Why Should CISOs Should Care About Live Query?

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If you’re a CISO, you are most likely focused on three things:

  1. Strong security efficacy
  2. Operational efficiency
  3. Business enablement

To address this, many organizations are adding layers of security tools to their technology stack, putting stress on their security and IT operations teams, and relying on manual processes and ad hoc collaboration. While adding tools can have a positive outcome, it’s important to first develop a comprehensive endpoint security technology architecture that combines advanced prevention, EDR, and on-demand endpoint query.  

In IR, security and IT teams need a continuous understanding of the state of all endpoints. Real-time query and remediation tools make getting this information simple. Queries are easy and quick to run and don’t require advanced skills.  Adding these tools to your endpoint security architecture can accelerate security investigations and incident response (IR) processes in a variety of areas.

The first areas real-time query aids with are problem scoping and quick remediation. By giving teams the ability to perform IoC searches, file searches, and vulnerability scans at any time, organizations can quickly identify risk and determine the scope of an attack. Along with this, these tools provide a map of at-risk and compromised endpoints across the network. This helps IT and security teams prioritize remediation based on risk factors like asset value, location, owner, etc. This razor sharp focus facilitates faster and smarter system repairs.

Secondly, these tools can help fine-tune threat prevention. Rapid query and remediation tools can help organizations develop improved threat hunting and risk identification methodologies. When the lessons learned from using these tools are applied to security controls, teams are able to continually decrease the attack surface.  

Lastly, real-time query helps with asset management.  By gaining the ability to dive deep into any questions teams may have about the current resting state of all endpoints, they are better able to track drift across their environment and uncover gaps that they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to identify. Being able to track what programs/versions are on an endpoint enables organizations to faster assess risk when a new vulnerability or attack trend is announced.  This functionality also helps with license management by providing a full inventory of all products running on your endpoints along with their location information.

When implemented, a comprehensive endpoint security architecture that includes real-time query and remediation helps organizations identify and respond to threats much more quickly than they ever could before.  It also provides a single endpoint agent, a consolidated data repository, and a common user interface which fosters better communications and enables best practices across groups. 


If you want to learn more, check out the ESG whitepaper Endpoint Security Must Include Rapid Query and Remediation Capabilities.


Before selecting an endpoint security solution, Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) warns that it must include rapid query and remediation. Learn why in this report written by Senior Principal Analyst and ESG Fellow, Jon Oltsik.

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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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