What is Next Gen Endpoint Security? [2023]

calendar iconJuly 12, 2021

Traditional anti-viruses can no longer protect organizations’ networks and systems from advanced cybersecurity threats.
Next Gen Endpoint Security has to be one of the most ill-defined and miss-understood topics in Enterprise Security. It is important to understand the differences between next gen and traditional endpoint security and what each one brings to the table.
Next Gen Endpoint Security determines the risk, vulnerabilities, and criticality of all endpoints in your environment.

Nowadays, Silent and hidden lurkers can live on an organization’s network undetected, waiting to attack by surprise. As endpoint devices become increasingly vulnerable to sophisticated and multi-level security attacks, protecting endpoints more rigorously has become a prerequisite for enterprises and governments across the world. 

Next generation endpoint security, commonly referred to as, next-gen endpoint security, is simply a more advanced way of combating modern-day cyber threats and protecting organizations’ endpoints. 

Defining “Next-Gen” 

Security experts, solution providers and vendors have defined the term in several different ways in the past. 

Initially, the term was created to differentiate more advanced and progressive endpoint security solutions. Those were the ones who had originally stepped away from traditional signature-based security techniques and file scanning methods to detect incoming threats. 

Signature-based detection techniques used to be the norm when it comes to security monitoring, for example, virus scanners used signatures to identify infected files, and the earliest intrusion detection systems (IDS) relied heavily upon signatures definitions.

Next gen endpoint protection typically refers to security that is able to work against high volume and multi-surface attacks targeting endpoint devices. These solutions usually include more advanced features and proactive response capabilities such as ADR or EDR as well as behavioral analysis, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to increase prevention efficacy. 

Nowadays, traditional security providers and antivirus providers have added next-gen features like the ones mentioned above to their existing solutions as these measures become the new norm when it comes to threat prevention and management. 

Key Next-Gen Threat Detection Techniques 

  • Automated detection and response (ADR) or Endpoint Detection Response (EDR) to automatically mitigate advanced threats and restore systems and networks in case of breach.
  • Behavioral analysis to identify malicious files based on behavioral deviations or anomalies 
  • Advanced threat intelligence using machine learning and artificial intelligence   

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