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6 Simple Rules for Securing Your Endpoints

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6 Simple Rules for Securing Your Endpoints

It's never been more critical to manage and secure your endpoints. Here are six important rules for protecting your organization from IT security threats.

1. Always Be Patching

Managing software updates—and specifically patching endpoints—secures your organization from known threats. The appearance of new endpoint types—such as Internet of Things (IoT), Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), and other operating system and software vulnerabilities—requires countless patches. Always be patching if you want to stay ahead of the bad actors.

2. Seek Out All Endpoints

Think about your company’s network—how many devices are out there? Is the number of staggering? You had better give it some thought, because endpoints account for the vast majority of security breaches—estimates put the number at about 70 percent. And if you don’t know you have them, you can’t secure them.

3. Stay Current

You must adapt to the increasing complexity of hackers and their cyberattacks. Bad actors never sleep—they continually work to improve their cyberattacks, constantly evolving the threat landscape. Your organization, therefore, must deploy endpoint security solutions that will keep up with the deluge of malware that can be expected in the future.

4. Be Resilient

Experts suggest that companies must aim to be resilient, assuming that breaches are inevitable. Since endpoints are said to account for about 70 percent of all breaches, being able to find and fix an attack at an endpoint while continuing to operate your business effectively is the key to resilience. A threat or breach to an endpoint must not be allowed to demobilize your entire business.

5. Be Strategic

Many organizations have an inconsistent approach to endpoint security. Companies, today, must manage endpoint security strategically and begin to fully comprehend the risks associated with all endpoints. Not doing so can result in inadequacies in processes and procedures leaving endpoints open to attack and breaches.

6. Make It a Priority

Overall, endpoint security and cybersecurity need to become a priority in your organization’s business plans. Endpoint security doesn’t just protect your business—it preserves your reputation, reassures your customers, and streamlines your business processes. Without the necessary prioritization that cybersecurity demands, your endpoint security will most likely fail.

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Syxsense Shines at the Stevies’ 2022 American Business Awards

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Syxsense Shines at the Stevies’ 2022 American Business Awards

Syxsense has been honored at the Stevies’ 2022 American Business Awards across two categories.

Syxsense Honored at Stevies’ Awards

We’re excited to announce that Syxsense has been honored at the Stevies’ 2022 American Business Awards across two categories, highlighting our unique approach to unified endpoint security and IT management. This prestigious awards program recognizes the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide.

Syxsense Secure placed Silver in the Best Endpoint Security Management Solution category, with one judge calling it a “user-friendly solution to IT security management.” Another lauded Secure for its “promising customer reviews and performance metrics.”

Additionally, the Bronze for Best Emerging Technology went to Syxsense Cortex. Several judges praised Cortex, calling it one of the “better products they’d seen,” and shined a spotlight on its various features:

“The videos were beneficial to get a sense of the product. The product reviews are amazing… The workflow building and drag-and-drop UI helps differentiate the solution and move from IT administration to the emerging trend of IT orchestration.”

More than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories. Over 230 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s winners.

To learn more details about the Stevies’ American Business Awards and see the complete list of 2022 winners can be found here.

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President Warns of Russian Cyberattacks and Demands Greater Cybersecurity Preparedness

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President Warns of Russian Cyberattacks and Demands Greater Cybersecurity Preparedness

President Biden issued a warning this week about the likelihood of attacks on U.S. government and corporate targets emanating from Russia.

Russian Cyberattacks on the Rise

President Biden issued a warning this week about the likelihood of attacks on U.S. government and corporate targets emanating from Russia.

“This is a critical moment to accelerate our work to improve domestic cybersecurity and bolster our national resilience. I have previously warned about the potential that Russia could conduct malicious cyber activity against the United States, including as a response to the unprecedented economic costs we’ve imposed on Russia alongside our allies and partners. It’s part of Russia’s playbook. Today, my Administration is reiterating those warnings based on evolving intelligence that the Russian Government is exploring options for potential cyberattacks,” he said.

Earlier announcements had mainly been about bolstering the cybersecurity profile of governmental agencies. However, this message took a different tone. It focused on the need for private organizations to increase their level of alertness and cybersecurity preparedness.

“But the Federal Government can’t defend against this threat alone,” said the President. “Most of America’s critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector and critical infrastructure owners and operators must accelerate efforts to lock their digital doors. If you have not already done so, I urge our private sector partners to harden your cyber defenses immediately by implementing the best practices we have developed together over the last year.”

