It’s Time to Up Your Anti-Virus Game

After 30+ years of leveraging antivirus software as the primary endpoint protection mechanism, businesses are finding there is a better way to secure its PCs.  By definition, antivirus is a reactive solution – it is always waiting for a virus definition to identify known threats.

Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) solutions, on the other hand, leverage artificial intelligence to block threats based upon the behavior of the machine.  This approach provides a much more robust form of security.

CSP is proud to have partnered with SentinelOne, an industry leading EDR solution, to provide our clients with the most secure endpoint protection solution on the market.

It’s Time to Up Your Anti-Virus Game

COVID-19 Has Spawned New Cyberthreats

Info-Security Magazine explains what the global pandemic has meant for cybersecurity.

“With threat activity reaching record levels in this period, there is every chance employees return to the office and bring malicious programs and code that’s waiting to reconnect to the IT network.”

Our gradual return-to-office plans may feel like we’re back to normal, but business leaders will find their security challenges are just beginning. And an ounce of protection will be worth many pounds of cure.

Companies can be secure today and not tomorrow. The bad guys know it, and they’re in for the long haul.

Anti-Virus is No Longer Enough

Traditionally, companies have counted on anti-virus for protection against outside threats.

Antivirus protects at the user level and is designed to detect and block a virus or malware from taking root on one user’s computer or accessing a network to which the user is connected.

But as cyberthreats have evolved, anti-virus has not been able to spiderweb into an all-inclusive security effort. It can’t protect companies from threats like encrypted traffic and malicious documents.

It is also not effective against the latest versions of malware: polymorphic and fileless.

Antivirus protection offers decentralized security that now falls short of providing sufficient protection to our ever-expanding digital networks. The IT network and perimeter of businesses are growing even faster with the mobile revolution.

Layer On the Next Level of Protection

Generally, EDR tools work alongside traditional tools like antivirus and firewalls. They add enhanced security measures while also tracking, monitoring and analyzing data on endpoint devices.

This improves the fortification of your technological environment.

EDR is becoming the preferred technology for businesses to enhance security for their networks, along with continuing to operate traditional antivirus.

Several options have emerged in the EDR marketplace. There are a few things to consider when weighing your options, including:

  • Threat hunting
  • Attack mapping
  • Product vision
  • Planned enhancements
  • Real-time monitoring
  • Roll-back capabilities to pre-infection state

Choose the Right Platform

A group of defense and intelligence experts witnessed savvy attackers compromising endpoints seemingly at will. Conventional approaches failed to provide adequate protection.

These experts founded SentinelOne to develop a dramatic new approach to endpoint protection. It’s one that applies artificial intelligence and machine learning to thwart known and unknown threats.

SentinelOne is the first to expand from cloud-native endpoint protection to the complete Singularity Platform, including EPP, ActiveEDR, cloud workload protection and IoT security — to protect and monitor every asset in the enterprise.

The platform was recently named by an independent research firm a strong performer in EDR.

Choose the Right Partner

If you’re unsure of where to begin with EDR, you don’t have to handle it alone. CSP will help you assess your security needs, evaluate your IT budget and design a rich cybersecurity defense.

Standard, free-trial, consumer-grade cybersecurity solutions won’t cut it anymore.

Click here to get started or call us at 919-424-2000.

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