From humble beginnings of protecting traditional PCs, endpoint security has evolved to protect complex systems in large organizations, safeguarding diverse environments including business-issued hardware, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs, and more. The latest TAG Cyber Security Annual report spots the trends in endpoint security and how they relate to cybersecurity in general.
Cybersecurity used to be all about securing the endpoint for businesses and private customers. Exponential technological development has since prompted security companies, like Bitdefender, to develop new techniques and business approaches that could satisfy the needs of ever-bigger organizations.
Once people started to connect their laptops and mobile devices inside the enterprise LAN, companies shifted their focus to security. Simple endpoint platforms (EPP) were no longer enough, so security providers added new layers. An intermediary step was an advanced, analytics-based security agent designed to either complement or eventually subsume the existing baseline tool. Next came a complete management system covering installation, update, support, and the like, also known as endpoint detection and response (EDR).
“Today, there is demand for both, which has caused the EPP and EDR markets to converge. Every EPP vendor now has an EDR offering, and every EDR vendor has an EPP capability,” Dan Wolff, Bitdefender’s Director of Product Marketing, Endpoint Security, told the Tag Cyber Security Annual report.
“The difference with Bitdefender is our highly effective endpoint protection, which makes EDR work much better, with less burden for understaffed and inexperienced security teams. We call this low-overhead EDR,” Wolff added.
The researchers who put together the 2020 TAG Cyber Security Annual report underlined key trends in endpoint security, which now includes Mac OS, servers, mobile devices, IoT, and more. It’s now clear, for example, that the future of endpoint security will leverage AI and machine learning to reduce the attack surface by identifying new threats based ON past experiences.
The 2020 TAG Cyber Security Annual covers 50 different cyber controls for enterprise, governance, network, data endpoints and industries. For a comprehensive look at all of these aspects, check out the full report.