Attackers must complete a certain sequence of events, known as the Attack lifecycle, to successfully accomplish their objectives, whether stealing information or running ransomware. To succeed, nearly every attack relies on compromising an endpoint, and although most organizations have deployed endpoint protection, infections are still common.
Due to the fundamental differences between malware and exploits, effective prevention requires an approach that protects against both. Traps combines multiple methods of prevention at critical phases within the attack lifecycle to halt the execution of malicious programs and stop the exploitation of legitimate applications, regardless of operating system, the endpoint’s online or offline status, and whether or not it is connected to an organization’s network.
Here are the Top 5 Requirements for Effective Endpoint Protection
Fighting threats with cloud-based malware analysis
Today’s complex threat landscape – combined with the diversity, volume and sophistication of threats in the modern enterprise environment – makes effective threat prevention challenging. To address these sophisticated, targeted and evasive threats, endpoint protection must integrate with shared threat Intelligence to learn and evolve its defenses.
Although ransomware is not new, major attacks like WannaCry, Petya/NotPetya and, more recently, TrickBot have shown that traditional prevention methods have become ineffective against advanced ransomware attacks. Attackers have evolved their approach and use of malware to become more sophisticated, automated, targeted and highly evasive.
Hit pause on “Patch Tuesday”
Patching is a critical part of a sound endpoint protection strategy. However, patch management only protects an organization’s endpoints after vulnerabilities are discovered and patched. Delays of days, weeks or longer are inevitable as patches for newly discovered vulnerabilities must be developed, distributed, tested and deployed. Although patch management is an important aspect of any information security program, much like signature‐based anti-malware detection, it is an endless race against time that offers no protection against zero‐day exploits.
Protect resource-sensitive environments
The frequent antivirus signature updates, application patches and operating system updates required to secure endpoints against known vulnerabilities are particularly challenging in virtual environments, where “golden images” are used to provision virtual endpoints. Many traditional physical endpoint products can create unforeseen complications when applied to virtual environments.
Protect endpoints from day one
To secure VDI and cloud workloads against known vulnerabilities, traditional security procedures require the most recent antivirus signatures, application patches and operating system updates after the initial boot from a golden image. This presents several technical and operational challenges.
Security built solely to protect virtual endpoints often lacks the broader contextual intelligence critical to effective enterprise security architecture. Integrated threat intelligence, including data on the tactics, techniques and procedures of new and previously seen cyberattacks, is often critical to successfully defend systems and networks.
Customers depend on Traps to ensure endpoints are protected, whether online or off, on-site or remote. IT teams must be able to confidently apply policies that control access to critical resources, and you need confidence in the integrity and configuration of the devices being used to connect to your network, whenever and wherever that may be. Protection cannot depend on full-time network access – it should just work, out of the box, from day one.