Matt Kimpel, Director of Cybersecurity and Engineering
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations have been challenged to make a tectonic shift in pivoting to a work-from-home operating model. When working remotely, there is a hidden security danger. All those endpoints and devices connected outside of the office firewall are prime entry points for cybercriminals to target your organization. Without proper protection, it is open season for a tsunami of malicious malware and ransomware attacks through those unsecured endpoints.
Magna5 is at the forefront of helping organizations proactively detect and respond to sophisticated cyber-attacks targeted through endpoints. Using a multi-tiered approach, their managed Endpoint Security solution provides full visibility into an organization’s entire endpoint environment to monitor known and unknown cyber threats at every stage of their lifecycle. Attacks at the endpoint level are detected and blocked before they become active.
“When an attack is orchestrated through social engineering or phishing, all it takes is one end user mistake to put the whole company at risk,” says Matt Kimpel, director of Cybersecurity and Engineering at Magna5. “Especially with remote working, it’s critical to upgrade security to counter attacks with real-time detection and response before they penetrate your endpoints and perimeter.”
Today, cyber attackers use fileless malware, zero-day exploits or other advanced persistent threats. These attacks do not have signatures, and thus, traditional antivirus programs and signature detection methods are no match to stop these threats. Kimpel emphasizes that a multi-layered approach is the best insurance to safeguard enterprise infrastructures proactively from cyber-attacks and data breaches.
The company provides a comprehensive set of bundled endpoint capabilities that cover prevention, early-warning detection and response, as well as threat hunting to seek out potential footholds and hard-to-detect persistent threats. Prevention includes active patch management identifying vulnerabilities on the endpoint that need to be fixed or updated to minimize risks and weaknesses used to exploit data breaches. These services bundled together identify threats in real time, allowing quick response, remediation and recovery.
Magna5’s managed Endpoint Security solution provides full visibility into an organization’s entire endpoint environment to monitor known and unknown cyber threats at every stage of their lifecycle
“We protect endpoints connecting to an organization’s network over the internet using real-time threat prevention and detection, hunting techniques and remediation services, no matter where their employees are working,” says Kimpel. “If malware takes foothold on an endpoint, we can revert a machine’s state using a malware rollback feature to defuse the damage before it happens.”
Kimpel gives an example of the importance of strong endpoint protection. A Magna5 manufacturing client had a massive Dridex attack, a form of online banking malware used to steal data via HTML injections. Dridex appeared through a spam email with a Microsoft Word attachment. Once an employee opened it and clicked on the attachment, it executed a fileless malware allowing hackers access to credentials. Magna5 was already providing security monitoring and disaster recovery services for the client. Through proactive managed detection and response, Magna5 spotted the threat in minutes – alerting the client, blocking initial access and recovering the systems using a combination of data backup and recovery as well as incident response services. Magna5 implemented endpoint security protection and was able to harden their endpoints for future attacks. In the end, it cost the client $100,000 in remediation services. Now with endpoint security in place, they are prepared to counter any potential future attack before it does damage.
“The client immediately leveraged additional Magna5 cybersecurity services, which helped slow down the attack and prevented any data extraction. Adding this layer to their cybersecurity strategy ultimately was less impactful than having to go through such a damaging exercise again,” asserts Kimpel.
In addition to Endpoint Security, Magna5 provides a full suite of managed security solutions that cover managed detection and response, vulnerability management, firewall/intrusion prevention management, patch management and risk/compliance management. Its fully managed 24/7/365 Operations Center is staffed with certified engineers that provide an extra set of eyes watching organizations’ networks to proactively monitor the health and security of client networks.
Customers rely on Magna5 across many industry segments, including healthcare, manufacturing, financial, energy and government entities. A culture of commitment and deep relationships provides customers with the assurance that their endpoints are secure and in good hands.