Protect endpoints from malware, exploits and ransomware

The threat landscape continues to evolve

An attacker must complete a sequence of events to steal information or run ransomware for the attack to succeed and move to the next stage. And with endpoints being the most vulnerable components of your IT infrastructure, nearly every attack first relies on compromising one of them. With threats and attacks growing in volume and sophistication, sooner or later an endpoint will be compromised. That’s why advanced endpoint protection is a vital part of a comprehensive security strategy.

An increase of new malware samples detected in the wild grew by 55% between January 2017 and January 2018. There was also an increase in fileless attacks, which require no action by the user for infected to occur. In fact, the Ponemon Institute projects that 35% of malware attacks in 2018 will be fileless, and with fileless attacks being 10 times more likely to succeed, endpoints are at greater risk than ever of being compromised. As adversaries try new approaches, we will see attacks become more sophisticated. Attackers will use multiple techniques and vectors to target specific people and organizations, employing multiple attack strategies to accomplish their goals.


The challenge: Insufficient endpoint options

While most organizations have deployed endpoint protection, infections are still common. The reason: each type of product offering has its limitations.

Traditional endpoint protection products tend to be cumbersome and complex to maintain and are insufficient on their own against modern threats. Next-gen antivirus offerings are an improvement but still not enough. Some offerings focus on malware prevention but do nothing for exploits. Endpoint detection and response, or EDR, products have come into vogue, but they typically require manual effort and either specialists or managed services to be successful. Plus, they often require stitching together products and services from multiple vendors. EDR without the best protection means response teams will be overwhelmed by the volume of alerts and incidents.


Requirements for a smarter approach

The changes in the threat landscape call for a more nuanced approach to protecting endpoints. There are three core requirements:

A “prevention-first” approach must be taken, and the best possible prevention needs to be deployed on every endpoint.

The solution needs to provide protection across multiple attack techniques, including file-based ransomware attacks, fileless attacks spread through an infected website, and/or exploits looking to find vulnerabilities in applications and operating systems.

The product needs to be integrated with the right tools to rapidly detect an attack, using a combination of rich threat intelligence, behavioral analytics and automation.

Stop endpoint attacks before they get started

Traps™ advanced endpoint protection from Palo Alto Networks stops threats on the endpoint and coordinates enforcement with cloud and network security to prevent successful cyberattacks. By combining multiple methods of prevention, Traps stands apart in its ability to protect endpoints. It blocks security breaches and successful ransomware attacks that leverage malware (file-based or fileless) and exploits, known or unknown, before they can compromise endpoints.


Newly released NSS Labs report recommends Traps

In the new 2018 Advanced Endpoint Protection Test Report from NSS Labs, Traps received a Recommended rating – the highest rating NSS Labs offers. NSS Labs tested a variety of advanced endpoint protection products against a variety of malware, exploits, blended threats and evasions. Traps blocked 100% of evasions and exploits with zero false positives. These results – and the recommendation – validate the power of Traps and its prevention-first approach. Watch this short video to learn more.