Sophos strengthens portfolio with Intercept X, a detection and response solution

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One of the world’s leading network and endpoint security providers, Sophos said it has added a new endpoint detection and response solution to its Portfolio. 

Tagged Intercept X Advanced, the company said the solution has a new threat investigation and response capabilities with deep learning file analysis and on-demand access to sophoslabs intelligence database.

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Intercept X Advanced, according to company is powered by Sophos’ deep learning neutral network, which is trained on hundreds of millions of samples to look for suspicious attributes of malicious code to detect never-before-seen threats.

“Intercept X with EDR provides organizations with broad, expert analysis of potential attacks by comparing the DNA of suspicious files against the malware samples already categorized in SophosLabs to enable them to identify and respond to suspicious threats more quickly,” said Dan Schiappa, senior vice president and general manager of products at Sophos.

Until now, effective investigation and incident response has only been achieved in organizations with a dedicated Security Operations Center (SOC) or specialized IT security team trained to hunt and analyze cyberattacks.

With Sophos Intercept X Advanced with EDR, businesses of all sizes and those with limited resources can add threat tracking and SOC-like capabilities to their security defenses, reducing the time criminal hackers can hide in their network.

With a single click, IT managers have on-demand access to curated intelligence from SophosLabs, guided investigations into suspicious events, and recommended next steps.

To maintain full visibility into the threat landscape, SophosLabs tracks, deconstructs and analyzes 400,000 unique and previously unseen malware attacks each day in a constant search for attack novelty and cybercriminal innovation.

By providing access to SophosLabs data, IT managers of all skill levels have first-responder forensics at their fingertips to best determine if and what types of attacks are happening.

“’Am I under attack? Where is the attack taking place? How do I react?’ IT managers regularly face these time-sensitive questions, but without a SOC or trained security experts who know how to analyze potential threats, interrupting a cyberattack in real-time is very difficult,” Schiappa added.

He noted that the sheer volume of malware, frequency of attacks and wide availability of toolkits on the dark web have made EDR capabilities necessary to every business – especially those with limited IT security resources. Sophos is providing the equivalent of a team of global cybersecurity experts and access to the rich knowledge base SophosLabs has about the reputation of files and other information collected through terabytes of malware analysis. IT managers can now quickly analyze and trace attack pathways without needing to reverse engineer files.

Once cybercriminals get a foot hold, they use multiple attack methods to escalate privileges and advance step-by-step. With Intercept X Advanced with EDR, IT managers can see if an attacker is moving laterally, and leverage the anti-ransomware and anti-exploit capabilities in Intercept X, the industry’s most sophisticated endpoint prevention solution. Sophos Intercept X with EDR is integrated with Sophos Central, a cloud-based unified console for managing Sophos’ portfolio of products, allowing end users and Managed Security Partners to make decisions based on EDR intelligence from a single pane of glass.

“EDR initially evolved as an enterprise discipline, typically requiring a team of skilled security analysts to use it to best advantage. Organizations looking to add EDR need to consider how they are going to integrate the technology into their overall security strategy, so triaging and remediating potential incidents is easier and more effective,” said Scott Crawford, information security research director, 451 Research.

“Sophos has focused on creating EDR tooling that is simple to use, affordable and integrated as part of its Intercept X endpoint product. This should give organizations added visibility for threat response. Together, these security components can provide businesses with more control over their own networks and help improve defenses against today’s cyberattacks.”

“In addition to technology, it is equally important for customers to have education as part of their overall security strategy. Our small to medium sized clients need tools that provide information about what threats happened, where and how they got in, and how to fix the problem, so the attacks don’t keep happening over and over again,” said Nick Beardsley, chief solutions architect, TeamLogic IT, a Sophos partner and managed security provider based in Woburn, Mass.

“There’s always a lot of leg work that goes into examining the root cause of an attack – our customers don’t have the time, budget or expertise to threat hunt, and they don’t always understand why they need to do it. Even if they do see the value, their budgets don’t let them come close to having an in-house threat intelligence team like SophosLabs or a dedicated SOC.

“The ability to access SophosLabs research through Intercept X Advanced with EDR, allows us to show our customers why anti-virus or a single security product alone is not enough and to better explain how the attacks are happening, so they don’t make the same mistakes”.

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