Endpoint Security Level 3 (Defined)
Let’s talk a little bit about a high level overview of Endpoint Security.
Again, the repeatable state of endpoint management is where you are “in early in tool adoption, but many features are not yet implemented. You need some standardization around processes to really further enable the benefits of the tool set. ”
Inefficiency, over-complexity, and poor security may still be a problem with Level Two Endpoint Security. In order to improve in these areas, some solutions regarding endpoint management maturity are:
- Threat and vulnerability management
- Reducing attack surfaces
- Next generation protection
- Endpoint detection and response
- Automated investigation remediation
These are things that you’ve probably heard of that are kind of buzzing around in our space and have been for quite some time time. But this is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Endpoint Security. There’s a whole security architecture specifically from Microsoft around endpoints and cloud data these days that can help you improve in this area.
However, for the purposes of this particular video, we’re just going to cover a high-level of a few possible solutions.
Threat and venerability management is the ability to discover vulnerabilities and prioritize those risks based on your environment. This is an important step.
Here’s a screenshot of a more mature environment when it’s looking at Windows Defender for endpoints. This level enables ability to see what devices and software have vulnerability. Having these tabs together allows for your team to make decisions quickly.
It’s really just adding some intelligence around that threat and vulnerability management. That versus wait for a scan to happen, waiting for the inventory to come back from that scan, and then taking action on only who is missing that patch once they’ve realized they’ve missed that patch. It’s a very different approach.
Next, hardening the potential risks that are based on an organization includes, for example:
- Hardware based isolation thorough containerization
- Preventing unapproved applications through application control
- Using controlled folder access provide additional layers of security that allow only specific apps to allow specific data
Each of these tasks take a whole lot of tool sets and processes to implement, however, which is why these processes require a Level Three to actualize.
Ultimately the end goal is to reduce the overall attack surface or potential impact to the organization by leveraging your tools you installed at Level 2 Endpoint Security.
Finally, next generation protection. Some actionable strategies in this area are:
- Behavior based antivirus
- Cloud delivered protection
- Block at first-sight protection
- Potentially unwanted applications protection
What this all really boils down to who is not just using definite file-based definition threats. We’re able to account for things like memory-based threats, events, applications, processes and network connections. Blocking things out of the gate that you haven’t even defined yet (e.g. malware) that are browser-based.
You ultimately do this using something like the Potentially Unwanted Application Protection that you get through Chromium or Microsoft Edge.
These are all just examples. Ultimately, your ability to step up the Endpoint Security game by starting to more-effectively use your tools gets you to Level Three Endpoint Security.
Steps To Level 3 Endpoint Security
There’s a whole lot of different terminologies that were referenced in this post. Of the five steps that we mentioned here we only covered three of them in a very high level overview today. The point of this post is not to explain them all or to give you a deep dive into the concepts.
If you’re really interested in improving your Endpoint Security in a deeper way, I would suggest doing the following:
- Ensure that you have a well defined security strategy for your endpoints and cloud data
- Check that you have tools that are capable of executing those kinds of features
- Identify where you’re at currently and what gaps you have in your security
- Prioritize gaps with a list of remediation actions that you could execute
What this will do for your is determine your move-forward strategy for Endpoint Security.
The Maturity Model Assessment
This video serves as a maturity model overview for a more detailed offering that we offer. As part of our Maturity Model Assessment, our engineers will assess your Management Infrastructure, Configuration Management, Updates and Servicing, Application Management, and Endpoint Security through the lens of our maturity model.
From this assessment, we’ll create a findings and recommendations report that can help drive your organization forward in the endpoint management game. Essentially, if you want an assessment of where you are done but don’t have the time to do it for yourself, we’ll be happy to do the legwork for you.
Practically the assessment consists of two 90 minute sessions and some discovery paperwork. Once we complete your assessment, you get a findings and recommendations report that’s a prioritized strategy for your organization.
The assessment will help you get your organization to the Endpoint Security (and other categories) level which you need to be.
We’d love the opportunity to make your life easier (and more secure!) through one of these assessments. You can learn more about the offering by clicking here.
Until next time, thanks from the entire team here at Model Technology Solutions! Keep fighting the good fight. We’re in your corner.