Endpoint detection and response (EDR) tools are built to supplement endpoint security with increased detection, investigation, and response capabilities. However, the hype surrounding EDR tools make it difficult to understand how they can be used and why they are needed. To make matters worse, today’s EDR solutions struggle to provide value for many organisations. They can be difficult to use, lack sufficient protection capabilities, and are resource intensive. Sophos Intercept X Advanced with EDR integrates intelligent EDR with the industry’s top-rated endpoint protection in a single solution. In other words, it’s the easiest way for organisations to answer tough questions about security incidents. But there’s more. Here’s some additional reasons why you should consider an EDR solution for cyber security.
1. Use INtercept X to report
IT and security teams are often motivated by attack and defense metrics, yet the hardest question for most teams to answer is “are we secure right now?”. This is because most networks have sizable blind spots that makes seeing what is going on very difficult. Lack of visibility means it’s hard to understand the scope and impact of attacks. Therefore, when an incident occurs, the team assumes they are safe because the incident was detected.
Intercept X Advanced with EDR provides additional insight that determines if other machines were impacted. For example, if something suspicious was found on the network, it would be fixed. However, the analyst may not know if threats exist anywhere else in the network. With Intercept X Advanced with EDR, this information is readily available. The ability to view other locations where threats exist allows the security team to prioritise incidents for additional investigation.
Generating a clear view of the security landscape also enables us to report on compliance status. This information helps identify areas that may be vulnerable to attacks. It also allows administrators to determine if the attack has impacted areas where sensitive data is housed. It’s much simpler with Intercept X Advanced with EDR. In the same vein, it’s much easier to demonstrate that information is being protected thanks to increased endpoint visibility.
2. Detect Attacks that went unnoticed
When it comes to cyber security, even the most advanced tools can be defeated given enough time and resources. As a result, it is difficult to truly understand when attacks are happening. Organisations often solely rely on prevention to stay protected.
While prevention is critical, EDR offers another layer of detection that can find incidents that have gone unnoticed. Using Intercept X, you detect attacks by searching for indicators of compromise (IOCs). Thankfully, this is a quick and straightforward way to hunt for attacks that may have been missed.
Sophos Intercept X Advanced with EDR provides a list of suspicious events, so analysts know what they should be investigating. Subsequently, it creates a list of the top suspicious events, ranked by their threat score, so it’s easier for analysts to focus on the most important events. Suspicious events also highlight undetermined malicious attacks, most helpful for activity you are unsure of and warrants a deeper look. Think of it as falling in a “grey area” where additional analysis is needed to confirm if it is malicious, benign, or unwanted.
3. Respond Faster to potential incidents
Once incidents are detected, IT and security teams usually scramble to fix them as fast as possible. The quicker the response, the more you reduce the risk of attacks spreading and limit any potential damage. On average, security and IT teams spend more than three hours trying to solve each incident. Consequently, EDR can speed this up without hesitation.
The first step during the incident response process is to stop an attack from spreading. Therefore, Intercept X isolates endpoints on demand, which is key to stopping a threat from spreading throughout the network.
Firstly, the investigation process can be slow and painful. This assumes an investigation occurs at all. However, incident response relies heavily on highly-skilled human analysts. Most EDR tools also rely heavily on analysts to know which questions to ask and how to interpret the answers. Yet, with Intercept X, security teams of all skill levels can respond quickly to security incidents. All thanks to guided investigations that offer suggested next steps, clear visual attack representations, and built-in expertise. Moreover, there’s rapid response options including the ability to isolate endpoints for immediate fix, clean and block files, and create forensic snapshots. And if a file is mistakenly blocked, it can easily be reversed.
4. Add expertise without headcount
Finding qualified cyber security professionals is difficult. Especially if you’re a smaller organisation that doesn’t have the money or resource to employ specialist staff. To combat this, Intercept X replicates the capabilities associated with hard-to-find analysts. It uses machine learning to gain deep security insight and is enhanced with threat intelligence. Now you can add expertise without having to add staff.
Intelligent EDR capabilities help fill the gaps caused by lack of staff knowledge, reproducing the functions of security, malware and threat intelligence analysts. So forget scrambling around trying to resolve potential breaches and let Sophos Intercept X do the hard work for you!
5. learn how the attack happened & how to prevent
“How did this attack happen?!”. A question that makes IT teams shudder. Most of the time, all they can do is shrug their shoulders. Identifying and removing malicious files solves the immediate problem, but it doesn’t shed light on how it got there in the first place or what the attacker did before the attack was shut down. Luckily, Intercept X spots all the events that lead up to detection, making it easy to understand which files and processes were touched by the malware to determine the impact of an attack.
As a result, it provides a visual representation of the entire attack chain, ensuring confident reporting about how the attack started and where the attacker went. More importantly, by understanding the root cause of an attack, the IT team are more likely to prevent it from happening ever again.
Intercept X - Worth a Trial?
If you’re still not convinced by the amazing results you could get from implementing Intercept X with EDR as part of your cyber security plan, then we have some god news. As a dedicated Sohos partner for the West Midlands, we are offering you the opportunity to try it for yourself fro 30 days. And the best bit? It’s absolutely FREE.
Your 30-day free trial includes:
♦ Deep learning to stop both known and unknown malware without signatures
♦ Anti-exploit technology to protect against file-less and exploit-based attacks
♦ CryptoGuard to prevent file, disk, and boot ransomware
♦ Intelligent endpoint detection and response (EDR) to detect and investigate incidents
♦ Sophos Clean to eradicate the remains of any malware