CISA Issues Urgent Cybersecurity Alert

Just before this announcement, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a Shields Up alert that included mitigation guidance for any suffering an attack, as well as laying the best practices noted by the President.

Such best practices include keeping patches up to date and scanning network and devices regularly for any signs of malicious or anomalous behavior.

As CISA said among its key guidelines:

  • Ensure that software is up to date, prioritizing updates that address known exploited vulnerabilities identified by CISA.
  • Confirm that the organization’s IT personnel have disabled all ports and protocols that are not essential for business purposes.

Unfortunately, too many businesses either neglect these functions or let them fall behind. In a great many breaches, attackers take advantage of known vulnerabilities that organizations have failed to patch. In many other attacks, the signs of incursion are not difficult to spot. Yet absent or inadequate scanning fails to uncover them.

No one wants to experience a cyberattack. That is why it is so important to scan constantly for vulnerabilities and keep patches up to date. Syxsense is the only product that combines automated patching, vulnerability scanning, and IT management.

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Syxsense Changes Game with Introduction of New Mobile Device Management Solution

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Syxsense Changes Game with Introduction of New Mobile Device Management Solution

Syxsense's MDM solution broadens the reach of IT managers to mobile devices running iOS, iPadOS, and Android.

Mobile Device Management Added to Syxsense

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., March 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ –– Syxsense, a global leader in IT and security management solutions, announced today the availability of their solution for Mobile Device Management (MDM).

Available immediately, the MDM solution from Syxsense is the first solution on the market that broadens the reach of IT managers to now include mobile devices running iOS, iPadOS, and Android, in addition to previously supported Windows, Linux and Mac environments.

The ongoing trend of remote and hybrid work models has increased the criticality of bringing mobile devices under the umbrella of IT managed security, both company issued as well as BYOD (bring your own device.) MDM is now recognized by analyst firm Gartner as a key requirement of an effective Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) strategy, which has seen a surge in investment recently. Gartner writes “UEM investment has grown in response to the greater acceptance of remote working and the requirement to manage, patch and support Windows 10 and macOS PCs as well as mobile devices, regardless of location.”

Syxsense’ MDM offering includes all the tools necessary to apply effective management to mobile endpoints, including Device Enrollment, Inventory and Configuration Management, Application Deployment and Rollback, Data Containerization, and Remote Device Lock/Reset/Wipe, making it possible for IT to wipe sensitive data from lost or stolen devices.

“The Syxsense approach of unifying management of all IT devices into a single console that spans device management, device security and vulnerability remediation, has resonated with our customers, and is the catalyst for our recent explosive growth,” explains Ashley Leonard, founder and CEO of Syxsense. “This industry-first ability to now manage mobile devices within the same platform and methodology as other IT assets has been hugely popular with our early adopters.”

Syxsense Mobile Device Management is available as an add-on module to Syxsense Secure, which already includes management and security tools for servers, desktops, laptops, and virtual machines. It will also be included in an upcoming release of a bundled offering targeted at enterprise customers who wish to manage the broad scope of their IT devices from within a single console.

Other Included Features

Syxsense has also released updates to their existing offerings to now provide integration with Active Directory (AD) allowing IT managers to manage on-premise AD devices from the cloud. Syxsense discovers devices as they are added to OUs (organizational units) and automatically applies the appropriate policies.

This union of Syxsense Cortex™ and AD enables cradle to grave lifecycle management based on OU membership, rather than having to manually apply tasks to new devices and is a huge time saver to the IT team.

Newly updated Syxsense Manage is now also the first patch management product on the market that offers active Patch Tuesday scheduling for phased deployments. The recurring windows are set relative to the moving target of the second Tuesday, making it easy to deploy new content automatically. Missing a deployment of Microsoft’s recommended patches is a major factor in unprotected or under-protected environments and leaves the door open for attack.

Syxsense products support iOS, iPadOS, Android, Windows Servers, Windows Desktop, MacOS devices, and a variety of Linux distributions, now also including the enterprise-friendly Rocky Linux.

Information and pricing on these new Syxsense products is available on the Syxsense website. Qualified customers are also able to schedule a personalized demo of the existing products and the new MDM module, and receive a $100 gift card in return, by registering here.

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WhisperGate and HermeticWiper: Critical Public Aware Vulnerabilities

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WhisperGate and HermeticWiper: Critical Public Aware Vulnerabilities

WhisperGate, a new malware, is being used to target organizations in Ukraine and companies with connections to the country.

