Here is Why Endpoint Protection is Important in Modern Security Strategies

In today’s digital era where sensitive data gets stored electronically in the computer servers, organizations can no longer operate without some form of Endpoint Protection.

The costs associated with network downtime or stolen data resulting from malicious attacks significantly outweigh the cost of maintaining an up to date Endpoint Protection software.

Endpoint security software is fundamentally different from the antivirus software. Unlike the Antivirus protection wherein an individual device gets protected, endpoint protection software protects the entire network as a whole including the endpoints (devices used to access the network). Beyond this, the endpoint security software is also responsible for its self-security.

The ultimate aim of Endpoint Protection software is to protect any sensitive business information residing on Endpoints (connected devices) to reduce corporate risk exposure.

Current Threat Landscape

Security threats for endpoints (connected devices) are evolving at an exponential rate every day and are becoming increasingly difficult to prevent or mitigate. The availability of free and open-source malware and development tools is making it much easier for hackers to develop and spread malicious software.

As more and more data resides at the endpoints, organizations are being forced to protect those endpoints which have critical corporate data. Securing the network perimeter by placing sensitive corporate data in a locked vault with towering walls, is no longer a viable solution.

In many cases, the obvious solution to prevent cyber attacks on endpoints would be to restrict user privileges, but this strategy is ruled out because Internet connectivity and the essential plug-ins associated with it are part of everyday operations.

Due to the factors mentioned above, Endpoint Protection offerings are also continuously evolving to keep pace. Thus, Endpoint Protection solutions that are available today come with many different functionalities and covers separate components of the endpoint.

This consolidation or integration of software solution into a single Endpoint protection suite has not only improved the security management capabilities for IT admins but also enhanced the security of endpoints to a large extent. Thus, for obvious reasons, Endpoint protection has found a safe place in the IT sector and wherever IT security is of importance.

If you are in search of a good endpoint protection software, choose Comodo Advance Endpoint Protection. It is a complete endpoint protection platform comprising multiple security technologies, like the anti-virus, HIPS, web filtering, personal firewall, white/blacklisting, application control, device control, Secure Auto-Containment, etc.

Key benefits of using Comodo Advance Endpoint Protection

  • Comes with auto-sandboxing technology that denies access to unknown files.
  • One centralized management console.
  • Unique panoramic view of the endpoint estate with critical endpoint metrics.
  • Automatically uninstalls legacy/existing antivirus products.
  • Manages Endpoint Security Manager configurations.
  • Manages CPU, RAM and hard disk usage.
  • Manages services, processes and applications.
  • Manages endpoint power consumption.
  • Manages USB devices
  • Set-and-forget policies ensure that endpoint configurations are automatically re-applied if they cease being compliant.

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An overview of ransomware threats and endpoint security

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Ransomware is a type of malware that threatens to erase or deny access to data once it has taken over your computer. The attacker demands ransom, usually through cryptocurrency, in order to restore your access to the files. Owing to the growing trend of ransomware attacks, enterprises and their data have become more vulnerable to cybercriminals in the recent years. Thereby, it is vital to secure corporate network endpoints through advanced endpoint protection software to evade all types of cyber attacks.

In this article, we discuss ransomware threats and essential endpoint security tools that organizations require in order to steer clear from all types of cyber threats.

How Ransomware Works

It is important to know how Ransomware takes control of your computer.

Basically, ransomware attacks arrive in the form of Phishing Emails that disguise as important files or software updates. Once the victim opens the email and downloads the content, the malware installs itself on the computer and starts running in the background without the knowledge of the user. Latest forms of ransomware malware, like NotPetya, make use of the security weak spots to attack the computers without needing to trick users.

The victimized computer files are locked and denied access using a mathematical key known only to the attacker. Usually, the victim’s screen is prompted with a message stating that their files are inaccessible and will only become accessible if the victim transfers the ransom through untraceable Bitcoin payment. In the recent years, Ransomware attacks have been targeted at corporate levels.

It is necessary to secure all the remote devices such as laptops, mobile devices and other wireless devices using endpoint security software in order to successfully prevent attacks from infiltrating your network.

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How to Prevent Ransomware?

Good security practices help prevent ransomware infection, so following them rigorously improves your protection from all types of online threats.

