Improvements to cybersecurity practices top the to-do lists of many businesses these days, thanks to the ever-changing information technology (IT) security threat landscape.

One of the most crucial investments an organization can make is replacing their traditional, or legacy, antivirus solutions with next-generation antivirus (NGAV).

Combined with the proper IT security network monitoring and management, NGAV is becoming the new staple for a best-practice IT security strategy —and for good reason.

Next-Gen Vs. Traditional Antivirus

Traditional antivirus has not been able to keep up with the ever-changing threat landscape of today. That is where NGAV comes in.

While traditional antivirus uses signature-based detection methods — which threat actors have learned long ago how to evade — to identify whether the suspect file is hazardous, NGAV uses risk- and behavior-based mechanisms to combat evolving cyberattacks.

Unlike traditional antivirus, which focuses on detecting malware at the endpoint alone, NGAV addresses a larger range of modern threat scenarios, such as ransomware and fileless attacks. NGAV employs machine learning and predictive modeling techniques to establish analytics capable of identifying malware and malicious behavior before it has the chance to compromise your security protocols.

This means NGAV does not so much focus on what the particular software is, but instead what that software is trying to do.

How Does NGAV Work?

NGAV uses a combination of artificial intelligence (AI), behavioral detection, and machine learning algorithms to identify threats. Since it is cloud-based updates are instantaneous as new threats are identified.

As soon as a file begins behaving in a high-risk manner, NGAV can step in and stop it. Once a threat is detected, NGAV can automatically notify your security team so prompt action can be taken.

SentinelOne Endpoint Detection and Response

BinaryNetworks’ NGAV of choice is SentinelOne due to its endpoint detection and response (EDR) capabilities.

SentinelOne delivers autonomous endpoint protection through a single agent to prevent, detect, and respond to attacks across all major vectors in a timely manner.

Windows, macOS, and Linux systems alike are all protected by SentinelOne, and administrators have access to a versatile multi-platform product which encompasses multiple layers of defense. This may help you to quickly close out vulnerabilities and even track down the responsible individuals and lower any potential fiscal impact on your organization.

Along with the superior protection provided by NGAV and EDR, they have become a common requirement for cybersecurity insurance renewals and may also help reduce premiums.

If you have any questions about the information above, please contact your BinaryNetworks representative at 301-337-3100