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Look Beyond Next Generation AV

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If you’ve been actively seeking out a solution to replace legacy antivirus and improve overall endpoint protection, you’ve no doubt gotten a taste of the hype around next generation AV and ‘math-based’ static prevention, which detects attacks at the pre-execution phase. At first glance, it seems impressive; no dependence on signatures, A.I. and machine-learning technology being employed, claims of high efficacy, and the very latest: big IT operations efficiency benefits! 

Now, let’s take a step back and really think through this one. (However, if you’re still pondering the merits of math-based [static] prevention, we can save you the trouble by giving you 5 compelling reasons to look beyond it). 

A next generation AV solution—even one claiming to be “highly accurate at detecting the ‘worst of the worst’ malware that the world of cybercrime can throw at it”—still leaves the organization exposed to other advanced threats that don’t involve any files: exploits, file-less/memory-based malware, powershell attacks, and other types of malicious insider activity. 

It’s a widely accepted notion among cybersecurity experts and thought leaders that breaches will happen—no matter what. No single security technology is 100% effective against today’s threats, however it is possible to substantially decrease the odds of a successful attack with the right overall approach. 

That being said, the right approach to securing the endpoint extends beyond the pre-execution phase of an attack to include the ability to detect malicious behavior ON execution. This dual-layered approach broadens protection, making it possible to thwart attacks that don’t involve files. However, the real IT and SecOps efficiency gains are made as a result of the ability to respond to detected threats decisively– at machine speed—as well as being able to leverage real-time forensics data for a full-context view of an attack. This is where SentinelOne Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP) really shines. 

SentinelOne EPP is not just a next generation AV solution – but rather a next generation endpoint protection solution, which provides protection across all phases of an attack lifecycle. It enables a proactive security management approach, allowing teams to set turnkey mitigation policies and apply them to protected endpoints. In the event a threat is detected, policies are immediately executed: malicious processes can be instantly killed, infected files can be quarantined, and compromised endpoint devices can be disconnected from the network. Furthermore, all protected devices will be auto-immunized against a detected zero-day attack. While SentinelOne’s broad application of intelligent automation boosts SecOps efficiency around incident response, it also largely negates the need for expensive 3rd party consultants, putting detailed forensics data in the hands of internal security teams and presenting it in an intuitive visual storyline that requires no special expertise to interpret. 

SentinelOne EPP unifies prevention, detection, and response in a single platform, using only one agent, and one management console. And while a next generation AV involves the same single agent / single management console architecture, any cost savings will quickly diminish when other critical capabilities such as detection, mitigation, remediation, and forensics are added in a multi-solution approach to next-gen endpoint protection. 

For more information on how SentinelOne Endpoint Protection Platform can substantially improve your total cost of ownership (TCO) over a multi-solution approach, download SentinelOne’s whitepaper, “Endpoint Security Strategy: A TCO Perspective”. 

 

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