An endpoint protection platform (EPP) is a solution deployed on endpoint devices to prevent file-based malware attacks, detect malicious activity, and provide the investigation and remediation capabilities needed to respond to dynamic security incidents and alerts.
As technology advances, we have more and more devices that are sophisticated enough to become a point of entrance or vulnerability. As such one of the main challenges facing EPP solutions is the Internet of Things. Next, we have new kinds of malware threats emerging every day, in the number of hundred of thousands. To add to all this, organizations also have to deal with various software from multiple vendors that may have vulnerabilities in them that need patching, which doesn’t always come in time.
Detection capabilities will vary, but advanced solutions will use multiple detection techniques, ranging from static IOCs to behavioral analysis and even deep learning capabilities. Desirable EPP solutions are primarily cloud-managed, allowing the continuous monitoring and collection of activity data, along with the ability to take remote remediation actions, whether the endpoint is on the corporate network or outside of the office. In addition, these solutions are cloud-data-assisted, meaning the endpoint agent does not have to maintain a local database of all known IOCs, but can check a cloud resource to find the latest verdicts on objects that it is unable to classify.
Harnessing the power of machine learning and endpoint detection and response technology, EPP solutions make it easy to quickly find and remediate fileless threats, zero-day threats, ransomware, and other advanced attacks.