Carbon Black recently published a guide to help enterprises gauge their readiness in their initial search for next-generation antivirus, or NGAV; this is the first excerpt from that guide, which you can find here. For more information about how Cb Defense, Carbon Black’s NGAV + EDR solution, helps enterprises address their endpoint security challenges, check out our weekly Cb Defense Live Demo, every Wednesday at 2PM EST, 11AM PST.
Preparing for NGAV at Scale
Stopping Attacks in Progress Starts with Asking the Right Questions
Enterprises face an uphill battle when it comes to protecting their endpoints and defending against the myriad of aggressive, targeted and sophisticated cyberattacks they face on a daily basis. Environments are diverse, dynamic and increasingly remote. With thousands and thousands of endpoints comprised of varying operating systems and purpose, and often handling sensitive company information completely off the corporate network, globally-defined solutions like legacy antivirus (AV) are more cumbersome than their worth.
THE ENDPOINT IS THE NEW PERIMETER. Advances in cloud and communications technology have paved the way for a mobile workforce; free from the corporate network, these end users can access all the critical assets and data they need to accomplish their jobs without stepping foot on the protected corporate network. They work from home or public venues, accessing cloud-hosted solutions from their laptops and phones with ease. This has eroded the network perimeter and placed the onus square on the backs of endpoints to protect the business’s most valuable information from cybercriminals.
ALL ATTACKS ARE ADVANCED, TARGETED ATTACKS. Additionally, advances on the side of cybercriminals has elevated and streamlined the use of hacking techniques that completely bypass legacy and even some more modern anti-virus products. Malware is used only half the time to breach a network, and even then it is likely tailor-made to infect that specific target; legacy antivirus by nature only detects and prevents known malware. In either case, endpoints are blind to these techniques, which in turn leaves security teams unable to respond effectively, if at all.
OPERATIONAL STRAIN LEADS TO PERSISTENT THREATS. However, managing multiple points solutions designed to address specific issues on the endpoint is also untenable given the oft over-worked, understaffed security teams that support even the largest enterprise. Simply put, stopping attacks before they reach their destructive ends is difficult to do with traditional technologies and approaches, and the experiences of enterprises around the globe are exponentially more difficult given the vast number of endpoints, limited visibility and stretched priorities.
Enterprises need a comprehensive security strategy that addresses the reality of protecting endpoints at scale from advanced targeted attacks; stop as much as possible, but be prepared to address the threats that do get through by enabling security teams to respond to attacks in progress as quickly as possible.
In order to stop attacks in progress, shutting them down before the carry out their malicious ends, enterprises need to invest in emerging endpoint security platforms like next-generation antivirus (NGAV) that incorporate endpoint detection and response (EDR). However, they must ensure the platform is enterprise-ready, able to withstand the scalability demands and administrative requirements inherent to large organizations.
Thanks for joining us as we explore “Preparing for NGAV at Scale,” our in-depth guide to help enterprises gauge their readiness in their initial search for next-generation antivirus, or NGAV. You can click here to get a copy of the full report. Join us next week as we continue to profile this report.