As the pandemic drove employees into their homes, businesses turned to one logical solution that would keep operations going—remote work. This major change, however, has drawn a much larger number of employees outside the safe confines of the corporate firewall and, in turn, dramatically increased businesses’ exposure to cyberthreats.
The rise of web-based activities, an inevitable offshoot of remote work, has be become a security powder keg. For instance, online collaboration and the increased usage of tools such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Drive, and SharePoint, which have made link-sharing the norm, are unfortunately increasing the risk of phishing emails, malware infections, and other cyberattacks.
Any one of those links might turn out to be embedded in a well-crafted phishing email or perhaps a spam email sent from an infected endpoint, such as a laptop or desktop computer, owned by a legitimate contact. That link might then download a trojan or lead to a malicious website (again impersonating a legitimate one) programmed to execute a drive-by download of damaging content.
As business leaders expect remote work to continue, even after the pandemic, the threat of cyberattacks can only get worse. In the 2020 edition of the Cost of Data Breach report, 70% of respondents expected remote work to increase the cost of a data breach. Another 71% percent of respondents said remote work would increase the time to identify and contain a data breach.
Why fight battles at your endpoints
It’s no secret that people are the weakest link in the security chain. Thus, it’s not surprising to know threat actors are now salivating at the surge in people-initiated internet activity and the fact that these activities originate from significantly less-secure networks.
Last year, Interpol reported an increase in COVID-19-themed cybercriminal activities targeting end users. These activities included online scams, phishing attacks, malicious domains, and ransomware.
When end users are the target, endpoints become battlegrounds. And since end users interface with endpoints almost all the time, numerous attack vectors are directed at these endpoints. Threat actors know that an exploited endpoint vulnerability could eventually set the stage for privilege escalation and lateral movement in the corporate network. Once a threat actor manages to get inside, their ability to inflict damage multiplies.
There’s no question how crucial endpoints are in an organization’s cybersecurity. Seventy percent of data breaches originate there. Businesses must therefore do everything they can to intercept and thwart an attack while it’s still at the doorsteps, i.e. at the endpoints.
How to defend your endpoints
So, how exactly do you defend your endpoints? In a remote work environment, where workers are geographically dispersed, it’s going to be almost impossible to defend every single PC or laptop used for work.
Most companies use different point solutions to address the endpoint security problem. This doesn’t help much for two reasons: First, it entails too much work from a management, monitoring, and maintenance perspective. And, second, the pieces of information they generate are rarely ever correlated, which can lead to confusion and, in turn, cause delays in analysis and remediation.
What’s needed is a single solution that not only secures your entire fleet of endpoint devices, but also gives you the ability to manage and gain complete visibility from a single pane of glass. Armor Anywhere with EDR is that solution.
Secure your endpoints with Armor Anywhere + EDR
Armor Anywhere with EDR is a cloud-based solution that delivers unified, enterprise-grade security to your entire IT infrastructure, including your applications, data, servers, networks, cloud environments and, yes, endpoints. More importantly, it does this while providing management capability and complete visibility from a single dashboard.
The EDR capability is made possible through Armor’s collaboration with VMware Carbon Black, a leader in enterprise-grade endpoint security. Armor Anywhere with EDR stops threats at the endpoints and prevents them from propagating deeper into your network. It detects and blocks behavioral anomalies, rootkits, fileless and signatureless malware, ransomware, and other cyberthreats in real time.
For Armor Anywhere with EDR protection to work, customers only need to install and provision the Armor agent into their endpoint devices through the intuitive Armor Management Portal (AMP). Once that’s done, all data from the EDR service will automatically flow through the Armor Anywhere platform.
Some of the major features and benefits that comes with Armor Anywhere with EDR include:
- Base policies (including watchlists) for EDR
- Access to the Armor Management Portal (AMP) for detection and incident
- Security and Operations Center (SOC) support for:
- Ticketing and guided remediation
- Policy tuning and modification
- Next-generation Antivirus protection with:
- Behavioral anomaly detection
- Realtime device assessment
- Containment capability