Why You Need an Endpoint Agent in Your Security Toolkit

September 19, 2019 Arctic Wolf Networks

From PCs and laptops to mobile devices and IoT sensors, endpoints are everywhere throughout the enterprise. Because each of the thousands or even millions of endpoints is an entryway into your network, endpoint security is one of the most important initiatives you can undertake to enhance your overall cybersecurity posture.

Endpoint security involves ensuring every endpoint meets your security standards before they can access your network. However, with employees bringing their personal devices to work, and connecting work devices to networks outside of your control, it can be difficult for IT teams to manually manage endpoint security in a way that adequately protects your ever-evolving perimeter.

To help overcome security risks, organizations deploy endpoint agents to provide visibility into every endpoint that connects to your network. Each endpoint agent automatically gathers intelligence about the endpoint it’s installed on and then sends that information back to your risk detection platform. Together, endpoint agents give you the ability to monitor, detect, and resolve threats and vulnerabilities across your network from wherever they originate.

 

 

Agent Dashboard

Security Meets Simplicity

The benefits of endpoint agents include:

  • Real-time monitoring and detection of threats the instant they occur on a device
  • Remote monitoring of global assets and employee devices, whether or not they’re connected to your network
  • The ability to monitor hardware, software, and registry configurations and changes that are only detectable through on-device observations
  • The ability to act on threats via the agent itself, stopping a threat in its tracks

Rather than wait for a threat to reveal itself on your network, an endpoint agent contains the threat by blocking network access and quarantining the device. This all happens automatically without human input. At the same time, your IT security experts are alerted and provided with the audit information they need to take further action.

Unlike anti-virus software or other endpoint-based security tools, an endpoint agent requires little from the device itself. For example, Arctic Wolf™ Agent has an average 1% CPU utilization and 10MB memory utilization under normal operation. It has no performance impact on the device and requires no manual maintenance. The endpoint agent is installed automatically using the enterprise’s software deployment process via universal installers.

By extending your scan coverage beyond your internal and external networks down to the endpoint level, you improve protection across your attack surface as it continues to scale.

Protect Your Endpoints with Arctic Wolf Agent

Arctic Wolf™ Agent is lightweight software that installs on endpoints to collect actionable intelligence from your IT environment. Included with Arctic Wolf™ Managed Detection and Response and Managed Risk solutions, Arctic Wolf Agent provides audit and alert telemetry that is monitored 24×7 by Arctic Wolf security experts. Arctic Wolf Agent enables real-time monitoring and continuous endpoint scanning to rapidly identify issues, resolve threats, and eliminate vulnerabilities before they become larger problems. Learn more about the Arctic Wolf Agent.

 

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