WhisperGate Malware Is Targeting Ukraine

The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) has disclosed that malware known as WhisperGate is being used to target organizations in Ukraine and companies with connections to the country. According to Microsoft, WhisperGate is intended to be destructive and designed to render targeted devices inoperable.

Additionally, several cybersecurity researchers disclosed that malware known as HermeticWiper was being used against organizations in Ukraine. According to SentinelLabs, the malware targets Windows devices only by manipulating the master boot record resulting in subsequent boot failure.

These attacks are not intended to be used to extract a ransom, but to cause the maximum IT outage possible in an organization, by turning all devices into expensive door stops.

The National Cyber Security Centre in the UK are not aware of any current specific threats to UK organizations in relation to events in and around Ukraine, but there has been a historical pattern of cyberattacks on Ukraine with international consequences.

Threat actors have deployed destructive malware, including both WhisperGate and HermeticWiper against organizations in Ukraine to destroy computer systems and render them inoperable.

A joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) between the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) provided information on WhisperGate and HermeticWiper malware as well as open-source indicators of compromise (IOCs) for organizations to detect and prevent the malware.

This data has been provided to help secure the maximum number of organizations around the world.

Identifying WhisperGate

The following payloads are used to both infect and launch the WhisperGate attack. These are files which have known file hashes.

Even if the file name has changed, Syxsense can still detect this threat and keep your endpoints secure. The infection comes in 2 parts, first a stage file is copied to the PC which then launched stage 2 which causes the end result.

Name File Category File Hash
WhisperGate stage1.exe a196c6b8ffcb97ffb276d04f354696e2391311db3841ae16c8c9f56f36a38e92
WhisperGate stage2.exe dcbbae5a1c61dbbbb7dcd6dc5dd1eb1169f5329958d38b58c3fd9384081c9b78

Identifying HermeticWiper

Any of the following payloads could be used to both infect and launch the HermeticWiper attack. These are files which have known file hashes, even if the file name has changed Syxsense can still detect this threat.

Similar to WhisperGate, these are files delivered initially as a Trojan, and from there it downloads and launches the sophisticated attack.

Name File Category File Hash
Win32/KillDisk.NCV Trojan 912342F1C840A42F6B74132F8A7C4FFE7D40FB77
61B25D11392172E587D8DA3045812A66C3385451
HermeticWiper Win32 EXE 912342f1c840a42f6b74132f8a7c4ffe7d40fb77
HermeticWiper Win32 EXE 61b25d11392172e587d8da3045812a66c3385451
RCDATA_DRV_X64 ms-compressed a952e288a1ead66490b3275a807f52e5
RCDATA_DRV_X86 ms-compressed 231b3385ac17e41c5bb1b1fcb59599c4
RCDATA_DRV_XP_X64 ms-compressed 095a1678021b034903c85dd5acb447ad
RCDATA_DRV_XP_X86 ms-compressed eb845b7a16ed82bd248e395d9852f467
Trojan.Killdisk Trojan.Killdisk 1bc44eef75779e3ca1eefb8ff5a64807dbc942b1e4a2672d77b9f6928d292591
Trojan.Killdisk Trojan.Killdisk 0385eeab00e946a302b24a91dea4187c1210597b8e17cd9e2230450f5ece21da
Trojan.Killdisk Trojan.Killdisk a64c3e0522fad787b95bfb6a30c3aed1b5786e69e88e023c062ec7e5cebf4d3e
Ransomware Trojan.Killdisk 4dc13bb83a16d4ff9865a51b3e4d24112327c526c1392e14d56f20d6f4eaf382

Increase Your Endpoint Security with Syxsense

Using the power and intelligence of the vulnerability scanning engine within Syxsense Cortex, you can detect these malicious threats before it damages your devices.

You may configure the actions to keep your environment safe, such as simply deleting the file or to completely isolate the device from the network — this can stop a widespread attack in its tracks.  You decide on the risk you are prepared to take!

These can be found within the extensive library of security scripts under “WhisperGate” and “HermeticWiper.”

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Why Endpoint Protection Is Critical

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Why Endpoint Protection Is Critical

Despite the growth in IT security technology, endpoints remain vulnerable and organizations continue to be exposed to threats.

Why Safeguarding Endpoints Is Important

Organizations have amassed a formidable array of security technology over the years. Anti-virus, malware protection, intrusion detection/prevention systems, firewalls, access controls, zero-trust architectures, threat intelligence, security and event information management, endpoint detection and response, and more.

