Endpoint

10/22/2015
05:00 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail vvv
50%
50%

New Technology Won't Remove Endpoint From The Bullseye

Dark Reading Radio guests from endpoint security vendor Tanium and Intel Security/McAfee may have different product views, but they concur on the problems plaguing end user machines.

When Ryan Kazanciyan investigated data breaches as an incident response expert for his former employer Mandiant, the theme was always the same. "Every single one had an antivirus, HIPS, SIEM, network- and host-based IDS solutions, and all were compromised. They weren't compromised because of rootkits, hardware-resident malware, incredibly covert, advanced" threats, he recalls of Mandiant's IR clients. "They were all compromised because they had failed at the most basic levels of hygiene."

Meaning they didn't have full visibility of all of their endpoints and servers, didn't keep up with patches and updates, and they didn't segment their networks. "All the malware controls" and tools are worthless once an attacker gains a foothold and obtains legitimate credentials so he's able to move freely throughout the network disguised as an end user, he said yesterday during the Dark Reading Radio program, "Endpoint Security Transformed."

[A slew of startups and veteran security firms are moving toward proactive and adaptive detection and mitigation for securing the endpoint. But few enterprises are ready to pull the antivirus plug. Read "The Rebirth of Endpoint Security."]

Kazanciyan, who is chief security architect for Tanium, an endpoint security firm that lands in the endpoint detection and prevention (EDR) category coined by Gartner, was one of my guests on the program yesterday, as was Edward Metcalf, director of product and solutions for Intel Security/McAfee, a veteran security company that made its mark first as an antivirus firm, but is now also planning to add EDR to its security platform.  

While Tanium and Intel/McAfee obviously come from much different heritages, Kazanciyan and Metcalf basically agreed on the underlying problems that have led to a next generation of endpoint technology. The old-school reactive, always-behind-the-8-ball signature approach catches the run-of-the-mill malware, but is no match for the polymorphic and advanced attacks, nor attacks that don't bother to use malware at all and instead abuse standard system or other tools.

Kazanciyan and Metcalf also see EDR as a key component for organizations to get better visibility into their network and endpoints and to catch an infection before it leads to stolen credentials or stolen data. (Of course they both have very different product/platform approaches for it). Locking down the endpoint forces the bad guys to work a lot harder than a phishing or watering hole attack, they say.

"The endpoint is and always will be the ultimate security perimeter," Kazanciyan said. But the new generation of EDR security will raise the bar for attackers: "I do think you can shift the attackers from successfully behaving opportunistically and force them to" target their victim more precisely, he said.

"They would have to work a lot harder to gain access."

Intel/McAfee's Metcalf echoed that sentiment. "As we develop additional tools, they [the attackers] learn to get past them," he said. "Attackers are going to shift their focus" to other more lucrative targets such as the cloud, he said.

And neither one of them expects AV to disappear from the scene anytime soon.

You can listen to the archive from yesterday's program here

Black Hat Europe returns to the beautiful city of Amsterdam, Netherlands November 12 & 13, 2015. Click here for more information and to register.

Kelly Jackson Higgins is Executive Editor at DarkReading.com. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
RyanSepe
50%
50%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
10/23/2015 | 10:11:20 AM
Tragic Flaw
Many times this tragic flaw of hygiene may come down to resources. Many small to mid-size organizations allocate their resources into revenue producing positions and don't look at the business from a cost savings perspective which is where cyber security would fall into monetarily.

To have succinct processes in place for hygiene that could be replicated on a regular basis you need the employee base to perform those actions and unfortunately many places are not equipped to do that. MSSP's wouldn't help in this regard because that isn't there MO but maybe there is another managed service that could.
Government Shutdown Brings Certificate Lapse Woes
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  1/11/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
The Year in Security 2018
This Dark Reading Tech Digest explores the biggest news stories of 2018 that shaped the cybersecurity landscape.
Flash Poll
How Enterprises Are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
How Enterprises Are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
Data breach fears and the need to comply with regulations such as GDPR are two major drivers increased spending on security products and technologies. But other factors are contributing to the trend as well. Find out more about how enterprises are attacking the cybersecurity problem by reading our report today.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2018-20735
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-17
** DISPUTED ** An issue was discovered in BMC PATROL Agent through 11.3.01. It was found that the PatrolCli application can allow for lateral movement and escalation of privilege inside a Windows Active Directory environment. It was found that by default the PatrolCli / PATROL Agent application only...
CVE-2019-0624
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-17
A spoofing vulnerability exists when a Skype for Business 2015 server does not properly sanitize a specially crafted request, aka "Skype for Business 2015 Spoofing Vulnerability." This affects Skype.
CVE-2019-0646
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-17
A Cross-site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists when Team Foundation Server does not properly sanitize user provided input, aka "Team Foundation Server Cross-site Scripting Vulnerability." This affects Team.
CVE-2019-0647
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-17
An information disclosure vulnerability exists when Team Foundation Server does not properly handle variables marked as secret, aka "Team Foundation Server Information Disclosure Vulnerability." This affects Team.
CVE-2018-20727
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-17
Multiple command injection vulnerabilities in NeDi before 1.7Cp3 allow authenticated users to execute code on the server side via the flt parameter to Nodes-Traffic.php, the dv parameter to Devices-Graph.php, or the tit parameter to drawmap.php.