Is it time for a new endpoint security strategy?

Given the volume, complexity and value of business data, and the increase in next-generation cyber threats, endpoint security instrumental in ensuring continuous business functionality. A reliable endpoint protection EPP and Endpoint Detection and response (EDR) is a must-have when it comes to protecting your perimeter.

In this article, read about 5 key questions to ask when considering your next endpoint security solution.

Is my organization protected from zero-day ransomware and bot attacks?

Remote work and accelerated cloud adoption have created a global increase in ransomware attacks. From 2020 to 2021, Check Point Research detected a 93% increase in ransomware attacks and a 100% increase in ransomware payment. They’ve also observed new sophisticated trends such as Ransomware-as-a-Service and mobile ransomware.

Once a user’s PC or laptop is infected, the threat can move laterally and easily infect other endpoint devices and corporate assets. Endpoint protection (EPP) and Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) can serve as the first and last line of defense against the growing wave of attacks.

Your endpoint security solution should have a runtime protection against ransomware with instant automated remediation; even in offline mode to block and remediate the full attack chain.

Is my endpoint security solution compliant with existing and new regulations?

Strong regulation compliance provides the confidence that your endpoint security solution is safe and dependable for a worldwide use.

In the light of new regulations that have emerged due to the current geopolitical climate, you should confirm that your endpoint security solution is compliant and is safe to use.

Is my endpoint security solution effective in detecting Russian-based threat groups via the 2022 MITRE evaluations?

The MITRE evaluations simulate real-world cyber threats to test endpoint security solutions’ performance.

In this year’s test, MITRE Engenuity chose to emulate attacks by the Russian based threat groups Wizard Spider and Sandworm. These groups have been using sophisticated malware and tactics to launch attacks against financial services and hospitality organizations over the past five years, resulting in the theft of more than $1 billion across hundreds of businesses.

Your endpoint security solution must be able to detect and respond to such attacks; therefore we recommend that you look into the latest MITRE evaluations results.

How do I ensure all incoming files are safe without impacting employees’ productivity?

In a fast-paced world, organizations cannot allow themselves to waste time on inspecting incoming files from email, web or removable devices. However, allowing files to be downloaded to users’ PCs and laptops before engines inspect them is a risk that organizations cannot take. Your endpoint security solution must have an automatic file sanitization feature, also known as Content Disarm and Reconstruction (CDR) or Threat Extraction. This way, attacks are proactively prevented by removing exploitable content from documents, while delivering sanitized versions of the files within seconds to ensure business continuity.

Is my endpoint security solution protecting my organization from phishing attacks, even the ones that have never been seen before (i.e. zero-day or phishing)?

Humans are the weakest link in the cyber security chain. And in an era where social engineering is consistently used by cyber criminals to dupe unsuspecting users into providing business information, staying one step ahead of hackers becomes even more critical. To properly combat this trend, you must have a solution in place that prevents credential theft and that blocks phishing sites.

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