Yet endpoints remain vulnerable and organizations continue to be breached.

The Cost of Endpoint Vulnerabilities

A study by the Ponemon Institute found that the bulk of cybercrime is perpetrated via an endpoint. That report places the losses associated with a single endpoint breach at $8.94 million on average — that’s a lot of money. And it’s a number many would question. What has to be understood is that actual dollar losses are not the major element in the calculation.

The $8.94 figure was determined based upon direct economic losses via theft or ransomware, as well as a figuring out the monetary value of lost productivity, system downtime, infrastructure damage, legal costs, and brand impact. The largest portion, it turns, out is not the financial losses. Productivity losses associated with a breach accounted for the highest amount.

Yes, the company had to fork over a ransom. But Ponemon research had found productivity losses following endpoint attacks as the biggest area of financial impact. This finding has held true now for several years in what has become an annual report on the true costs of system breaches.

Take the case of a financial services provider or an oil and gas firm that is down for hours; the revenue losses mounts up fast. Similarly, thousands of personnel being unable to access their systems for several days adds up to a hefty sum in terms of wasted salaries and company profits.

Theft of information is in second place in the Ponemon study. Proprietary information, intellectual property, and confidential databases have value on the dark web and are eagerly sought after by criminals. Thus, it is essential to properly safeguard these assets.

More Security or Better Security?

Quite often, the answer to a surge in attacks is some heavily-hyped new technology. The sales pitch goes along these lines: your existing security arsenal is no longer enough. Therefore, add W, X, and Y, and you will be protected. A few months later, W, X, and Y are no longer sufficient. It is time to implement Z!

Rather than continuing to splurge on the latest and greatest, then, a better approach might be to review what you are doing, what is already in place – and do it better.

Patch management serves as a good case in point. Most organizations think they do a decent job of patch management. Yet vital security patches can go unaddressed for months, distributed patches may not be applied to all machines, and patching can become bogged down in internal approvals, sluggish testing procedures, and manual procedures.

How to Build a Better Patch Strategy

There is a way to do patch management far more effectively. Syxsense Secure offers intelligent and automated patching. Patches issued by vendors to fix holes are reviewed, tested, and distributed by us within three hours.

In addition to patch management, the system also includes integrated vulnerability scanning and IT management. Start a free trial to experience all the powerful features of Syxsense.

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Do You Really Know How Vulnerable You Are?

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Do You Really Know How Vulnerable You Are? Vulnerability Scanning Plays an Essential Role in Modern Security

How effective is your IT security strategy? Even with 70% of breaches starting at the endpoint, many IT professionals have become complacent.

How vulnerable is your IT security strategy?

Sometimes you can get too cozy behind well-built fortifications and imposing defenses. The ancient Trojans offer a vivid example. The Greeks could do nothing to breach the mighty walls of the city state. After a decade-long siege, the people of Troy knew with certainty that their kingdom could never be successfully attacked. Yet they were defeated by a small group hidden inside a wooden horse.

The point is this: Have you become complacent with your own firewalls, intrusion detection systems, AI-driven threat detection apps, and safeguards?

Avoid Complacency

Cybercrime statistics demonstrate that vigilance is never ending. Billions of cyberattacks are launched each year from all around the globe.

Automation and a thriving dark web economy have spawned an army of hackers — they are constantly probing for any weakness, especially at the endpoint. With 70% of breaches originating at the endpoint, all it takes is one vulnerability to enter the network.

However, another reason for potential complacency could be the high volume of breaches that are caught. Security teams may be high-fiving daily at the number of probes and attack vectors they thwart. At the first sniff of an unusual traffic pattern from a port, they pounce and plug the hole. When a serious breach is detected, forensic and remediation teams scour the enterprise to ensure all areas of compromise and weakness are resolved.

Yet these stark facts remain: There is a 28% likelihood of a recurring breach within two years; and it takes 197 days on average for IT to identify a security breach. Clearly, there is no room for complacency. Like sentries on the perimeter, all it takes is a few minutes of inattention or napping on the job and the game is up.

The Need for Vulnerability Scanning

Hence the vital nature of vulnerability scanning. Malware and AV apps constantly detect malicious infections designed to steal money via online access to bank accounts, ransomware attacks, and corrupted installation packages on devices. While keeping all defenses in place, and even reinforcing them, this is no time to be without comprehensive vulnerability scanning.

