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by Framework IT

4 December 2023

The Power of Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) for SMBs' Cybersecurity

In the ever-evolving digital landscape, cybersecurity threats have become a significant concern for businesses, especially small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). This is where Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) comes into play, offering a robust and proactive approach to safeguard your organization's critical data and systems.  

What is Endpoint Detection and Response?   

Endpoint Detection and Response is a cybersecurity technology that continually monitors and responds to potential cyber threats in real time. It operates by collecting data from endpoint devices (like desktops, laptops, and mobile devices) and applying advanced analytics to identify threats. Once a threat is detected, EDR swiftly responds to isolate the affected endpoint and remove the threat.   

 

Why Antivirus & Anti-Malware is No Longer Adequate on Their Own?    

While next-gen antivirus/anti-malware solutions offer basic protection against threats, they often fall short when dealing with advanced persistent threats (APTs) and zero-day attacks. EDR, on the other hand, provides comprehensive protection against these sophisticated threats by leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to detect unusual patterns and behaviors, thereby enhancing threat detection capabilities.  

 

Moreover, EDR systems offer continuous monitoring and response, ensuring that even the stealthiest of threats do not go unnoticed. They also provide detailed forensic data on security incidents, assisting in understanding the pathway and extent of the threat. This helps to inform remediation and better mitigate future threats.

  

Why Should SMBs Choose a Managed Service Provider That Includes EDR?    

In this separate article, we more broadly explore how managed service providers can significantly enhance SMBs cybersecurity. MSPs that include EDR solutions, ideally managed by a Security Operations Center (SOC), provide enhanced protection to SMBs via advanced tools backed by a team of dedicated cybersecurity professionals. This team manages the Endpoint Detection & Response solution, along with other potential advanced security solutions, and monitors your network for threats, providing real-time threat detection and response, offering greater peace of mind so you can focus on strategic business initiatives.   '

 

EDR and Cyber Incident Remediation  

In the unfortunate event of a cyber incident, EDR plays a crucial role in remediation. It provides a complete picture of the threat landscape, identifying the source of the breach, the affected systems, and the actions taken by the threat actor. This information is invaluable in remediating the incident and preventing similar breaches in the future.

 

EDR and Cyber Insurance 

Today, many insurance carriers require businesses to have an EDR solution to underwrite cyber liability coverage. Organizations not leveraging an EDR solution may face obstacles in obtaining coverage or incur higher premiums, reflecting the increased risk to their business. By investing in EDR, SMBs not only boost their cybersecurity posture but also potentially lower their insurance costs. 

 

In conclusion, for SMBs looking to bolster their cybersecurity defenses, investing in a managed services provider that includes EDR managed by a SOC is a smart choice. It provides superior protection against advanced threats, assists in remediation efforts, and can even positively impact cyber insurance premiums. In the world of cybersecurity, EDR is not just an option; it's a necessity.

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