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Why You Need to Manage Your Endpoints

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Why You Need to Manage Your Endpoints

Endpoint management is imperative today for business of all sizes. With EPP and EDR solutions available, which is the best option for your organization?

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Endpoint Management is More Critical than Ever

Not every security or IT team has a confident endpoint management strategy. A recent survey of 1,000 IT professionals found that, while 88 percent of respondents acknowledged the importance of endpoint management, nearly a third didn’t know how many endpoint devices existed within their organization.

An endpoint is simply an Internet-capable hardware device on a TCP/IP network. The term can refer to desktop computers, laptops, smart phones, tablets, thin clients, printers, or other specialized hardware, such POS terminals, smart meters, AC control systems, thermometers, and the like. The connection of these devices to corporate networks creates attack paths for security threats. It stands to reason, then, that endpoint security is imperative today for business of all sizes.

EPP vs. EDR Solutions

 So, how can IT and security teams go about this? It starts with the overall concept of endpoint management: the ability to centrally discover, provision, deploy, update, and troubleshoot endpoint devices within an organization.

Such security tends to be split into two categories—albeit categories that are converging: Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP) and Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR).

EPP is a solution deployed on endpoint devices to prevent file-based malware attacks, detect malicious activity, and provide the investigation and remediation capabilities needed to respond to dynamic security incidents and alerts.

According to Cybrary, EPP is designed to detect and block threats at the device level. To achieve this, EPP tools contain other security solutions such as:

  • Antivirus
  • Anti-malware
  • Data encryption
  • Personal firewalls
  • Intrusion prevention (IPS)
  • Data loss prevention (DLP)

Traditional EPP solutions are preventative by nature, and typically use a signature-based approach to identify threats. The latest EPP solutions have, however, evolved to utilize a broader range of detection techniques.

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Antivirus Software Isn’t Enough

On the other hand, says Cybrary, “EDR tools are designed to monitor and record activity on endpoints, detect suspicious behavior, security risks, and respond to internal and external threats. You can use EDR solutions to track, monitor, and analyze data on endpoints to enhance the fortification of your environment.”

The article goes on to explain that EDR tools do not replace traditional tools such as antivirus and firewalls but, instead, work with them to provide enhanced security capabilities. Since these tools protect endpoints, they can be considered a part of a broader endpoint management concept.

“In other words,” according to Cybrary, “antivirus software only protects end-user devices while EDR provides network security by authenticating log-ins, monitoring network activities, and deploying updates.”

While the capabilities of EDR solutions can vary, they all share the same primary purpose; alerting the user of suspicious activity and investigating threats in real-time to study the root of the attack and stop it.

It might seem like the distinction between EPP and EDR is straightforward, but it is not always that simple. Traditionally, EPP is thought of as a first-line defense mechanism, effective at blocking known threats. EDR, on the other hand, is seen as the next layer of security, providing additional tools to detect threats, analyze intrusions, and respond to attacks.

The Benefits of EDR Solutions

 EDR solutions tend to have four primary competencies: detect security incidents; contain the incident at the endpoint so network traffic or process execution can be remotely controlled; investigate security incidents; and remediate endpoints to a pre-infection state. Innovation, in the form of artificial intelligence (AI), allows EDR solutions to predict threats before they occur, in addition to the four competencies focused on detecting and eliminating threats.

EDR was initially positioned as a solution for large organizations with dedicated cybersecurity centers that can use the inputs provided by EDR to fight intrusion to their network. Now there is a growing acceptance that EDR capabilities are a necessity for all organizations of all sizes.

Of late, according to Cybrary, EDR providers have begun to incorporate aspects of EPPs into their products, and EPP providers to integrate basic EDR functionality in their solutions as well. Some companies are even now offering a more holistic security solution that combines EDR security and EPP security tools to provide both active and passive endpoint protection.

How Syxsense Can Help

Today, organizations have realized that the two solutions complement each other. Syxsense is one of those companies. As cybersecurity threats grow, there is more pressure than ever to stay ahead of the curve.

Syxsense Secure brings together endpoint management and security for greater efficiency and collaboration between IT management and security teams. Our AI-driven threat protection gets you in front of any malicious cyberattack with the power of predictive technology.

