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Commonly Asked Questions about EDR

Published July 17, 2021

Commonly Asked Questions about EDR

What is an EDR solution?

An endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution detects threats across your environment. It investigates the entire lifecycle of the threat, providing insights into what happened, how it got in, where it has been, what it’s doing now, and how to stop it. By containing the threat at the endpoint, the EDR solution helps eliminate the threat and prevent it from spreading. Your data is only as secure as the endpoint it lives on, which brings us to our next question.

What is considered an endpoint?

Endpoints can range from the more commonly thought of devices such as:

  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Mobile devices
  • Smart watches
  • Printers
  • Servers
  • ATM machines
  • Medical devices

If a device is connected to a network, it is considered an endpoint. With the growing popularity of BYOD (bring your own device) and IoT (Internet of Things), the number of individual devices connected to an organization’s network can quickly reach into the tens (and hundreds) of thousands.

Because they are entry points for threats and malware, endpoints (especially mobile and remote devices) are a favorite target of adversaries. Mobile endpoint devices have become much more than just Android devices and iPhones—think of the latest wearable watches, smart devices, voice-controlled digital assistants, and other IoT-enabled smart devices. We now have network-connected sensors in our cars, airplanes, hospitals, and even on the drills of oil rigs. As the different types of endpoints have evolved and expanded, the security solutions that protect them have also had to adapt.

What is the difference between an endpoint protection platform (EPP) and endpoint detection and response (EDR)?

EDR focuses primarily on advanced threats that are designed to evade front-line defenses and have successfully entered into the environment. An EPP focuses solely on prevention at the perimeter. It is difficult, if not impossible, for an EPP to block 100 percent of threats. So in the ideal case, an endpoint security solution deploys both EPP and EDR capabilities.

Why should I deploy an EDR solution?


Most EPP (or traditional anti-virus) solutions claim to block the majority of threats. But what about the stealthiest threats that they miss? Having an EDR solution allows you to detect, investigate, and remediate modern threats that are advanced and persistent enough to evade traditional perimeter defenses.

How can an EDR solution help me?

More sophisticated threats that evade perimeter defenses can wreak havoc across your network. Ransomware encrypts sensitive data and holds it hostage from the business until the financial ransom is collected. Meanwhile, malicious cryptomining sits stealthily on the network and exhausts your computing resources. An EDR solution can help you find, contain, and remove the threats fast so you can ensure the security of data on endpoints across your environment.

What are the key capabilities of EDR?

  1. Detection
  2. Containment
  3. Investigation
  4. Elimination

How Does Pegasus Utilize an EDR to Identify Threats in Realtime?

Pegasus SNAP-Defense is a Security Operations and Incident Response platform that will not only detect and halt breaches in their earliest stages, but will also automatically generate dynamically updated compliance reports; greatly simplifying the compliance and regulation portion of doing business and allowing you to focus on other areas that need attention. Pegasus SNAP-Defense is a effectively an MDR with EDR and SOC built-in, so we check lots of cybersecurity boxes, keeping your business running with safety and efficiency. SNAP-Defense  is competitively priced and offers significantly more capabilities and value than competing solutions by offering:

  • Multi-Point Threat Detection
  • Realtime Threat Response
  • Risk and Compliance Reporting
    • Summary Report
    • Compliance Report
    • Privileged Activity Report
    • Security Events Report
    • Network Report
  • Privileged User Visibility
  • 365 Defense

You can learn more about SNAP-Defense here, or by contacting us today at 610.444.8256.

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Erik Gudmundson
info@pegtec.com

Erik Gudmundson is an experienced leader in the field of IT service delivery. He is responsible for designing, proposing, implementing, and supporting cloud, on-premise, and hybrid IT solutions in computer-dependent business environments. As a trusted advisor to his clients, he communicates solutions and pitfalls/workarounds effectively.