Endpoint Remediation is the process of resolving a cybersecurity threat once it has been identified to have infiltrated an endpoint device, such as a PC, laptop, mobile phone, tablet or even IoT device.
Today, organisations are faced with more cyber threats than ever, from malware, ransomware, spyware, fraud, phishing, spoofing, and a wide range of threats that aim to damage, steal and disrupt operations and data. Endpoints are the biggest target for cybercriminals because they usually make up the digital perimeter for an organisation, with each device serving as a potential attack vector and entry point for cyber threats.
It is therefore common for organisations to have cybersecurity software to keep the threats out. The problem is that the sheer velocity, variety and volume of today’s cyber threats make it almost impossible to keep out all the threats, all the time.
Therefore, organisations must also have endpoint remediation as part of a layered threat detection and response mechanism for when a threat does manage to get past the security perimeter.
Endpoint remediation would work to contain the threat, prevent it from making outside contact or spreading further within the network, completely remove it and restore the endpoint to a healthy working state.
There are different methods endpoint remediation. Traditional approaches tend to only remediate active malware components or payload, which would still leave endpoints vulnerable to more modern cyber-attacks that are designed to be smarter, elusive and more dynamic.
There are also modern approaches to endpoint remediation. Security companies such as Malwarebytes uses advanced techniques such as Linking Engine Remediation, various modes of endpoint isolation, automation and rollbacks to enable organisations to shift from reactive to proactive endpoint incident response processes.