Proactive Defense: Rapid7 Fortifies Endpoint Security

Proactive Defense: Rapid7 Fortifies Endpoint Security

By Greg Tavarez

Security Operations Center (SOC) teams constantly find themselves dealing with an expanding attack surface that spans from the endpoints, such as individual devices and workstations, to cloud environments where organizations store and process their data. This expanding attack surface presents a challenge for SOC teams as they must not only monitor and defend against a wide range of threats but also adapt to the rapidly changing tactics employed by cybercriminals.

The result? Many SOC teams are caught in a cycle of reactive processes. They are often forced to respond to immediate threats and incidents as they occur, leaving little time for proactive threat hunting or comprehensive security strategy development. This reactive approach can lead to burnout among SOC analysts who are constantly under pressure to mitigate threats without adequate time for rest or strategic planning.

SOC teams must find ways to balance reactive incident response with proactive threat hunting, continuous improvement and comprehensive remediation efforts. That’s if they want to break away from the cycle, anyways.

Managed detection and response (MDR), which combines advanced threat detection technologies, skilled cybersecurity experts and proactive threat hunting, is designed to enhance an organization's security posture by continuously monitoring its network, endpoints and cloud environments to detect and respond to malicious activities and security breaches swiftly.

Taking MDR further, Rapid7, a provider of extended risk and threat detection, recently announced that its MDR service now includes multi-layered endpoint prevention and forensics capabilities powered by its Insight Agent.

The Insight Agent offers robust vulnerability scanning, highly effective threat detection and rapid containment actions. It now incorporates next-generation antivirus and the digital forensics and incident response capabilities of Velociraptor.

Velociraptor employs an expressive query language rather than code, facilitating faster sharing of custom detections among security professionals, thereby bolstering community knowledge and aiding teams in swiftly identifying new threats.

“Our MDR customers will now benefit from additional reductions of endpoint security cost and complexity within their SOC,” said Jeremiah Dewey, Senior Vice President of Managed Services and Product Delivery, Rapid7. “The integration of DFIR from Velociraptor and next-generation antivirus helps customers gain control over the dynamic attack surface and increase levels of security protection.”

Rapid7 remains committed to strengthening its endpoint solutions to combat one of the most prevalent threats facing organizations today: ransomware. The company intends to leverage capabilities from its acquisition of Minerva Labs Ltd. to enhance its ability to identify and thwart advanced attacker behaviors, preventing malware execution.

Learn more about MDR services at MSP Expo 2024. Taking place February 13-15, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, MSP Expo is the premier event for MSPs, offering a three-day experience combining conference education focused on growth strategies, networking opportunities, an exhibit hall full of the latest technologies and solutions to help MSPs build their businesses.

Edited by Alex Passett
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