Threats and Next Generation Solutions In Endpoint Security

Posted on November 24, 2017

End point security has become the main workhorse when it comes to total security for corporate IT solutions.  With corporate governance reaching beyond international barriers, the threat perception needs to be looked from a different angle. Previously, there was the concept of centralized security solutions for the organizational network. However, with companies shifting policies, which encourages using employees own devices from a remote location, the endpoints automatically become the vital contact points for malware and ransomware attacks. It inevitably becomes important for the management of device methods, which will create a security shield, extended over all the endpoint devices, like the laptops, desktops, tablets etc. There are new levels of threat, detected periodically, which can potentially stall your organization’s network.

Customers, today requires a solution, which can deliver both on-premise and off-premise, security solution.  It needs to shield the network from both known and new malicious attacks. This calls for an approach, which is unlike the orthodox signature-based approach, which was a proponent of “Patient Zero” theory. Patient Zero was considered to be a rare instance, when an organizational device has been affected for the first time and the solution was to develop a signature based on the threat detected. This practice has been outdated because more and more devices are being operated remotely, which makes every device a potential entry point for the virus.  This signature-less approach provides continuous protection and in compliance with the regulatory requirements.

End point security solutions, installed in the devices are programmed to scan the macros embedded in the Microsoft office files. This is a most common gateway for the threats, other than executable email applications. Due to the varied nature of threats, there has to be a multi-method approach to blocks malware.  There are basically three main techniques of threat prevention and detection; they are machine learning, intelligent threat cloud protection module, and generic exploit mitigation. Now, these technologies need to be perfectly blended with the traditional techniques to give an impenetrable security umbrella, for the corporate network. Some of the traditional technologies, which are used in conjunction with the new ones, are behavioral analysis of threat, firewall, USB device protection, and anti-malware applications.

Now, a conglomerate of the above methods needs to be simple and user-friendly, with a cloud-based security management. This cloud-based security management approach makes the threat intelligence and machine learning functionality, accessible from any part of the virtual network. This facilitates for periodic automatic up gradation of the security software of the end points. The entire security ecosystem is changed by the onslaught of machine learning technology. In this method, the end point machines are programmed to detect and analyze and filter threats. Building on the past case scenarios, machines can also detect new threats, which was never possible traditionally.  Machine learning is based on the philosophy of “Zero Threat Day”. According to the same, there shall be no instances of the security breach due to any new or old malware or ransomware.

The intelligent cloud threat detection service is basically for Windows users, where the cloud stores all the necessary information about the latest threats. The cloud-enabled system, takes the load of the main server and gives access to all the remote users. The scans are carried out automatically and periodically, with reduced scan time and zero disruptions. There are cloud lookups, which are used extensively to reduce memory load. The technology also protects portal files like the Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc; with live updates. The non-portal files are also scanned and protected, as per the set security sensitivity level. Generic exploitation mitigation has been designed to block Java applications, which are designed to disrupt Windows security systems. Some of the applications do turn off the Windows security manager, thus posing a serious threat to the entire system.  Many times, the attacker tries to plant the virus, to a predetermined memory location. Generic Exploitation method reserves the common hiding places and keeps a close watch. However, to activate generic exploits, one has to activate intrusion prevision signatures. The generic application does have a policy, which mentions the application coverage. Live update functionality is there to upgrade the application console.

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