  • Keep your operating system up-to-date and patched
  • Unless you are fully aware of what you are doing, don’t install any software or give it administrative privileges
  • Install advanced endpoint protection software, which detects malicious programs
  • Back up your files, regularly and automatically

Ransomware Examples

Some of the most malicious Ransomware examples are listed below:

  • WannaCry: the ransomware attack happened worldwide in May 2017. It targeted computers running Windows OS and spread autonomously from computer to computer.
  • NotPetya: a Russian-directed online attack against Ukraine. The ransomware spread from computer to computer using EternalBlue.
  • Locky: a ransomware released in 2016 was very active until 2017.
  • TeslaCrypt: the malware that targeted gaming files was constantly reinforced by hackers during its terror reign.
  • CryptoLocker: the ransomware attack happened in 2013. The malware successfully infected 500,000 computers.

Comodo Advanced Endpoint Security software brings 7 layers of defense to protect against both known and unknown threats. For more details visit our official Endpoint Security page.

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About Keyloggers

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A keylogger is a software or hardware device designed to secretly track the keystrokes. However, a keylogger as a software is more common and is preferred to keylogging device as a hardware.

Considering the importance of information security, users should be aware that there are two forms of keyloggers – software and hardware.

keyloggers are also used to serve legitimate purposes that include parental control, company security, and more reasons to add.

Though keylogging programs are developed for legitimate intentions, they can very well be used with malicious or criminal intent. In fact, they are primarily used to steal user data.

Furthermore, many keyloggers have rootkit functionality to hide in the system and escape users’ attention.

Comodo Antivirus lab has a dedicated system to identify the keylogging functionality of malware. Some of the keyloggers are Trojan-Spy programs, Trojan-Spy that works to track users’ activities and information, save the information to the hard disk and forward to the malware author. The extracted information would be screenshots and keystrokes which are most often used in stealing banking data.

Why Keyloggers are a Threat

Keyloggers do not pose a threat to the user’s system, however, they do pose a serious threat to users and users’ data. Keyloggers work to extract passwords and login credentials and also confidential information entered through the keyboard. As a result, malware authors can get PIN codes and account numbers, passwords to online shopping sites, email addresses, email logins and passwords, etc.

When the cyber-criminals get a hold of sensitive data, they can exploit the extracted data to transfer the money from the user’s account. Keyloggers can sometimes be used for both political and industrial espionage to access proprietary commercial data and government material, thereby compromising both the commercial and state-owned company’s data.

Keylogger Construction

The working strategy of any keylogger is to get into the event when the key is pressed and when the information about the keystroke is displayed on the monitor.

Following are the ways that keyloggers gain access to the user’s information:

  • Video surveillance
  • Substituting the keyboard driver
  • Terminating DLL functions in user mode
  • A hardware bug in the keyboard
  • Incorporating filter driver in the keyboard stack

Keylogging can be one of two different categories:

Keylogging devices – these are small hardware devices that are possibly fixed to the user’s keyboard or secretly positioned within a computer or its cable, without their knowledge

Keylogging software – this is a software application developed by malicious programmers to track keystrokes and simultaneously log them.

How Keyloggers Spread

As most of the malware programs do, keyloggers spread in the same way. Keyloggers are spread through the following ways:

  • A keylogger is installed when the victim opens a suspicious attachment from the mail
  • When a file is introduced on a P2P network, from an open-access directory, a keylogger can be installed.
  • A keylogger can be launched through a web page script
  • A keylogger can be installed in the victim’s machine through an existing malicious program in the victim’s system.

How to Protect Yourself from Keyloggers

Most of the Information security companies have updated their security products with the latest malware definitions including the prominent keyloggers. So, be sure that your antivirus includes the latest up-to-date malware definition.

Install an antivirus product with latest up-to-date malware definition. As the main intent of keyloggers is to steal confidential banking information – following are the ways to protect the information from unknown keyloggers:

  • Implement the use of one-time passwords/ two-factor authentication
  • Implement a proactive protection system developed to identify keylogging software
  • Prefer to use a virtual keyboard while performing a banking transaction

Conclusion

It is advisable to stay vigilant with a proactive internet security system. Comodo Antivirus works best with proactive protection features like a Default Deny System, Containment technology and Sandboxing battle against even the most threatening keylogging activities.

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Zero-Hour Detection: The First Step to Guaranteed Protection

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As breaches and hacks consistently rise in prevalence, cyber-security is no longer an option – it’s an absolute necessity. There’s a notion among many companies that what has occurred to a countless amount of big-name (and other) companies somehow will never happen to them. Truth is: no company is exempt from the advanced threats and breaches that plague the internet today. So, the question remains: what’s the best possible solution?

