With AI-based endpoint security solutions, it’s possible to prevent 99% of malware before it executes. 

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Let’s face it…threats against your business are on the rise and your board has zero tolerance for security issues.

You need to optimize your security strategy with artificial intelligence. This article will explain how AI can help enhance your endpoint security solutions.

Artificial Intelligence (AI): Enterprise Security Solutions

Machine learning is a sub-discipline of artificial intelligence which focuses on teaching machines to learn by applying algorithms to data. The terms AI and ML are often interchanged. (Source)

Machine learning is already raising the bar for attackers. It’s getting more and more difficult to penetrate systems today that it was a few years ago. In response, attackers are likely to adopt ML techniques in order to find new ways to get through to your systems. In turn, security teams will need to utilize ML defensively to protect network and information assets as well as to enhance enterprise security solutions.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) leverages the power of machines to dissect malware’s DNA. AI then determines if the code is safe to run.

Using AI

Legacy antivirus technology based on signatures is outdated. Todays’ enterprise security solutions do not require any previous knowledge about a malicious binary file in order to identify its intention.

Only an artificial intelligence approach can predict, identify and prevent both known and unknown cyber-threats from executing or causing harm to endpoints. On average and in hundreds of tests, by using enterprise security solutions with AI, you can stop 99% of threats.

By using AI-based technology, you can proactively prevent the execution of advanced persistent threats and malware, enabling a level of security that far exceeds the effectiveness of solutions deployed throughout enterprises, government, and institutions worldwide.

Unlike reactionary signature, heuristics, behavior monitoring, and sandboxing, which require an Internet connection and constant updates, enterprise security solutions built on artificial intelligence can analyze a file’s characteristics and predict whether it is safe or a threat prior to the file executing on the local host.

AI in Action

Simplifying your endpoint security solutions while maintaining a secure environment can make your security team’s work easier, and their efforts far more efficient. By incorporating an AI-based technology to your endpoint security protection, you can consolidate and distill the security tools your team uses down to a manageable set, in turn reducing redundancies, eliminating high infrastructure expenses, and improving your team’s ability to more proactively secure your endpoints.

Here are several examples of AI-based enterprise security solutions in action:

Malicious Executables

The best way to protect your endpoints from attackers is to identify and stop the attack before it ever starts. By using enterprise endpoint security solutions, you can use field-proven AI to inspect any application attempting to execute on an endpoint before it executes. Within milliseconds, the machine learning model running on the endpoint determines if the executable is malicious or safe. If malicious, the executable is blocked from running, thwarting the attacker’s attempt to compromise the endpoint.

Unauthorized Scripts

Scripts are quickly becoming the tool of choice for many attackers for several reasons. First, for novice attackers, malicious scripts are readily available in the cybercrime underworld, which makes it easy to find one that meets the attacker’s needs. Additionally, scripts are often difficult for some security products to detect, as there are many non-threat uses for scripts. With AI-based endpoint security solutions, you get built-in script protection, meaning you maintain full control of when and where scripts are run in your environment, reducing the chances that an attacker can use this attack vector to cause harm to your business.

Fileless Malware

Memory-based attacks are on the rise as attackers realize the ease with which memory can be exploited to achieve their goals. Many security products have no ability to prevent these types of attacks, but with AI-based endpoint security solutions, memory protection is included. When an attacker attempts to escalate privileges, undertake process injection, or make use of an endpoint’s memory inappropriately by other means, your solution will identify and prevent it immediately.

Malicious Email Attachments

Phishing attacks are still one of the most effective ways attackers gain access to an endpoint and your business. Employees unwittingly open malicious attachments, thinking they are legitimate and enable attackers to undertake any number of malevolent actions. With AI-based endpoint security solutions, weaponized attachments are identified and blocked automatically. If a document, for example, includes a VBA macro deemed to be risky, it will be blocked from executing. This protection adds an additional layer of security, protecting employees from becoming the victim of an attacker and introducing a compromise to your environment.

Devise Usage Enforcement

USB devices are littered across your business. Most of these devices are useful tools, enabling employees to share files with others quickly and efficiently. However, these devices can cause significant damage to your environment if they are loaded with malicious malware or are used to transfer sensitive data outside of your business. To combat this attack vector, AI-based endpoint security solutions have built-in device usage policy enforcement. This capability allows you to control which devices can be used in your environment. This ultimate control means that you can limit the chance that a USB device enables an attacker to successfully execute an attack or exfiltrate data.

Endpoint Security Solutions: Rule-Based

There are several ways to identify potential threats and compromises. First, security analysts can perform searches across endpoints to identify suspicious artifacts, and through manual investigation, determine that a threat exists. While there is tremendous value in this process, it simply does not scale across an enterprise. To root out threats hidden on endpoints, you must use an automated approach to threat detection.

A rule-based engine running on the endpoint and delivered with a set of curated rules will continuously monitor the endpoint looking for suspicious behavior. When detected the solution can take customized response actions in real time with no intervention from the security team.

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No business, no matter what security controls are in place, can guarantee that an attack will never be successful. This means you must be prepared to respond if an attack is detected. By working with AI-based endpoint security solutions imagine this: when an attack is identified, with just a few clicks, you can quarantine files, disabling their ability to be used anywhere in your environment.

If you determine an endpoint is harmful, you can also take an aggressive containment move and lock down the endpoint, disabling its ability to communicate with any other endpoints. Identifying a security concern is important, but having the ability to respond is also critical, and when you work with Cybriant for endpoint detection and response, you now have that option.

You can also configure the solution to automatically respond to detected threats, significantly reducing dwell time and your attack surface. True endpoint security does not derive from prevention or detection. To face the constant and variable attacks presented by the modern threat landscape, organizations must have both capabilities in place and deeply integrated to keep pace with attackers.

Consider Cybriant’s managed endpoint detection and response to simplify your security stack, make your analysts more efficient, and make your business more secure.

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