Vulnerability scanning is all about inspecting points of potential exploit to identify security holes. The scan detects and classifies system weaknesses. Some tools predict the effectiveness of countermeasures. Typically, scans correlate the details of the target attack surface to a database of information about known security holes in services and ports, as well as anomalies in packet construction, and paths that may exist to exploitable programs or scripts. Therefore, scanning databases must be complete and constantly updated.

Some scans are done by logging in as an authorized user while others are done externally and attempt to find holes that may be exploitable by those operating outside the network. Both kinds should be deployed. It is all about constant alertness. And a willingness to remain willingness and overcome any tendency toward complacency.

Complete Security Management

The Syxsense vulnerability scanner is the most complete security management package on the market. It is effortless to employ, has a user-friendly interface, and effectively enhances the security of IT systems.

As its automated, security personnel determine how often and for how long to run the scan. This gives IT the ability to detect and secure vulnerabilities and security weaknesses exposed by open ports, disabled firewalls, ineffective user account policies, and security compliance violations from remote workers and those on the corporate network.

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Beginner’s Guide To Endpoint Security Software

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Beginner’s Guide To Endpoint Security Software

Endpoint security software can be a critical tool for defending your organization from cyber attacks, vulnerabilities, and ransomware.

In 2018, 62% of businesses experienced a cyber attack, and in the first half of 2019 data breaches exposed 4.1 billion records.

We know that cybersecurity is a problem, but often we don’t know what to do about it, and unfortunately, the statistics show that the vast majority of companies are not prepared for attacks.

And the cause is that most businesses simply don’t know what to do to counter the cyberattacks. The answer is endpoint security.

What is Endpoint Security?

Endpoint security, as the name suggests, refers to securing endpoints. What are endpoints? They are end-user devices, such as computers, laptops, tablets, phones–even smart watches. Any computer that someone uses, no matter how small it may appear, is susceptible to attack and must be secured.

Endpoint security software is used by businesses, as opposed to individuals and homes who generally just use an antivirus software. The difference between a home’s antivirus software and a businesses endpoint security is big, but the main and critical difference is that endpoint security software secures an entire network, with all of that network’s endpoints responding in unison, via the cloud, rather than independently.

What Does Endpoint Security Software Do?

When a threat is detected, the endpoint’s user is notified and the software kicks into gear, activating its automatic protective measures. Some of these capabilities include, but are not limited to, antivirus management, integrated firewalls, network access control, whitelisting, intrusion detection and response, and root cause analysis.

The faster a security software is able to counter a threat and begin remediation, the lower the chances are that the threat will both spread and expose more breaches. It lowers the risk of downtime, which lowers the cost of the attack.

What Threats Does Endpoint Security Software Address?

Phishing

Phishing is one of the most common types of cyberattack. The attacker pretends to be someone or something else, trying to get the user to click on a malicious link or enter sensitive data.

For example, a phishing attack may send an email that appears to be from a company you trust, giving you a link to go to their website and login–but the email and website are fake, and by entering your login information you are handing over your login and password to the attacker. This type of attack has been used successfully to get access to corporate computers, to bank accounts, to email accounts, and much more.

Ransomware

Ransomware is an attack that targets the endpoint user’s files on their computer, encrypting them. Once the files have been encrypted, the user will get a ransom demand that they either pay a certain amount to regain access to their files, or the files will forever be lost. Often, these cyberattackers demand payment in the form of cryptocurrency like Bitcoin.

Data Theft

Perhaps the type of attack that gets the most news attention is data theft, where a cyberattacker will enter a user’s system and access data that belongs to the business. Often this data is customer data, including names, personal information, and payment information.

By doing this, the thieves can steal identities as well as sell the credit card or bank account numbers. These types of attack make the news because they impact so many people–often hundreds of millions of customers, such as in the Yahoo! breach, or the Equifax breach.

What’s the Difference Between Anti-Virus Software and Endpoint Security Software?

The main difference between anti-virus software and endpoint security software is in its scope. Anti-virus software will protect from many of the same things that endpoint security software does, but anti-virus software merely protects a single computer from these threats, its automated services locking down the computer and trying to isolate the problem.

While the anti-virus software may connect online to its company, like Norton or Kaspersky, and get information about the attack from them, it only solves the problem on that specific device.

