Endpoints are devices that live at the ends of your network. For example, laptops, smartphones, servers, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices are endpoints. Hackers like to target these devices because they’re at the border of your network and the outside world.
Every new endpoint increases your organization’s attack surface. In other words, more devices mean more entry points. Employees are also bringing their own devices that you don’t fully control.
Organizations of every size need an endpoint security strategy.
Antivirus is the original endpoint protection. Business antivirus offers centralized management and protection for all of your PCs. Unfortunately, antivirus is often limited to PCs. As a result, other endpoints remain vulnerable. Antivirus is also limited in the types of threats it can detect.
Strictly speaking, EDR and XDR allow you to react to threats. EPPs focus on preventing those breaches in the first place. EDR and XDR solutions often include EPP technology.
EDR was developed to solve antivirus’s shortcomings. It extends threat detection to other endpoints like smartphones and IoT devices. EDR also uses behavior-based detection to identify more threats than antivirus.
XDR is the latest evolution of endpoint protection. It does everything EDR does, but extends that protection beyond endpoints to the network, email, and cloud workloads. XDR is the best solution for most business because it offers broader protection.
In our experience, Trend Micro’s XDR solution is easy-to-use and offers strong protections. First, security sensors are installed on your devices Then, sensor data is fed to a sophisticated AI that creates threat alerts. Finally, alerts are scored to make them easy to triage and remediate.
We recommend Cisco SecureX for organizations that already use Cisco products. SecureX is a built-in threat management portal. It provides a unified view across your Cisco security products. It integrates with Secure Endpoint, Secure Firewall, Secure Email, Umbrella, and many more. You only need one product access to SecureX. However, you can make SecureX your own XDR solution by stacking multiple products.
EDR and XDR work by analyzing data from every endpoint. With XDR, data collection is expanded to network traffic, email, and cloud environments.
After analysis, the software creates alerts based on unusual activity. Within an alert, you can track the threat from entry to execution. For example, you can follow the footprints of an attack from a phishing email down to the affected endpoints.
Along the way, you can block the malicious sender, delete all instances of the email, and identify which endpoints need to be cleaned.