Endpoint protection platform (EPP) is an acronym for endpoint protection platform. Don’t get too worked up over the term “platform” being used at this point, because that could spark a whole new geek war. Instead, concentrate on the word “protection.” EPP is more comprehensive than EDR in that it includes the four cybersecurity roles of forecast, prevent, detect, and respond while being purely focused on the endpoint environment. As a result, EPP solutions may include EDR to varying degrees. The devil, however, is in the details. Because no EPP is 100% effective, you must consider what detection and response mechanisms you have in place for assaults that circumvent the preventative controls.

When it comes to prevention, EPP is increasingly replacing traditional anti-virus and anti-malware software, which are only effective to varying degrees against known threats. AI (artificial intelligence) is used in more modern EPP systems to boost the capacity to stop unexpected or zero-day attacks, as well as fileless attacks that don’t leave signature-based traces.

In summary:

MDR is a managed cybersecurity service that uses a variety of technologies to deliver a wide range of threat detection and response capabilities in order to minimize the harm caused by cyber attacks that elude preventative systems. The layers of technology used, as well as the staff’s alertness and skill, define how effective an MDR supplier can be.

EPP is a broader form of protection that covers the entire threat lifecycle, from detection and prevention to detection and response. The effectiveness of each of those four functions, however, varies from vendor to vendor.

Generally speaking, CYB3R-X has the wherewithal to bring MDR, EDR, and EPP functionality to bear in a complete package. This may be most ideal for resource-strapped IT teams that must focus on more than just cybersecurity and want the confidence of knowing a team of experts with the right tools are watching their back.