Why is Endpoint Security Monitoring and Management So Important?

Endpoint security monitoring and management often require cumbersome juggling between tools and data. As more and more devices and applications get connected to an organization's network, more data and security alerts result. This growing complexity can make it hard to recognize real attacks, especially sophisticated ones that can quickly cause a lot of damage.

To mitigate breaches and their potential effects, IT professionals are investing in new and better endpoint security monitoring and management solutions. A recent study found that of organizations that have been breached in the past year, 35% are increasing security and audit requirements and 26% are increasing spending on threat intelligence technologies, 26% on prevention technologies, and 22% on incident response programs.

To ensure fast, efficient, and comprehensive remediation of security breaches, IT security decision-makers have acknowledged the need to reduce the complexity of their endpoint security environments. Today's enterprises value integrated endpoint security solutions that can effectively handle the whole process of endpoint security, including attack prevention, detection, and remediation. Single-vendor suite solutions and cloud technologies are on the rise due to their perceived benefits, including simplicity, lower costs, and better integrated coverage across platforms.

What should I look for in an endpoint monitoring and management solution?

A recent study found that only 47% of compromises are caught by endpoint antivirus software. The game has gotten more complex, and a broader set of countermeasures are now needed. Organizations are using threat intelligence to search for malware and threats that are already inside of their systems, in addition to using next-generation technologies like machine learning, fileless activity detection, EDR, and rollback remediations to keep new threats out. Endpoint security monitoring and management tools must deliver high accuracy in identifying legitimate threats and avoiding false positives and have the ability to contain malicious applications at the first encounter.

There are typically three core components of endpoint monitoring and management tools: attack prevention, detection, and remediation. Historically, best-of-breed solutions for each of these reigned supreme, but organizations are moving to integrated endpoint security suite solutions that can manage all three of these key functions.

Prevention

  • Malware execution blocking
  • System hardening
  • Application control

Detection

  • Behavioral monitoring
  • Context building/intelligence integration

Remediation

  • Attack containment
  • Configuration management
  • Vulnerability remediation

McAfee offers a comprehensive approach to enterprise security management

The architecture of McAfee Endpoint Security and its integrated components are designed to help you successfully manage and protect your environment, no matter how large or small.

When an attack occurs, McAfee software responds with the components and processes to block the attack, notify you when the attack occurs, and record the incident. The steps include:

  1. Malware attacks a computer in your McAfee-managed network.
  2. McAfee Endpoint Security cleans or deletes the malware file.
  3. McAfee Agent notifies McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (McAfee ePO) of the attack.
  4. McAfee ePO stores the attack information.
  5. McAfee ePO displays the notification of the attack on the Number of Threat Events dashboard and saves the history of the attack in the Threat Event Log.

With our consolidated security management platform, you can gain global, contextual visibility into changing events through a cross-product command and control core. Intelligently connect dynamic context from global threat intelligence, enterprise risk, and system security posture in real time to instantly block damaging attacks and gain the ability to adjust your security posture as risks change.

Because we firmly believe security is a team sport, McAfee Endpoint Security is just one component of our open integration fabric that helps organizations detect, protect, and correct across the continuum—from device to cloud.

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