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Verismic Software Launches Rebrand to Syxsense and New Product Offerings, Reinforcing its Mission to Strengthen Endpoint Security

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Verismic Software Launches Rebrand to Syxsense, Reinforcing its Mission to Strengthen Endpoint Security

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The New Name, Syxsense, Expresses Company’s Focus on Protecting the Endpoint with Powerful AI-enabled Solutions That “Know All”

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (November 4, 2019) – Verismic Software, a global leader in IT- and security-management solutions, announced today a comprehensive rebranding and repositioning of its products and messaging. This major initiative makes Syxsense the world’s first IT and security-solution provider to offer patch management, vulnerability scans, and Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) capabilities in a single console.

Syxsense has created innovative and intuitive technology that sees-–and knows—everything, making it able to secure every endpoint, in every location, everywhere inside and outside the network, as well as in the cloud. Artificial intelligence (AI) helps security teams predict and root out threats before they happen—and to swiftly make them disappear when they do.

“Syxsense combines the power of artificial intelligence with industry expertise to manage and secure endpoints by stopping threats before they occur and neutralizing threats when they happen,” commented Ashley Leonard, CEO of Syxsense.

“By owning an IT management tool, IT professionals can patch to reduce the risk of a problem,” Leonard continued. “By owning an EDR tool, you can monitor a breach and quarantine a device. By combining both, Syxsense allows IT and security teams to eliminate many breaches by patching, track and quarantine potential breaches, and then remediate the environment after a security event—all in real-time.”

At the heart of the rollout is Syxsense Manage, a cloud-native offering that does the heavy lifting by collecting and collating a library of patches and updates. This allows IT professionals to deploy updates with AI-driven natural language and voice control. When the need arises, users have access to dashboards, query builders, and remote-control functions that provide insight into device health, inventory, and timelines allowing IT managers to troubleshoot and diagnose issues.

Syxsense Manage, therefore, becomes the IT managers’ “endpoint everything,” allowing them to see and manage all endpoints both inside and outside the network as well as in the cloud, with coverage for all major operating systems and endpoints, including IoT devices, physical and virtual devices, and all major cloud vendors. More importantly, they can complete day-to-day tasks and updates with ease and efficiency.

The companion offering, Syxsense Secure, brings together endpoint management and security for greater efficiency and collaboration between IT management and security teams responsible for protecting businesses from cyber-attacks. It is the only cloud-native product on the market that truly combines endpoint management and endpoint security into a single unified offering. What’s more, it is tailored to the exact needs of companies that have limited resources and consolidated IT management and security functions in the same department.

Syxsense Secure includes proactive, always-on monitoring for malicious processes, automated device quarantine, real-time alerting, and live data that delivers insights in real-time to provide even greater visibility into the health of all the endpoints across your network. It is built on endpoint management technology that creates a baseline defense against known threats by ensuring devices are current with the latest software updates and security patches. This provides total visibility into the enterprise and eliminates blind spots so security managers can immediately detect anomalies that indicate an imminent or active threat.

By analyzing endpoint activity, Syxsense Secure predicts threats before they become breaches. Built on real-time, always-on endpoint monitoring, when breaches do happen, Syxsense knows how the attack entered the environment, how it spread, which data, files, and devices were impacted, and whether the threat has been neutralized in its entirety to prevent future vulnerabilities.

“Organizations are now able to combine and strengthen cybersecurity and IT management across their enterprise, enabling IT-SecOps convergence and digital transformation, improving enterprise performance while reducing the cost of cybersecurity,” concluded Leonard. “The Syxsense Endpoint Security Cloud, the overarching platform for Secure and Manage, provides multiple industry-proven capabilities in a single dashboard to simplify cybersecurity management and better protect people, businesses and assets from evolving cyber threats.”

About Syxsense

Syxsense is the leading provider of innovative, intuitive technology that sees all and knows everything about every endpoint, in every location, everywhere inside and outside the network, as well as in the cloud. It combines the power of artificial intelligence with industry expertise to manage and secure endpoints by stopping threats before they occur and neutralizing threats when they happen. The Syxsense Endpoint Security Cloud always-on technology performs in real-time so businesses can operate free of disruption from security breaches that cripple productivity and expose them to financial risk and reputational harm.

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