Cyberthreats are on the rise. In order to keep our clients’ data safe, we’re constantly monitoring the threat landscape and evaluating our security standards to be sure that we’re keeping our clients’ data safe. When we saw several substantial back-to-back vulnerabilities earlier this summer, we put our heads together and immediately rolled out managed endpoint detection to all of our fully-managed clients as an additional layer of protection against active threats.

Managed detection can be an extremely powerful tool in stopping the wrong people from getting their hands on your data. To explain just how endpoint detection and response work, we sat down with Ryan Cutler of Huntress Labs. Here’s what we learned:

Here’s How Managed Endpoint Detection and Response Actually Works  

Endpoint detection and response (also called EDR) partners, such as Huntress, help those charged with IT security locate and respond to threats that might be lurking inside of their network. Huntress uses both automation and real-life humans to detect suspicious activity and put it to bed.

When a Huntress finds something that doesn’t look quite right, they put human eyes on it right away. If their threat analyst determines the threat is legitimate, they alert us and we work together so we can get rid of them immediately.

How It’s Different from Other Security Tools  

Although a strong security strategy with lots of preventative layers of protection is very effective in preventing most breaches, it can still happen. And right there is where managed endpoint detection comes in.

While other tools work to stop threats before they happen, endpoint detection services work to find and identify any threats that manage slither past those preventative layers so that we can stop them in their tracks. Think of it this way: preventative layers like your firewall and multi-factor authentication (MFA) are like the locks on the doors that stop the bad actors from getting in. EDR’s, like Huntress, act as the alarm system that alerts you if someone does break and enter, so you can find them and track them down before they make away with any valuables (in this case, permissions, or data).

Huntress works together with other preventative tools to make sure that in the event of a breach, we’ll know right away so we can find the bad guys and throw them out ASAP.

Is Huntress Right For You? 

Especially these days, businesses (particularly small businesses) have enough to keep them busy. Every day brings a new set of circumstances, and business leaders everywhere are adapting and evolving on the fly in order to keep their people safe, meanwhile, continuing to serve their clients in the best way possible. Meanwhile, much of the world continues to operate remotely, with their employees working outside of the protection of their corporate firewalls.

Unfortunately, cybercriminals know this, too. Today’s work environment creates unprecedented opportunity for a breach. If you work with sensitive data – and especially if you belong to a high compliance industry – exploring managed detection is an excellent way to make sure that even if some the threats come knocking, your data is still secured.

While the cyberthreats are out there, the solutions to keep you safe are, too. And, if you need any help navigating a tricky security landscape, remember, we’re just a phone call away.