Top 7 reasons why you need an EDR solution

In 2020, two thirds of all companies surveyed reported they had been victims of a data breach*. Companies of all sizes are at risk of coming under attack, and one of the highest profile incidents last year was the supply chain attack of multi-million dollar infrastructure system provider SolarWinds.

F-Secure also noticed a growing trend of criminals targeting healthcare data during the pandemic, and one of the largest data breaches in 2020 was an attack on Medicaid coordinator Gridwork, which led to around 650,000 records being stolen. Attacks like this will only increase as the trend towards remote working continues and the complexity of threats also grows.

When most people think of cyber security, they think of blocking attacks before they happen. This is logical, and prevention is an important part of an effective defense. However, the unfortunate truth is that there is no such thing as perfect prevention. Most, if not all, companies will be breached at some point, and this is where Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) comes in.

EDR solutions work by proactively detecting threats that have gone under the radar, and taking action to instantly contain them and limit potential damage to your systems. Here are seven reasons that an EDR solution is essential for modern business.

* 2020 Ponemon Cost of a Data Breach Report

  1. It prevents data breaches As mentioned EDR kicks in after an attack gets past your prevention system (or Endpoint Protection as we call it). However, a sophisticated EDR system detects threats in real-time and allows you to stop a breach immediately before your IT environment is compromised.
  2. It automatically picks up threats that have gone unnoticed If an incident does go unnoticed and an endpoint is compromised, EDR has methods of detecting this. It uses advanced analytics to pick up unusual patterns of behavior that could signify a breach and alert the administrator. The use of automation in this process means your organization is protected 24/7 as both the detection and response action can be automated in a majority of cases.
  3. It accelerates incident response EDR solutions keep track of all interactions between the endpoints in your network. This means once your security team is alerted to an incident, they can quickly work out where it’s come from and take action to isolate and eliminate the threat.
  4. It gives real-time visibility across all endpoints Administrators can monitor endpoints live and investigate any suspicious activity. EDR solutions track many different events and processes such as logins, registry modifications, network connections etc.
  5. It allows you to proactively hunt for threats instead of waiting for alerts Without an EDR solution you are relying on being notified of a problem by a user or something else going wrong. This is why 56% of breaches go undiscovered for months*. An effective endpoint detection and response solution proactively searches for threat indicators and alert you of any suspicious activities.
  6. It simplifies your endpoint management Sophisticated EDR solutions work together with endpoint protection systems and let you do all your endpoint management through a single console.
  7. It is cost efficient and reduces your workload Without an EDR solution, your security team will waste a lot of time and resources detecting and responding to breaches. A good EDR solution enables your IT team to work more effectively by reducing the need to constantly monitor multiple tools and dashboards.
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