Enough Is Enough: Rationalizing the Cybersecurity Stack

Cybersecurity spending will approach $125 billion this year, according to Gartner, which predicted the sector would grow more than 8 percent in 2019. Companies are using more security tools than ever before — more than 130 on average for an enterprise. Yet data breaches are up 54 percent so far this year, and the price the average company pays to mitigate a data breach has increased to almost $4 million.

With risks on the rise, it’s understandable that companies are spending more on cybersecurity solutions. The problem is, more isn’t necessarily better. As tools are added to the stack, redundancies inevitably occur, which can be expensive. Cybersecurity tools that rely on an Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) strategy consume scarce IT/Sec-Ops resources as personnel spend time running down alerts.

There’s a better way. Instead of adding to the stack year after year, CISOs can improve safety by building a strong foundation with AppGuard to keep devices safe, then taking inventory of the security stack to eliminate duplicate efforts and conserve labor resources. Examining how AppGuard interacts with tools used at the kernel level, network, data, and IT/Sec-Ops levels is a good place to start.

When AppGuard is deployed, the IT team can eliminate redundant tools that AppGuard replaces and allow AppGuard to operate simultaneously with solutions that it improves or enhances. Here’s an overview of how deploying AppGuard affects cybersecurity tools that are in place to protect endpoints:

AppGuard on the Device
Replaces/Ends Replaces or Improves Enhances
Machine learning antivirus

Application whitelisting/control Anti-exploit

Host intrusion prevention system

Behavior analytics

App sandbox/virtualization

Native OS antivirus

EDR

Patch management

Password management

Disk encryption

Device control

DLP

Native OS firewall

Backup

Deploying AppGuard also improves cybersecurity on the network, replacing and ending the need for certain tools and enhancing the operation of others:

AppGuard on the Network
Replaces/Ends Replaces or Improves Enhances
Network sandbox

Unified threat management

Next-gen firewall

Breach detection

Email security & proxies

Software-defined networks

Intrusion detection system

Federated identity

AppGuard improves data security by eliminating the need for or enhancing the use of user entity behavior analytics, and it enhances Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) software and services that analyze security alerts in real-time:

Data and AppGuard
Replaces or Improves Enhances
User entity behavior analytics SIEM

For IT/Sec-Ops teams, deploying AppGuard can be transformative. AppGuard is proactive rather than reactive, stopping malware before it can cause harm with patented dynamic isolation and inheritance technologies that don’t interfere with normal app operation:

IT/Sec-Ops and AppGuard
Replaces/Ends Replaces or Improves Enhances
Alerts fatigue

Endpoint quarantine

Remediation (Restoration)

Network admission control

Incident response

Employee cyber readiness prep

Threat intelligence & hunting

AppGuard takes the pressure off of patch management, running for months or even years without requiring policy updates. The IT/Sec-Ops team will still need to install patches, but with AppGuard in place to protect the system through kernel level policy enforcement, known threats can’t be exploited while awaiting action on the patch release, and zero-day threats are mitigated as well.

So, if you’re looking for a way to rationalize your cybersecurity stack, consider using AppGuard as a foundation, building on AppGuard’s proactive approach to replace and/or enhance many reactive tools that you’re probably already using. To find out more about the scale of the threat and how these technologies interact, download our whitepaper: How to Optimize Your Cybersecurity Stack