be able to inspect the current state of endpoints to get a complete picture of what has occurred and what remediations steps are required. Along with incident response,the ability to quickly and easily gather information about the current state of the entire fleet provides value when it comes to vulnerability assessments, patch assurance, asset or license management, compliance audits, and more.

And this is where real-time query and remediation capabilities come into play.  With this feature you can inspect endpoints in real time, getting visibility into precise details, and take immediate action.  It also helps simplify operational reporting by allowing you to consistently query for patch levels, compliance requirements, and indicators of vulnerability.

For example, say a virus were to get through the network barriers and infect one endpoint. At some point, your EDR would notice suspicious behavior and create an alert. To determine the scope of the attack, you first want to answer a variety of questions, such as:

  • How many other systems on the network have a similar software vulnerability and haven’t been patched yet?
  • Where are these systems located and who owns them?
  • Have other systems downloaded the same file or similar files that may or may not have been executed?

In the past, finding these answers took time–valuable time that time-strapped security and IT teams don’t necessarily have. On-demand rapid query and remediation tools mitigate this problem by allowing security analysts and IT operations professionals  accelerate security investigations and incident response processes.

The combination of being able to see historical, activity-based context, as well as the ability to inspect precise details about the current state of your endpoint, provides the most complete visibility and allows you t to assess a situation and confidently take action to remediate any issues.  

Real-time, on-demand queries allow you to go beyond the amount of information that can reasonably be recorded on a continuous basis by EDR. This gives you the ability to be extremely precise with your investigations and close gaps.  

EDR lets you look back at what incidents may have occurred, but the ability to query in real time gives you a complete look at what the results of these incidents were. It shows you the “here and now” and has the ability to gather detailed evidence from the scene of the crime in order to strengthen the case against the perpetrator and bolster your defenses for the future.  EDR + Live Query and Remediation provides true endpoint security.  

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1ESG Research Report, Cybersecurity Operations and Analytics in Transition, July 2017
2 ibid.

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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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