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Endpoint Security: EPP vs EDR

It’s a jungle out there in the world of endpoint security. It can be difficult to distinguish between technology offerings from all these different vendors, but it is not impossible. As cybersecurity professionals with many years on their belts and as experts at deciphering marketing speak, we’re here to help you identify what features matter most when deciding which product or service will best meet your needs – so read below closely!

At Tech Engine Australia, we like to be to the point. With so many security issues out there, it can be hard to know what’s best for your company. Luckily we have a handy guide that will help you decide which endpoint protection is right for you!

So firstly, what are they:

What is an EPP?

An Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP) is an integrated security solution designed to detect and block threats at device level. Typically this includes:

  • Antivirus
  • Anti-malware
  • Data encryption
  • Personal firewalls
  • Intrusion prevention (IPS)
  • Data loss prevention (DLP)

What is EDR?

Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) platforms are cyber security systems that combine elements of next-gen antivirus with additional tools to provide real-time anomaly detection and alerting, forensic analysis and endpoint remediation capabilities.

Comparing EPP & EDR solutions

It might seem like the distinction between EPP and EDR is straightforward, but it is not that simple. Traditionally, EPP is defined as a first-line defence mechanism, effective at blocking known threats. While EDR is defined as the next layer of security, providing additional tools to detect threats, analyse intrusions, and respond to attacks. There is often a large amount of crossover which the following image helps to show:

Endpoint Security: EPP vs EDR
Comparing EPP & EDR. Tech Engine Australia, London.
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So which one does Tech Engine Australia recommend?

Tech Engine Australia advises the use of a combination of “pure” EPP and EDR to protect endpoints. The company claims that using both types will be an effective first line defense against threats; while one focuses on prevention, the other is based around responses in case there was ever any successful attack at all.

Therefore, we offer two great products:

EPP by Webroot SecureAnywhere

Endpoint Security: EPP vs EDR
EPP by Webroot. Tech Engine Australia.

Webroot Business Endpoint Protection was designed from the ground up to simplify your life as a business or MSP. It gives you:

  • Fast, effective, easy-to-use security
  • Hierarchical views and custom reports
  • Enhanced automation and full scalability
  • Lower TCO and flexible billing

EDR by Sophos Intercept X

Endpoint Security: EPP vs EDR
EDR by Sophos. Tech Engine Australia.

Sophos Intercept X employs a comprehensive defense-in-depth approach by using a combination of leading foundational (traditional) and modern (nextgen) techniques. With this, it keeps malware at bay while also offering the best in detection for today’s threats such as attacks on zero days vulnerabilities with exploit protection via sandboxing technology to isolate code from your PC or mobile device without interfering with its operation.

Sophos’s Intercept X is an all encompassing cybersecurity suite that provides you peace of mind when browsing online knowing that every necessary step has been taken to keep everything safe but still allow full functionality so there are no interruptions during normal usage.

This handy video gives a great overview:

So there we have it, a brief overview of the Endpoint Security solutions offered by Tech Engine Australia.

If you would like to discuss these in more detail, we will be happy to work out which solution is best for you.

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