Why Cyber Defense Fails at Enterprise Scale and What You Can Do About It

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Attack Surface SANS Endpoint Security Whitepaper
  • Anti-malware solutions often fail to prevent cyber attacks on end-user applications at an enterprise level.
  • Most endpoint detection platforms are reactive and time-sensitive, so enterprises do more damage control than preventing risk.
  • Isolation and micro-virtualization of endpoints proactively minimizes the attack surface to dramatically reduce breaches and false alerts.

You’ve heard the saying, “the best defense is a good offense.” It’s time to start thinking that way when it comes to enterprise endpoint security. Instead of fighting off bad guys when they come knocking, you need to proactively eliminate the vulnerabilities inherent to internet-facing end user applications.

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Existing cybersecurity isn’t secure.

The ubiquity of malicious attacks on employee desktops, laptops, and mobile devices is a harsh reminder that cyber hacking continues to grow more sophisticated. It’s getting harder for enterprises to keep up, and risk will escalate as more business functions move to the cloud.

The anti-malware industry has tried everything from artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to neural networksyet nothing has solved the problems at enterprise scale. Why?

Common cyber security measures have weaknesses that put your company at risk. In a recent Bromium white paper, The SANS Security Model: Securing the Modern Endpoint, we focused on key concerns:

  • Whitelisting – While it restricts access to allowed programs, whitelisting doesn’t protect the programs themselves or browser activity. Hackers can exploit vulnerabilities in anything connected online.
  • Endpoint detection platforms – With a time-sensitive, reactive solution, you usually only know about attacks after the fact. That means damage control and trying to prevent other assets getting infected (or worse, held for ransom). These detection tools are also at risk of being disabled by the intruders they’re trying to stop. And endpoint detection flags a high rate of false positives (that are costly to pursue), so it can lead to a “cry wolf” syndrome where your company ignores something that could become catastrophic.
  • Robust layered defenses – Though powerful, security layers at the cloud, network, and endpoint levels are only effective in this case when the “full stack” is accessible to the device or application being protected. Too often, however, security solutions provide little or no defense for roaming laptops or remote workers outside the corporate firewall.

To prevent risk, isolate the problem.

Even if your best cybersecurity measures give you 99% threat detection, that 1% could dramatically impact your operations, your customers, and your brand reputation. It’s time to shift your security and risk management strategies to isolate potential risks before they become problems.

That’s what Bromium is all about. Our innovative solution breaks down an enterprise full of vulnerable endpoints into highly defensible, bite-sized chunks using micro-virtual machines (VMs). It instantly places each untrusted user task (e.g., email attachments, web browsing, malicious phishing links) into a single-use, hardware-isolated container with zero host access.

It’s like having an endless supply of fresh, pristine PCs in your unique configuration for each new untrusted action—each one with a miniscule attack surface—making isolated malicious activity easy to spot and stop.

Reduce your attack surface.

Micro-virtualization is key to ensuring the highest level of endpoint security. By minimizing the attack surface, you minimize riskpreventing malicious processes from snowballing by isolating where they originate. It’s an always-on solution, ready to catch malicious behavior the moment it happens.

Every browser session or document access runs inside a micro-VM, so any suspicious or potentially malicious activity is executed completely isolated from the host and the network. And you’ll receive alerts only for active threats, so you eliminate the wasted effort and expense of chasing down false positives.

Aligning with the apex of the SANS Institute’s Maturity Model for Endpoint Security, Bromium helps enterprises achieve best practice outcomes with a solution that’s proactive, comprehensive, continuous, and measurable.

Download the white paper to learn more.

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