Top 5 EDR Capabilities: Behavioral Protection, Whitelisting, Antimalware and more by Gilad David Maayan

February 10, 2022

What is EDR?

Endpoint detection and response (EDR) solutions provide real-time continuous visibility into endpoint activity alongside automated response capabilities. Anton Chuvakin of Gartner initially introduced this security product category. He recognized the need for tools to protect increasingly complex networks from endpoint threats.

Here are key capabilities of EDR:

  • Continuous monitoring—EDR solutions continuously collect activity data from endpoints connected to the network and monitor for indicators of threats.
  • Analysis capabilities—EDR tools can analyze collected endpoint data and identify threat patterns.
  • Automated response—after identifying a threat, EDR tools can initiate automated actions that contain or remove a threat while notifying security personnel.
  • Forensics tools—EDR solutions provide forensics tools to help investigate identified threats and look for suspicious activities.

Why is EDR Important?

In the past, endpoints were known and expected components like routers and company-owned PCs connected to the network. IT teams had control over these endpoints and could establish a perimeter that protected corporate networks from external intrusion. Today’s networks are complex and highly dynamic distributed environments that constantly allow or restrict connectivity with numerous endpoints. 

Today’s endpoints include not only networking components and company devices but also....

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