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Why EDR Needs Defense-in-Depth to Combat Ransomware [Infographic]

Posted by Michael Gerard on June 9, 2022
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There’s now a new ransomware attack, on average, every 10 seconds. Threat actors have become powerful and sophisticated enough to successfully hold national governments—including Ireland and Costa Rica—to ransom. 

That doesn’t mean state level entities are their primary targets. Quite the contrary. Ransomware groups are increasingly targeting both enterprises and SMBs as well because of the attractive reward-to-effort ratio. 

Endpoint detection and response (EDR) and extended detection and response (XDR) use signature- and behavior-based detection methods to effectively protect against known attacks. 

However, these solutions struggle against advanced and unknown attacks. To combat the kind of fileless, in-memory, zero-day, and other advanced attacks used to launch ransomware, EDR and XDR have to be dialed up to their most aggressive alert settings. This negatively affects system performance and generates high levels of false positive alerts. 

It also requires a team of professionals to run and monitor 24/7. Even then, they don’t catch everything, or do so after an attacker has already established lateral movement within a network. The solution? Boost EDR and harden your attack surface through multi-layer defense, also known as a defense-in-depth strategy. One highly effective technology to consider is Moving Target Defense (MTD), which is purpose-built for stopping supply chain, data theft, ransomware, and other advanced attacks.

The infographic below shows more about why EDR and XDR are not enough on their own to combat ransomware and other advanced attacks. Complementing these solutions with MTD will bring you and your organization greater peace of mind.

Why is EDR Note Enough to Stop Ransomware | Infographic

Effective business ransomware protection depends on stopping attacks before attackers can encrypt anything. EDR and XDR are necessary, but need help with this fight. 

In addition many EDR and XDR solutions weren’t purpose-built for Linux. They run generic Windows tactics, don’t protect cloud workloads, and in some cases, simply run desktop solutions on servers. Organizations that rely on Linux servers are seriously underserved by these solutions—see Linux Servers: How to Defend the New Cyberattack Frontier.

Business Ransomware Protection Takes More Than EDR

Ransomware protection requires defense-in-depth. EDR is one layer in that defense. Morphisec’s patented, revolutionary Moving Target Defense (MTD) technology provides another layer that elevates EDR and XDR solutions’ ability to defend against advanced attacks. MTD keeps critical assets safe without needing foreknowledge of threat signatures or behaviors. It supplies the missing layer of prevention in ransomware strategy, and is a technology Gartner hails as easy to implement, complementary, and scalable. To learn more about defeating ransomware, watch the webinar:  Why AV and EDR are Failing to Stop Ransomware and How to Boost Their Impact.



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