January 4, 2017 |

Successful CISOs know that investing in endpoint security is only the beginning

Organizations’ security perimeters are evaporating.  Tablets, smartphones, laptops, and other mobile devices allow employees the flexibility to essentially work from anywhere – while simultaneously increasing the risk of cyber-attacks and data breaches. According to a recent study from Trend Micro, endpoint security is rated a critical IT priority by more than half of organizations.  With endpoint being such a fickle barrier between sensitive information and the world at large, it takes a new kind of defensive strategy to fortify the gaps.

Unfortunately, there is no one technology solution to keep an organization’s endpoints secure. It’s often more beneficial to implement a multilayered approach to security, allowing for the detection and prevention of data loss, malware, advanced threats, network based threats and all the unknown threats that are now being developed.  While security teams may have the right intent and some of the necessary tools, if they lack the proper training or simply don’t have enough hours in the day to effectively manage and analyze these vast and often complex solutions, the security technologies they’ve purchased will fail. This leaves companies struggling to maximize their return on investment (ROI), while also leaving their organization increasingly susceptible to cyber threats.

Issues to consider when operationalizing end-point solutions

  • Does your existing team have the manpower or hours needed to continually evolve the technological solutions you’ve purchased? Is your operations team effectively strengthening your security policy?
  • Does your team have the necessary knowledge and skillset to fully interpret the data provided by these solutions?
  • Thanks to the ubiquity of mobile devices, typical “work hours” no longer exist. Do you have a solution that ensures your endpoints are being monitored 24/7/365?
  • Is more technology the answer? Have you fully optimized the technology you have?

If you have a managed security service provider, do they offer custom content tailored to your specific environment and threats? Will they work directly in your environment, alongside your established team of security professionals?

How Co-Management Will Help Secure Your End Points and Relieve Your Employees

Co-management experts work with organizations to tune and optimize endpoint security technologies, providing security teams with an ever-improving 360-degree view into their own environment. No business is the same – even within the same industry. Custom content or threat detection logic through co-management is the bridge between a technology and a true solution. Co-managed solutions help determine where host-based risks may exist, including identifying potentially compromised devices, as well as weak or broken polices. They provide customers specific, actionable intelligence to support  response and remediation actions.  Additionally, co-managed providers support the implementation of new detection logic, creating and monitoring IOCs and tuning processes so endpoint technologies can run effectively and efficiently, taking the burden off already over-worked support teams.

Additional Benefits of Co-Managed Endpoint Security

  • Provide detailed analysis and investigation of threats identified by endpoint security solutions
  • Perform proactive “threat hunting” to continually identify anomalous and suspicious activity within companies’ environments
  • Implement, tune and monitor new threat-detection logic in order to identify potential breaches early in the attack lifecycle
  • Continually baseline and refine endpoint security policies to increase the fidelity of alerts and help effectively prioritize your teams’ time and attention.

Could co-management help augment your security environment? Reach out to us today.

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Jason Pfeiffer is ReliaQuest’s Vice President of Incident Response, responsible for the management and development of RQ’s analyst teams. Pfeiffer has extensive experience building highly productive IR teams and leading investigation and response activities involving multiple nation state threat actors. Pfieffer is focused on optimizing RQ’s Tier 1 offerings while building out a robust Tier 2 and Tier 3 capabilities. Pfeiffer started his career with Lockheed Martin, where he worked for the CISO in a variety of roles ranging from Security analyst to Chief Architect for I&AM strategies. Jason then joined PwC where he developed their threat and vulnerability management program and eventually was named PwC's Enterprise Information Security & Assurance Leader for the US and UK groups of PwC designing and building PwC's Global Security Program. In 2015 he was awarded the Senior Information Security Professional Award by ISC2 for his work in building out PwC's Cyber Fusion Center. Just prior to joining ReliaQuest, Jason worked at Cognizant as the Global Head of Cyber Operations and Incident Response. Jason earned an B.S in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and a M.S. in Technology Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).