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Bitdefender advances endpoint security solution for SecOps teams

Bitdefender has added security-risk analytics and hardening to its GravityZone endpoint security solution in order to enhance prevention and endpoint detection and response (EDR).

According to Bitdefender, this is the industry’s first single-agent, single-console endpoint protection solution to combine risk analytics with advanced EDR.

A statement from the company says that the latest additions to GravityZone are designed to help businesses reduce the endpoint attack surface and proactively safeguard systems from breach by continuously discovering, prioritising and remediating risks from endpoint software misconfigurations.

Enterprise Strategy Group senior analyst endpoint security Dave Gruber, says, “The diversity and complexity of today's heterogeneous endpoint environment too often results in misconfigurations that disrupt service and expose vulnerabilities, ultimately leading to compromise.”

“The addition of endpoint risk management incorporates a critically important capability to the endpoint protection platform, enabling IT and security teams to further reduce the attack surface through continuous, proactive monitoring and management of endpoint configuration,” Gruber says.

According to Bitdefender, the majority of today's threats target well-known endpoint application and configuration vulnerabilities.

For example, the WannaCry Ransomware took advantage of risky configurations and could have been mitigated with simple configuration policy changes, the company says.

Endpoint risk analytics is specifically designed to let SecOps teams improve security and safeguard endpoints from attacks by identifying common sources of infections and breaches.

Bitdefender says SecOps teams are spread thin due to a constant stream of reactive, repetitive tasks such as vulnerability management, incident triage and patching. Endpoint risk analytics lets SecOps teams spend their time more strategically on risk profiling and proactive risk mitigation of endpoint assets.

Bitdefender SVP for enterprise solutions Harish Agastya says, “Stopping today's highly sophisticated threats requires a strategic, balanced approach to endpoint security.”

“Rather than rely on a pure prevention or pure detection/response model, the most secure organisations will weave in strong prevention and speedy detection/response with integrated risk analytics to proactively harden systems and reduce the attack surface and to mitigate potential attacks in the future,'' he says.

Agastya says, “Our three-pronged approach, incorporating proven high-efficacy prevention, low overhead EDR, proactive risk analytics and hardening, is an industry first and an important part of our Integrated Breach Avoidance strategy.”

Bitdefender GravityZone delivers an endpoint defense IT security teams. It provides an endpoint prevention stack, with more than 30 layers, and a large threat intelligence footprint powered by more than 500 million sensors worldwide.=It also includes an EDR layer in the same single-agent, single-console solution. Organisations can triage alerts with a single click, reducing alert fatigue and dwell time, the company says.