Red Alert for Endpoint Security

πŸ”΄πŸ”΅ Endpoints in today’s enterprise have been targeted by some attacks such as Fileless Malware which mainly targets host memory and the more sophisticated Ransomware which can encrypt data. In general, our hosts are more likely to be targeted by these attacks when they are not in the premises of the Enterprise Network (Secured Layers of Network). Another disadvantage is that it is not always easy to refresh the Patch of Point-of-Sales (POS) and End of Support (EOS) operating systems. Such Endpoint Types need to be considered in order to protect multiple Endpoint Types from Web Threats, Hacking Attempts.

πŸ”΅πŸ”΄ Difference between Endpoint Security and Traditional Antivirus (Traditional AV)

βž– In general, traditional antivirus includes the Malware Signature Based Database. In this database, Security Researcher lists the signatures of only known malwares. If Zero-Day Malware (Unknown Malware) which does not come up with a Security Solution exploited to our endpoints, then traditional AV will not be able to detect it because it does not have an unknown malware signature in this database. So, our readers can conclude that traditional AV does not protect against unknown threats.

βž– It is questionable whether Endpoint Security can protect Unknown Threats. Endpoint Security is better than traditional AVs. Endpoint Security includes Behavior Based Detection as well as Signature Based Detection. Behavior based detection is a model that can detect Unknown Malware. Letis continue how it works. If a malware is detected, it firstly checks whether this incoming malware matches the signatures of known threats in malware database or not. Unless it matches, Behavior Based Detection is started. This malware is put into a specific area called Sandbox and analyzed whether it is suspicious or not. For example, activities that are being performed by the attacker before a real attack is started, such as rootkit installation, registering for Auto Restart and disabling Security Controls can also be analyzed with behavior based detection.

πŸ”΄πŸ”΅ Advanced Endpoint Security Types NGAV (Next Generation Antivirus)

What’s the Difference Between Traditional Next AV and Traditional AV?

βž– NGAV can be either cloud based or on-premised. They are much more efficient than traditional AV as they synchronize real-time malware signals from the cloud while protecting known threats.

βž– EPP (Endpoint Protection Platform) EPP Solution protects against file-based attacks. EPP solution integrates with other security technologies such as Personal Firewall, HIPS (Host based Intrusion Prevention System).

βž– EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) The EDR Solution includes some NGAV features. It comes up with a specific area called Sandbox which can analyze suspicious behaviors of files and malwares. There are some automated responses depending on the time threats are discovered. Fileless attacks are better prevented than NGAV. Hopefully, it’s been quite a breakthrough today about Endpoint Security. Some endpoint Security Products provided by NEX4 SI will be introduced in next article.

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