What are Threat Detection Response Solutions – do they help to improve IT security?
If cyber security is your concern or you are looking for ways to get more proactive with your company’s constant security threats, this guide will help you understand why Threat Detection and Response solution is the answer to the ever-evolving world of cyberattacks.
- Threat Detection and Response (TDR) solutions offer a global, real-time view of the security status of business endpoints.
- They are integrated as an additional layer to endpoint protection solutions.
- If in any case, the company does not have its own IT department or its infrastructure, the 24/7 support of the TDR solution can be extended to the deployment and migration of these tools.
Big and small companies have also had their share of cyber threats over the past couple of years and these companies have been the main targets of cybercriminals, to the extent that more sophisticated solutions are needed to protect infrastructures and improve efficiency in the management of all threats.
These solutions come under the umbrella of TDR or Threat Detection and Response. These solutions act as a HUB that connects all the computers in the company to analyze threats and offer protection policies from a single control panel.
Threat endpoints are the computers used by all the company’s personnel to carry out their daily work. Each of these computers has an advanced protection system responsible for protecting the company’s security in its daily operations.
Operations such as when staffs of the company are browsing, when receiving mails, when downloading files, etc.
Endpoint protection solutions are the first line of defense against all types of ransomware, malware, or credential theft attacks to which companies are constantly exposed.
What are TDR (endpoint) solutions, and what are they for?
TDR solutions are resources for comprehensively combating all threats to corporate IT security.
TDR solutions act in several areas of IT security, for example,
- they make early warning systems more efficient,
- improving the ability to respond to attacks – thanks to the centralized management of all corporate computers, and sharing information about what is happening on each endpoint.
For example, if one of the computers suffers an attempted installation of some type of malware from an attachment, that file will be blocked for the rest of the corporate computers so as to prevent the threat from spreading.
In short, TDR solutions provide a more global snapshot of business security, allowing you to detect vulnerabilities that may go unnoticed when they occur on a single computer, but can become a serious threat when replicated to other computers and viewed from a global point of view.
TDR solutions are implemented as an additional layer to the endpoint security systems already installed on corporate computers, mail servers, etc.
How a threat detection and response (TDR) solution works
To say that a security solution improves threat detection and speeds up the application of solutions is almost unbelievable.
Ransomware continues to be a threat in the US, and they are causing lots of havoc to companies.
Each threat performs a different task within the TDR scope. For example, a threat Defense solution is more oriented to detecting potential threats that have not yet been registered and, therefore, there is no specific tool to fight them. These are known as Zero Days.
When threat defense is active, it monitors the activity of the endpoints where it screens files and classifies them as safe, dangerous, or unknown. The system does not hesitate to act on files classified as safe or dangerous and directly blocks or admits them according to their condition.
But what about those marked as “unknown”?
When it detects suspicious files on one of the company’s endpoints, such as a suspicious attachment, it automatically sends it to the cloud, where an artificial intelligence isolates it in an emulated test environment. It executes it by mimicking a user’s behavior (execute, accept permissions, etc.). At the same time, a machine learning system observes and learns from the behavior of the threat.
After this observation, it is determined whether the file is safe or potentially dangerous, and measures are taken to block it on all company computers. Thus, when the security solution installed on any endpoints detects the file again, it will block it directly, preventing it from being executed.
In other words, a file that has been detected on a single computer is served to alert the rest of the company’s computers, preventing the threat from affecting any other computer in the company.
Security in the cloud
The absence of a file serving as an attack vector complicates identifying a threat that remains latent. Many solutions make it possible to analyze large amounts of data received from the company’s endpoints. This is done by focusing on small changes in the registry, monitoring processes to analyze all related data, and at the slightest sign of an anomaly, react as an early warning system against threats that have not yet manifested themselves.
This system could, for example, alert the spread of ransomware that, stealthily remain undetectable, and likely to infiltrate to the heart of a corporate network, and securing access even to backup systems.
An advanced TDR solution would not know at first that it is a ransomware attack. Still, the bizarre behavior of this latent threat would have already activated all the early warning systems, preventing its advancement and neutralizing its execution at the right time.
Security within reach of all companies
One of the main problems companies face when deploying a comprehensive endpoint protection system is the lack of personnel specialized in cyber security solutions, its deployment, and the analysis of the data it provides.
For this reason, there is no one better than professionals specialized and certified in the use of these tools to deploy, migrate and configure TDR solutions in companies. Offering a new complete support service in which they are not limited to assisting the internal IT department but, in its absence, can even perform the entire deployment and commissioning of the tool.
In addition, Threat Detection and Response solutions can be monitored from the technical support department itself, alerting customers 24/7.
This is a great advantage for small and medium-sized companies to access the best IT security tools for their networks even without sufficient infrastructure or their own IT department.