Attackers understand that the vast majority of endpoints rely on detection-based protections, which only succeed if and when malware is recognized; that is why we are seeing an increase in zero-day and polymorphic attacks, designed to automatically change their appearance to defeat these systems.
Regular trade publications’ headlines featuring successful malware, ransomware and other cyber-attacks, prove that detection-based defenses are simply not enough to protect today’s security conscious organisations.
This, alongside the ever-increasing data breach volumes, hourly updates to cyber intelligence and malware detection databases, and the resultant spiraling costs of managing EDR and XDR alerts, means that companies must deploy an alternative technology to underpin their security stacks.
AppGuard is the missing layer of protection that everyone needs.
Over the years, defenders have added one malware detection method after another to shrink the increasing detection gaps. It began with antivirus (AV), then AV with “generic” signatures”, then “machine learning” (ML) enhanced AV, and then endpoint detection & response (EDR) with behavioral detection. Most recently, enterprises are adding XDR, which captures data from every possible resource that might aid in detecting malware.
Each added method does the same but only a little differently. They differ in how they detect malware. Each has introduced new complications with greater demands: more data, more false positives that require investigation, more skills & personnel to investigate, and more “data magic” to reduce alerts fatigue and simplify investigations.
Yet, the malware incidents and breaches continue, cyber budgets grow, and increased cyber chaos becomes more entrenched.
AppGuard is not another detection layer. AppGuard defeats malware without having to recognize it, by stopping it from doing what it needs to do to be successful.
Only by adding a completely different approach to defeating malware can one make the meaningful impact everybody needs.
Headlines feature malware weekly if not daily in major trade publications. If most AV, EDR, and XDR tools detected the malware of the moment, there would be no such headlines.
No security tool is perfect, AppGuard included. Yet, the vast majority of malware making news was defeated by AppGuard.
Imagine the devastating impact of a successful attack on your business. Now imagine the enormous benefits of “business as usual” if AppGuard had been on your endpoints to stop what your AV, EDR, or XDR had missed or detected too late.
Malware detection tools continuously monitor and examine every file and activity (because malware can be anywhere) to try to detect and defeat it. On the other hand, AppGuard defeats malware by not allowing specific activities, otherwise known as malware techniques. This stops numerous attacks earlier than detection systems, stops attacks they often miss, eliminates countless detection alerts needing to be investigated, and reduces the amount of data telemetry for detection tools and defenders to monitor and investigate.
AppGuard literally shrinks the malware problem. There is less for detection tools to monitor. Detection ‘sensitivities’ can be reduced for fewer false positives. There are fewer alerts to investigate and fewer incidents to remediate. Ultimately, AppGuard allows detection tools to be more focused and for defenders to accomplish more with what they have.