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Assessing the Business Value of Endpoint Specialized Threat Analysis and Protection Solutions

White Paper Published By: Cisco
Cisco
Published:  Dec 19, 2016
Type:  White Paper
Length:  7 pages

Criminal groups behind today's cyberattacks have become better organized, introducing reconnaissance activity, custom malware, evasion techniques, and other sophisticated tactics that place a burden on traditional security defenses. The litany of high-profile data breaches is impacting every industry and prompting organizations of all sizes to respond by modernizing their IT security infrastructure. The battlefield continues to be at the endpoint, where attackers typically strike to gain initial access to the corporate network. Most organizations have been waging this battle using traditional antivirus at the endpoint, a solution that has received a lot of improvements over its more than 25 years of existence but clearly isn't keeping up with attacker sophistication. Emerging endpoint specialized threat analysis and protection (STAP) products can either replace or complement antivirus by adding behavioral analysis and continuous system and user activity monitoring to identify new and sophisticated malware designed to evade long-established security controls. Modern endpoint STAP products have become an essential part of enterprise risk mitigation strategies. They provide the visibility necessary to support rapid incident response and the ability for security teams to determine the scope of an attack and contain it before a breach takes place.



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