The latest advances in endpoint security are crucial for today’s networked world. New malware strains are growing at an exponential rate, with new vulnerabilities being discovered daily. This has led to a need for an updated approach to endpoint security that will combat the next generation of cyber-criminals.
Advanced endpoint security technologies are the future of cybersecurity. But which endpoint security approaches and technologies are going to make the biggest impact in 2022, in the daily fight against cyber-attacks?
In this article, we'll give some key insights into the latest and most advanced endpoint security technologies, which you can implement today to protect your organization.
Advanced endpoint technologies to implement in 2022
- Self-healing endpoints Self-healing endpoint security, while not entirely new, has improved leaps and bounds recently. This is thanks to advances in adaptive intelligence, which can now be used to continually monitor for damaged endpoints, and take appropriate security measures to prevent further damage.
- AI-based bot detection Behavioral analytics and artificial intelligence have advanced enough to provide a stable foundation for bot detection. In many attack scenarios, it's not a single device that is being used to probe attack surfaces, but a small army of compromised devices.
- Unified Endpoint Management Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) proves its value by allowing IT to take advantage of all the benefits of endpoint security, without the complexity of multiple products and services.
Self-healing endpoints are not a final solution, however - for example, many do not have the capability to stop breach attempts in-progress, and that's why self-healing endpoints need to be combined with other security measures below.
To know if an endpoint security platform combines the most recommended approaches by security experts, the Gartner Magic Quadrant Endpoint Protection report is a good place to start.
Gartner evaluates endpoint security services for the effectiveness of their product features, so a platform recommended by Gartner's Magic Quadrant report will be capable of performing the most recommended practices.
This is why behavioral analytics are crucial for advanced endpoint security. AI is able to detect anomalous behavior based on past experience, and identify the specific type of behavior that indicates an attack.
This comes as CISOs need a way to consolidate and secure all the endpoint devices and software that employees use on a daily basis, without overburdening their tech stack budgets, which can be put towards newer, more advanced technologies.
UEM solutions are able to integrate endpoint security with the other security tools that a CISO already has at their disposal, like endpoint detection and response, zero sign-on, and continuous security updates for critical software.
Remember - strong endpoint security starts with strong protocolsAdvanced technologies will help your endpoint security in 2022, but your basic security policies need to be put in place before you can use those technologies effectively. No matter how sophisticated your security software is, you need to start with the most basic elements first.
The most recommended approach by security experts is the Zero Trust Model of privileges. In the Zero Trust approach, all users and devices are authenticated on a continual basis, even if they've already been authenticated in the past.
Zero Trust is a great approach because it doesn’t rely on expensive software - it’s a security model that can be implemented to protect not only large enterprises, but defend startups from security threats as well.
The basic idea behind this approach is that devices can become compromised at any time - before, during, or after company network usage. For a rudimentary example, imagine a malware-free device is authenticated to access the network, but during the course of the day, becomes infected and taken control of by an attacker.
The device under attacker control is already authenticated on the network, and can now freely access privileged data. Under a Zero Trust model, however, devices are asked for authentication routinely - for example, for each system app opened - which drastically limits the ability of an attacker to access any sensitive data.