Cybersecurity encompasses a variety of different concepts, all of which pertain to the protection of data and digital systems. While some of these concepts are simple, others are more complex. There’s endpoint detection and response (EDR), for instance. EDR is an advanced cybersecurity concept that’s commonly used by businesses. For consumers, simple cybersecurity concepts such as antivirus software and strong passwords may suffice, Businesses, however, may have to go one step further by implementing advanced concepts like EDR.

The Basics of EDR

Also referred to as endpoint threat detection and response, EDR is a cybersecurity concept that consists of real-time, around-the-clock monitoring of endpoints.

Endpoints, of course, are devices connected to a network. In the past, network-connected devices were limited mostly to computers. Today, there are now other types of network-connected devices, including smartphones, tablets, smart speakers, printers, fax machines, servers and even virtual servers. EDR is designed to monitor endpoints such as these for potential threats.

How EDR Works

EDR is available as software — typically offered as a cloud-based service — that monitors endpoints on a network. Like with other types of software, not all forms of EDR are the same. Some of them have different features than others, and some of them are more effective at identifying and protecting against threats.

Regardless, all EDR software will monitor endpoints on a network. It will continuously scan your network-connected devices in real time. If it detects a potential threat, the EDR software will either resolve it or notify you of the threat.

Tips on How to Use EDR

If you’re going to use EDR software, there are a few things you should know. As previously mentioned, features can vary depending on which type of EDR software you use. Some of them only offer protection while online. If your network is disconnected from the internet, the EDR software won’t be able to monitor the connected endpoints. The good news is that some EDR software products offer both online and offline protection.

You should check the EDR software’s settings to ensure that all of your endpoints are protected. Even if a device is connected to your network, the software may not recognize it. And if the EDR software doesn’t recognize the device, it won’t be able to protect it from potential threats.

EDR software isn’t a substitution for traditional cybersecurity measures. You should still use antivirus software, as well as strong passwords. Nonetheless, it can provide an extra layer of security for all of your network-connected devices.

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