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Importance of Endpoint Telemetry

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With the rising number of data breach cases, it is important to have a clear visibility of all endpoints in the network. If an organization doesn’t take care of their vulnerable endpoints, cybercriminals may take advantage of the former’s security loopholes. This means more chances for attackers to execute their plan successfully. Organizations need access to EDR software with endpoint telemetry to observe the conditions of all their endpoints as well as the activities happening on them. Having a centralized endpoint management platform enables your company to be more informed and prepared about the potential issues that may occur.

The Role of Telemetry in Endpoint Detection and Response

EDR security solutions examine events from different devices including laptops, desktop PCs, smartphones, servers, IoT, and the cloud. This enables them to sift through and check for any suspicious activities.EDR creates alerts to assist security operations analysts in uncovering, investigating, and remediating issues. They also collect telemetry data on malicious activity and compare it with other significant information from other linked events. These functions help EDR reduce incident response times and remove threats before it wreaks havoc to your system. Endpoint telemetry collected by EDR platforms is a big help in trimming down the time it needs to identify and remediate security issues. Here are some of the reasons why this is essential in cybersecurity:
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1. It provides more visibility in blind spots

The proliferation of internet usage results in the increase in attacks against endpoint devices. That said, users need to have more visibility on their devices to combat phishing campaigns, drive-by downloads, and the abuse of VPN and RDP services The collection and analysis of network-based data is critical for threat detection. However, without endpoint telemetry, the visibility across the IT environment will be impacted. This makes it unable to detect some types of malicious behaviors. With digitization happening around the globe, including the mass adoption of cloud and remote work, the risk of blind spots continues to worsen. This pushes down the network perimeter and widens the environment one has to monitor. Without the presence of endpoint telemetry, security teams will not be able to have a comprehensive view of the key assets that have been compromised. Breaches could pose a real danger once the attacker has already got a grip on your data.

2. Supports the instant detection of adversary behaviors

The techniques of adversaries for evading detection are constantly evolving. With the help of endpoint telemetry, security teams improve their threat detection coverage or the opponents’ range that they are able to monitor. It also helps identify malicious activities earlier than usual. Two of the strategies that launch fileless malware attacks include powershell abuse and process injection. Both of these can be detected using endpoint telemetry. Fileless malware was highlighted in 2020 as the most critical threat to endpoints, putting companies in imminent danger. Reducing the dwell time of attackers is vital given the serious damage that attackers can do in a short span of time.

3. Allows you to understand the situation better

Network-based detections are not always able to make quick, conclusive decisions in isolation due to lack of necessary data. This is why security teams often struggle to determine whether an organization is truly under attack, and why alert fatigue remains such a major issue. Analysts are required to evaluate multiple contrasting alerts given that they do not have the appropriate situational awareness to know whether the incidents are correlated. With supplementary telemetry data, security teams are able to determine whether the activity is malicious or benign. They will also be able to carry out forensic investigations to understand the entirety of the attacks and provide proper response with the help of supplementary data from endpoints.

4. Distinguish unknown threats

Considering the speed of attacker innovation, threat detection should not only focus on known vulnerabilities. It is also crucial to identify unknown attackers using new tactics and procedures to minimize risks. Proactive detection of emerging threats needs a good amount of current and historical data to produce results. Telemetry from endpoints can help hunt threats in this case. It provides hunters the necessary data to study about current threat behaviors and put in place detection rules to identify new ones.

Final Thoughts

Endpoint telemetry lets you capture every piece of information available to have a clear understanding of malicious activities and threat patterns. It is important to respond swiftly once threats are discovered.

To protect endpoints and handle security incidents effectively, choose the Comodo SoCaaP platform. It extends your security visibility through its network telemetry. Contact us now to know more about our security products.


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