Here we’re going to do an elevator-version of the differences between Endpoint Protection, Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR), Extended Detection and Response (XDR), and Managed Threat Response (MTR). And if they come out with anything else before this article is completed, we’ll stick that in here, too.
Endpoint security, also known as endpoint protection, refers to the protection of internet-connected devices such as PCs, workstations, servers and smartphones from cyber threats. Endpoints are vulnerable to a wide range of attacks. This means they are commonly targeted by criminals. It is an integrated security solution that detects and blocks threats at device level. Typically this includes antivirus, anti-malware, data encryption, personal firewalls, intrusion prevention and data loss prevention.
Traditional Endpoint Protection is inherently preventative. Also, most of its approaches are signature-based. That is, they identify threats based on known file signatures for newly discovered threats. However, the latest Endpoint Protection has evolved to include a broader range of detection techniques.
Endpoint Detection and Response
Endpoint protection, refers to the protection of internet-connected devices such as PCs, workstations, servers and smartphones from cyber threats. Endpoints are vulnerable to a wide range of attacks. It is an integrated security solution that detects and blocks threats at device level. Typically this includes antivirus, anti-malware, data encryption, personal firewalls, intrusion prevention and data loss prevention. Traditional Endpoint Protection is inherently preventative, i.e; passive.
Endpoint Detection and Response certainly has elements of next-gen antivirus. But, it boasts additional abilities, as well, For example, you can also expect real-time anomaly detection and alerting, forensic analysis and endpoint remediation capabilities.
Extended Detection and Response
Extended Detection and Response, is a natural step in the evolution of EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response). Or SIEM. Whichever you prefer. Think of it as an approach that unifies information from multiple security products. It then automates and accelerates threat detection, investigation, and response in ways that isolated point solutions cannot. Corporate Armor has several partners that can implement this new capability. Sophos, teaming firewalls like the XGS 116 and XGS 126, with Intercept X/EDR, for example.
XDR takes a much broader approach than EDR. It provides visibility across all an organization’s endpoints, the network, and the cloud. Typically, it analyzes the collected data. Then, it acts upon threats. Subsequently, it sends unified alerts and action items to security analysts. So, it’s holistic, in other words.
Managed Threat Response
It goes by slightly different names depending on the vendor, but basically, it uses man and machine. MTR (or whatever) leverages machine-learning and expert analysis for improved threat hunting and detection. It also has a managed service component. In other words, you have more outside expertise at your disposal. Things like 24/7 Lead-Driven Threat Hunting, Threat Neutralization and Remediation, and Data Retention. Sophos Intercept X with MTR is a good example of this. It’s quite powerful.
You’ll also get things like Activity Reporting. This enables you to prioritize threats that have come in, and responses that were taken. And, you’ll be able to determine the difference between legitimate behavior and the tactics and procedures used by attackers. Because most successful attacks rely on the execution of a process that can appear legitimate to monitoring tools.
EDR, XDR, and MTR cover a wide range of medium-to-large business use cases. These are serious products that offer a huge buffet line of features depending on your needs and your abilities to take advantage of them. They are ideal for businesses with Information Technology staff and many endpoints to protect.
Of course, Corporate Armor can answer any further questions you may have about EDR, XDR, MTR, or any other related product. We partner with a number of highly reputable vendors, such as Sophos, ESET, Avast, Check Point, and more. So please email us or call 866-485-6858 any time!
Cool things about EDR, XDR, and MTR
|Proactively hunt for potential threats and incidents
|Use all available data to determine the scope and severity of threats
|Initiate actions to remotely contain, and neutralize threats
|Provide actionable advice for addressing the root cause of recurring incidents