In our blog posts this month we’ve talked at length about all the different threats your business networks are facing today. It’s becoming increasingly clear that traditional antivirus solutions are struggling to offer full protection against these new threats. If your business security still relies largely on an antivirus solution, it’s time to consider your options. You could either add another level of security to your business or even fully replace your antivirus with something else.
In our opinion, this “something” should be an intelligent endpoint protection product. Our recommended solution for this is SentinelOne. This product uses machine learning to detect cybersecurity threats of all kinds, providing more comprehensive protection than your antivirus software. Read on to learn more about this product and why it’s our recommended endpoint security solution.
Challenges of traditional antivirus vs endpoint security
To quickly summarise what we’ve covered in this month’s articles, traditional antivirus solutions recognise cybersecurity threats based on the signature that infected files have. This means that a solution like this is only effective against known offenders that execute attacks through malicious files.
However, hackers have learned to take advantage of cybersecurity blindspots very quickly, before software developers have had the chance to patch these up. Attacks like this are known as zero-day exploits. Additionally, cybercriminals no longer require the Trojan horse of an infected file to get access to your network in order to wreak havoc and steal your data. With fileless attacks, there is no signature an antivirus programme can detect.
Antivirus products got the form they still take today in the 1990s. Meanwhile, cybercriminals have been developing more sophisticated attack tactics for more than two decades. To say a lot has changed in the general IT landscape during this time would be an understatement. With the widespread adoption of laptops, tablets, wearable tech and smartphones as well as remote working and BYOD policies, businesses now have more endpoints that need protection than ever before.
Antivirus software has to be separately installed onto each and every one of these endpoints. What’s more, they need to be updated religiously to offer protection against the new threat signatures added to antivirus databases every day. This means that antivirus is no longer a very user-friendly or effective solution to your cybersecurity needs.
What is SentinelOne?
SentinelOne is an easy-to-use, intelligent endpoint security solution that offers comprehensive protection to all your business endpoints. The core goal of the company is to stop cybersecurity threats at the endpoint before they have a chance to spread to your wider business network.
SentinelOne is effective against both file-based and fileless attacks and uses both static and behavioural AI for the highest level of protection possible. It’s scalable and offers both cloud-based and on-premise management, making it very flexible. It’s also the first and only next-generation endpoint security platform to integrate with Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). SentinelOne supports a total of fifteen integrations with other IT security tools, making it easy to add to your existing security strategy.
Key differences between SentinelOne and antivirus
Like antivirus software, SentinelOne runs passive scans on your endpoints, indexing notable files and looking for signs of suspicion. It then sends metadata about these files to the central server, where files are given a threat reputation score. If this score falls outside the set parameters of your security policy, the file can be deleted.
While antivirus solutions take a signature-based approach to blocking cybersecurity threats, SentinelOne relies 100% on behavioural analysis. It achieves this through its powerful machine learning capabilities. What this means in practice is that SentinelOne is able to understand behavioural patterns and spot ones that suggest malicious intent. This is what the reputation score it assigns to files and fileless processes is based on. This means it’s as effective at recognising fileless attacks as it is when it comes to file-based threats.
Once SentinelOne recognises a threat, it can quickly get rid of the offender and immunise the endpoints in your network against this new threat. It simultaneously restores your endpoint to the state it was before the malware was spotted. This means that SentinelOne is very effective at reducing the downtime that is typically associated with cyberattacks. This way, you can get back to work with minimal disruption while the system repairs itself in the background.
Is SentinelOne right for me?
SentinelOne can benefit organisations of many different kinds but it’s especially beneficial for those dealing with healthcare, finance, education and energy as the product was designed with these in mind. It’s also a strong enough solution to replace your antivirus completely. That being said, it’s also compatible with antivirus software, so if you have one you see value in, you can run both at the same time.
What’s more, SentinelOne has full visibility of threats even within encrypted traffic. If encryption is something your business uses, this makes your life easier as you won’t have to encrypt and decrypt information as it travels through your business network. SentinelOne is the only endpoint protection platform out there that has full view of cybersecurity risks even within encrypted traffic.