Why Real Time Matters in Endpoint Security

Oct 01, 2019

Why Real Time Matters in Endpoint Security

BY Noam Harel

Cybersecurity

Noam Harel is the VP of Marketing at enSilo. With over a dozen years of experience steering brands to the next level. An innovative and strategic marketing leader, he has a formidable track record of opening new markets while consistently generating demand and sales growth. 

If you’ve ever played a ball game, say basketball or baseball, you know that if you drop the ball, you’ve lost the chance to score and maybe even win the game. The same can be said in endpoint security. If you don’t react immediately, you lose the chance to contain and mitigate the threat so it does not move laterally throughout the organization. You simply cannot afford days or months to detect a breach.

While walking the Black Hat conference floor, I heard dozens of security vendor pitches using terms such as “near real time” or “almost real time,” and it made me think, if you almost catch a ball or nearly catch a ball, isn't it ultimately on the floor because you missed catching it? Attacks occur in seconds; if you don't fight fire with fire -- automatically and in real time -- you will be breached.

Having said that, you know your endpoints are irresistible ports of entry to cybercriminals. That’s why attacks are inevitable and the results are predictable when endpoints don’t have real-time protection: lost or stolen data, destruction of corporate systems, and the potential for lateral movement into other devices and networks. It simply doesn’t matter whether it’s an executable or memory-based malware, whether it’s a drive-by browser download or exploit, document exploit or script: your endpoints will be compromised. What’s important is what you do about it.

The only practical solution is real-time prevention, detection, containment and response. Think about it: WannaCry takes only 52 seconds to do its dirty work. If you are not detecting and containing automatically in real time, you are already too late. That’s where kernel-level visibility, machine learning, and automation come in. As you evaluate endpoint security solutions, it's important to consider the features they offer. To learn more about what to look for in a solution, check out enSilo's recent blog post

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