Endpoint security software, on the other hand, protects the entire network, immediately going into defensive mode to find other malware and viruses. When one endpoint device is compromised, all of the devices are inspected.

Another difference is that endpoint security software is not necessarily installed on every computer, but is software attached to the network, whereas antivirus software is installed on each machine.

What Makes Endpoint Security Software So Important?

Endpoint security software is so important because businesses and organizations are under attack more than they ever have been before. Since 2014, security breaches have increased by 67%, and the average cost of a data breach is $3.92 million.

Some of the most notable breaches have been incredibly costly, such as the Equifax breach in 2017, which affected 147 million consumers and cost the company $4 billion.

And lest it be thought that these attacks only happen to big companies with millions of users, it is reported that 82% of small and medium sized businesses have had malware attacks that have successfully broken through their traditional antivirus solutions.

This problem is big, and it is expensive, both in dollars lost and in reputation damaged. And the problem is getting bigger all the time. Malware, viruses, and phishing attacks are all on the rise, and newer attacks, especially targeting mobile devices, are skyrocketing.

By getting an endpoint security system that is prepared for these attacks, companies are able to combat the threat of a single user accidentally infecting an entire workplace through one wrong click. It is far less expensive to act on this threat now, than wait until your computer system is the one under attack, being ransomed, or having been breached.

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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?

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.

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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Why You Should Combine Your IT Management and Security Operations Strategy

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Why You Should Combine Your IT Management and Security Operations Strategy

The current IT security landscape is changing dramatically. How will the shift to endpoint detection and response (EDR) change your strategy?

How IT Security is Changing

Companies initially put up firewalls and installed antivirus software to prevent security breaches. But it wasn’t long before ransomware came along and shattered the status quo, shifting the focus to endpoint detection and response (EDR).

With that, the market for endpoint-security software exploded.

However, organizations are forced to cobble together a variety of barely compatible vendors to meet all of their cybersecurity needs. Multiple solutions with their own infrastructure, deployment processes, training, and ongoing management. With skyrocketing costs, one thing became crystal clear: Companies are searching for an option that combines systems management tools, EDR, and vulnerability/threat management in a single, seamless platform.

Being in the vanguard of systems and patch management, Syxsense is the first to combine endpoint management and security that provides greater efficiency between IT management and security teams. In today’s rapidly changing digital landscape, Syxsense is at the forefront of a security revolution.

With AI-driven threat protection, Syxsense enables customers to have a “sixth sense” for security vulnerabilities and breaches. That is the power of complete endpoint visibility and predictive technology.

The Current Security Landscape

A recent article by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) confirms this scenario: “ESG research shows that 77% of companies surveyed plan to move to an integrated security suite with a preference towards a single vendor, with an even split between companies who are looking to next-gen providers and those looking to the large, established security players.”

While security vendors continue to increase the efficacy of their preventative solutions, security users are demanding simplification in the security stack, wanting to work with fewer tools and vendors. ESG concluded that “this means that organizations will need to depend on today’s tools providers to bring together at least the core prevention, detection, and response capabilities, in addition to managed services to assist in the implementation and management of these functions.”

The Syxsense Advantage

Our strategy is to simplify technology, which includes the consolidation of siloed endpoint security tools into a single agent for centralized security functions; merging of endpoint protection platforms (EPP) and EDR; and combining pre-execution prevention, post-execution detection, and response/remediation.

Syxsense believes the time is right to include endpoint management in the EPP/EDR mix. This creates an opportunity for consolidated technology that unifies the essential pieces across all three functions for greater efficiency, collaboration, and reduced costs—especially for SMB and mid-market enterprises.

Cyber criminals never stop working, and neither does Syxsense. We will help you secure your network from criminals who never give up on finding new ways to steal your company’s data and cripple your business. That’s why we’ve created an end-to-end solution that combats security threats, start to finish. Built for businesses that have limited resources but still need innovative security technology, Syxsense has brought together all of the essential components required to secure your enterprise quickly and easily—today.

Until now, what this all meant to the IT and security teams looking to stay on top of things was chaos in the market for security software.

Simplifying Endpoint Security

Syxsense has done everything it can to end this chaos and simplify endpoint security in the 2020s. New endpoint types, such as Internet of Things (IoT), workforce trends such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), and operating system and software vulnerabilities that require countless patches across increasingly complex networks, make endpoint management a real slog.

Endpoint management challenges increase the risk for exposure to threats. If businesses fail at endpoint management, they will fall victim to a security breach that could have been avoided.

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