Agents can be installed and executed without network connectivity – enabling quick deployment, scalability and reduced provisioning costs. Furthermore, agents provide in-depth scanning capabilities as well as actionable telemetry via configurable jobs for increased telemetry capture.
Ephemeral assets pose a unique set of challenges in modern environments, but an ideal agent can assess them without needing credentials as this makes detecting threats easier and lowering disruption risks more straightforward.
WHY DO YOU NEED AN ENDPOINT AGENT IN YOUR CYBERSECURITY STRATEGY?
Cyber criminals continue to find new methods of breaching business systems and stealing sensitive data, using increasingly sophisticated attack methods – from using advanced malware to accessing corporate networks, remote servers, hybrid cloud workloads or IoT devices – they’re finding more and more ways to attack business systems and steal sensitive information.
Due to this, it’s vitally important that all potential points of vulnerability and exposure be monitored – this is where endpoint agents come into play.
Endpoint agents are small software programs installed on endpoint devices to monitor them for threats and vulnerabilities, providing crucial intelligence about that device to a central management system (such as EDR servers) for analysis.
This process ensures a company’s security framework is continually assessing its level of risk – an essential practice considering attackers are always searching for vulnerabilities they can exploit to gain entry to networks.
Acquiring full visibility into an organization’s endpoint security posture is paramount to protecting against breaches caused by malware, viruses, and other cyber threats. Unfortunately, traditional endpoint protection solutions often leave blind spots by only protecting devices where they’re installed – this may slow response times and expose it to security risks.
Endpoint monitoring allows you to see whether the device is operating as expected. It can help identify and isolate issues that could disrupt other applications or services. Furthermore, endpoint monitoring provides visibility into who has accessed an endpoint and with what level of permission.
An endpoint agent runs on any device and conducts health checks without disrupting users or negatively affecting application performance. Due to its small footprint compared with other vulnerability assessment tools, an endpoint agent is ideal for quickly and accurately monitoring multiple temporary assets – like mobile phones – faster and more accurately than other vulnerability assessment solutions. Furthermore, cloud-based apps (web and middle tier) can also be tested without needing additional infrastructure support.
Endpoints, from servers to laptops and smartphones, are vital elements in your network. With proper protection in place, they serve as invaluable tools to detect and address potential threats or vulnerabilities that could threaten the viability of your business.
With assets coming and going, assessing risk across remote devices is often challenging. An endpoint agent can keep an eye on remote devices to make vulnerability assessments simpler for your cybersecurity team.
Traditional antivirus software works by comparing files’ codes against those known to contain viruses. Unfortunately, malware constantly evolves; hackers modify its code until it no longer matches a previously recognized file and thus traditional antivirus solutions miss a large percentage of viruses.
Endpoint agents provide continuous monitoring to detect threats on systems and notify your security team instantly – helping to avert security incidents before they arise.