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Comparing Techniques for Endpoint Protection

Published: 18 September 2019


Endpoint protection products use multiple techniques. Security and risk management technical professionals must understand these techniques to balance efficacy against user impact and IT overhead.

Included in Full Research

  • Techniques in Scope
  • A Comparison of Malware Protection Techniques for Client Endpoints
  • Assessment Criteria Used in This Comparison
  • Assessment Scope
  • The Role of Endpoint Security Techniques in Malware Disruption
  • The Importance of Malware Protection on the Endpoint
    • The Endpoint Is the Focus, but the Network Remains an Important Ally
  • Malware Protection Requires an Understanding of Malware Tactics
    • Different Attacks Require Different Defense Techniques
    • Advanced Attacks and Zero-Day Exploits
    • Effective Blocking of Exploit-Based Malware
    • Handling Suspicious Files and Execution
  • Malware Protection in Modern Operating Systems
    • Basic Endpoint Security Hygiene
  • Common Client Endpoint Security Techniques
    • Application Exploit Protection
    • Signatures and Heuristics
    • Machine Learning for Static File Analysis
    • Application Control and Whitelisting
    • Application Containment on the Endpoint
    • Behavioral Analysis: From Behavioral Signatures to End-to-End Behavioral Analysis
    • Endpoint Detection and Response
  • Ensure Basic Hygiene and Make the Most of Current Controls First
  • Categorize Your Endpoints
  • Choose Endpoint Solutions Based on Efficacy and Impact on Users and Operations
  • Select and Test for Interoperability
  • Prefer Endpoint Security Suites Over Stacking Agents That Implement Individual Techniques
  • Plan for Monitoring, Analysis and Remediation Capacity, Expertise and Tools
  • A New Zero Day in a Client Application
  • A New Kernel Zero Day
  • A User Installing a Malicious Program
  • A Living-Off-the-Land Attack


Mario de Boer

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