Cybersecurity | Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

Endpoint Protection AV vs EDR vs MDR vs XDR

AV, NGAV, EDR, MDR, and XDR are all types of cybersecurity solutions designed to protect computer systems from various threats. Here are the differences between them:

Antivirus (AV): AV is a traditional type of cybersecurity software that uses a set of known virus definitions to detect and prevent malware from executing on a computer system. It is a reactive solution that is only effective against known threats.

Next-Generation Antivirus (NGAV): NGAV is an improved version of AV that utilizes heuristics, AI, and machine learning to identify and block malicious activity on a computer system. It is more proactive than AV and can detect previously unknown threats.

Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR): EDR is an AI/behavioral analysis engine that actively monitors and analyzes processes on a computer system to determine if they are malicious. It is effective at detecting previously unknown threats and can prevent ransomware and data theft.

Managed Detection and Response (MDR): MDR is EDR with a security team monitoring the system (SOC). It provides additional human expertise to investigate and respond to threats detected by EDR.

Extended Detection and Response (XDR): XDR is a more comprehensive cybersecurity solution that integrates data from multiple sources, such as endpoints, servers, cloud services, and network devices, to provide a more holistic view of the security posture. It uses advanced analytics to detect and respond to threats across the entire IT environment.

In summary, while AV and NGAV are more reactive solutions, EDR, MDR, and XDR are more proactive and capable of detecting previously unknown threats. MDR and XDR provide additional human expertise and can integrate data from multiple sources to provide a more comprehensive security solution.