The ability to identify anomalies within a computing environment is critical. Anomalies—events outside the norm—sometimes indicate security incidents, and usually prompt investigation. Whether they ultimately represent a security threat or not, anomalies are a leading indicator of something gone awry, which is why anomaly detection is a powerful tactic.
Endpoint visibility is crucial because most attacks begin on endpoints used by people—not the firewall or your servers. Typically, attackers gain control over these entry points to the network through techniques like phishing; from there, they can move laterally to access your servers. This type of activity currently accounts for over 80% of reported incidents, according to CSO.
Monitoring critical system files, configuration files, and content files for unusual or unauthorized activity is one of the core requirements of the PCI-DSS, the payment card industry’s security standard. As such, file integrity monitoring (FIM) is a necessary activity for companies that process or store credit card data. Security teams can choose from any number of endpoint security tools to handle FIM for PCI compliance, but some solutions do more than others.
Security of the workstations in your organization is paramount. However, you don’t want to sacrifice employee productivity for security, especially for users who require elevated privileges, such as developers. By embracing user-focused security, companies can empower users to take charge of their own workstation security, and increase company-wide compliance and productivity at the same time.