With any issue, it’s imperative to address the root of the problem in order to effectively provide a solution. There are 1 million new viruses created every day, only further increasing the possibility of threats lurking on your endpoints. In addition to having unique visibility into the Dark Web by leveraging 85+ million endpoints and also providing 45 second file verdicts 95% of the time – Comodo has some of the most innovative security solutions, designed to combat the advanced threats we unearth daily. From this visibility, we know that being proactive rather than reactive is the only way to guarantee protection against sophisticated vectors.

Malware Scan for Discovery: A Proactive Approach to Security

Comodo’s Forensic Analysis Tool is a FREE and comprehensive solution that detects all types of malware to provide you with visibility into the current threats on your endpoints, which can ultimately result in your critical data being compromised.

Comodo’s ongoing mission is ‘Creating Trust Online’. With dedication to that mission, we’ve created the Forensic Analysis Tool that serves the purpose of keeping the internet and your endpoints malware-free. The first step to protection is detection. And in order to detect all malware, both known and unknown, you must have the appropriate tool for a proactive security-solution. Our Forensic Analysis Tool possesses all the necessary features to keep your endpoints secure and to find out what unknown malware is hiding on your network and endpoints – all in as little as 15 minutes.

Simple and Efficient: How it Works

Designed with your business in mind, the Comodo Forensic Analysis Tool is a lightweight, easy-to-use scanner which identifies unknown and potentially malicious files residing on your network. All audited files are then classified as safe, malicious, or unknown through the tool and Valkyrie, our cloud-based file analysis, where they will be tested to determine whether they are harmful or not.

You can view a report of these tests in the CFA interface, which displays results of the files analyzed by both Forensic Analysis and Valkyrie analysis. You can also opt to have detailed scan reports sent to your email.

Comprehensive Scan and Detection: Features and Benefits

When running the Forensic Analysis Tool, you can select the specific scan targets that best meet your company’s network setup. The easy-to-use Scan Wizard gives you an option to select one of the following scan targets:

  • Active Directory: Suitable for a corporate environment where a large number of endpoints need to be scanned within a network.
  • Workgroup: Allows you to add computers that belong to a work group.
  • Network Address: Specify target endpoints by host name, IP address or IP range.
  • This Computer: Allows you to run a scan on your local device.

Once our Valkyrie analysis platform has found verdicts for both known and unknown files, your results will be automatically shown in the Forensic Analysis Tool’s interface. Scan results are listed for each computer by name with their detected files; and each row has a quick summary of the scan results, including total files scanned and how many were malicious or unknown. Administrators can view the infected files, malicious files, the files that are in analysis, and unknown files all in the CFA interface.

The Comodo Forensic Analysis Tool provides three different types of reports:

  • Executive Valkyrie Report: A summary of scan results which provides details such as when the scan was started and finished, number of devices scanned, and so on.
  • Device Valkyrie Report: The ‘Per Device Report’ shows the trust rating of files on each device scanned. It includes details of malicious items found on each device, unknown files found, files that are still in-analysis and the path of files.
  • Program Valkyrie Report: The ‘Per Program Report’ shows the footprint of each file analyzed by Valkyrie. This includes details of each malicious/unknown file found, the devices on which they were found, the path of the files and more.

Other critical features of the tool’s interface include the following:

  • Title Bar: Displays the scanning progress.
  • Menu Bar: Contains controls for using the application.
  • Reports: Allows administrators to view reports generated by Valkyrie.
  • Help: The ‘About’ menu contains troubleshooting advice and shows product and version information.
  • Search: Allows administrators to search for listed endpoints by name.
  • Main Display Area: Displays details of scanned endpoints and the results from Valkyrie. Also contains the controls for scanning and for launching local or custom scans.
    • Scan Now – Scan endpoints on your local network to identify unknown files.
    • Custom Scan – Allows you to scan endpoints in a Workgroup, Active Directory, or Network Addresses. You can also scan your local computer.
  • Email Form Area: Enter your email address after the Valkyrie analysis is complete to receive a detailed scan report.

You can gain all of the features and benefits of our Forensic Analysis tool at no cost, as part of our pledge to create trust online by simply giving you visibility into the threats against the endpoints that hold your most valuable assets. It is estimated that traditional antivirus software can only catch 40% of all malware in the world today. The other 60% are “unknown”. But with the backing of our Valkyrie cloud-based engine and our unique visibility, Comodo’s Forensic Analysis Tool detects all unknown files.

1 out of every 3 devices we’ve scanned with our Forensic Analysis Tool result in malware or unknown file types found. Be 100% sure that yours isn’t one of them by starting with a malware discovery using Comodo Forensic Analysis Tool.

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