The use of endpoint protection solutions can reduce the risk of a data breach by up to 85%.
With over 70% of businesses reporting that endpoint security is their top concern, it’s important to understand the differences between the solutions that are available to you and which is best for your company.
Antivirus, EDR, and SIEM are just a few security solutions that organizations use to protect their networks and systems from cyber threats. However, they differ in their approach and the types of data they collect, process, and analyze. Let’s take a deeper look at how each one protects your endpoints.
Antivirus software, as the name suggests, is designed to protect against viruses, Trojans, and other malicious software. It scans the computer for known threats, compares the files to a database of known malware, and removes any infected files. Antivirus software is usually quick to detect and remove malware, but it is limited in that it can only detect known threats.
Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR)
EDR focuses on the endpoint devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and servers, that are located within an organization’s network. EDR solutions collect and analyze data from these endpoints in real-time, looking for signs of malicious activity, such as malware infections, unusual file access, unauthorized network communication or unknown threats that antivirus software may not be able to identify. This makes EDR solutions more effective in protecting against zero-day exploits, which are new threats that have not yet been documented. EDR tools can also automate the response to threats, such as quarantining or removing malicious files.
Managed Detection & Response (MDR) combines human expertise with an EDR solution utilizing a Security Operations Center (SOC) to monitor ongoing activity and unusual behaviors to identify real threats. MDR allows companies to have a proactive approach to security rather than just reactive, reducing the potential damage caused by cyber attacks and ensuring timely resolution of incidents.
Security Information Event Management (SIEM)
SIEM is a centralized security solution that collects and analyzes data from multiple sources, including endpoints, firewalls, routers, and servers. SIEM solutions use this data to identify security incidents and alert security teams to potential threats. By providing a centralized view of an organization’s security posture, SIEMs help businesses identify and prioritize security incidents, streamline response and meet regulatory compliance requirements.
How do I know which solution is best for my business?
Antivirus, EDR, and SIEM are all important tools for protecting an organization from cyber threats, but they differ in their focus and capabilities. Determining which solution is best for your business depends on several factors such as size, industry and level of security required. In general, all businesses, regardless of size, should have some level of protection against cyber threats. Consult your network security team or schedule a free consultation to understand which solution is best for you.