The 7 deadly sins of endpoint detection & response

Breaches often take weeks or even months to uncover, but the right strategy combined with strong endpoint detection & response (EDR) tools can make all the difference. We examine seven vital factors to consider.

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Many different elements need to come together for an organization to secure its data properly. Most companies adopt a security strategy that focuses on prevention, but the idea that you can completely lock down your systems and prevent all incursions is a fallacy. Data breaches are every bit as inevitable as death and taxes; almost all organizations are going to suffer a breach at some point.

Swift detection & response is vital because it gives attackers less time to dig in and move laterally through your network, reduces the risk of regulatory fines, and helps you avoid reputational damage. And it also reduces the cost of a data breach. The longer it takes to detect, the more expensive a breach will be, so the fact that it takes companies 196 days on average to detect a breach, according to the Ponemon Institute, is cause for concern.

Achieving the necessary speed requires getting into the right frame of mind and adopting the best EDR tools. To assist you in your task, we’re about to outline the seven deadly sins of detection & response.

Lack of endpoint visibility

The average IT environment today includes countless devices running different operating systems. Complexity is growing as the IoT, remote workers, and third parties add more potentially exploitable endpoints into the mix every day. Every organization needs to take steps to secure unmanaged devices and eliminate the IoT blind spot. Complete, real-time visibility into every endpoint on your network should be a priority.

Failure to analyze data

Maybe you’ve deployed a great EDR system and it’s configured correctly, but now your security team is buried under an avalanche of incoming data and they’re struggling to pick out the valuable insights that need to be acted upon. There are really two issues here: You need the right tool for your business, properly configured, and you need the resources to analyze the incoming data.

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