3 ways Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) can help Audit & Compliance

 In Accelerite Blog

In addition to its application for IT security teams, Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) has emerged as a shot in the arm for audit and compliance teams as well.

Many enterprises are required to adhere to regulatory, contractual, legal, security and other compliance norms in relation to their dealings with customers, investors, vendors and other stakeholders. IT teams continuously strive to meet their service agreements, and use various tools to deal with these requirements. However, today’s increasingly complex work environment puts additional strain on these teams, and problems seep through despite all the safety nets and preventive systems, increasing the legal and financial risk their organization is exposed to.

EDR enables better and faster audit and compliance management in the following ways:

Improving Readiness For Audit And Compliance

Any audit and compliance requires a fair amount of time to prepare and ready the systems. EDR solutions help improve readiness for planned as well as unplanned IT audits by enabling IT teams to precisely track “configuration drift” over time due to operational changes or uninformed configuration actions. It works as an “always-on”, ready and handy tool to assist audit teams in ensuring that systems are in adherence to information security compliance and regulations like PCI DSS and HIPAA.

Security experts, auditors and assessors world over consider EDR as a very powerful solution that can quickly identify gaps in compliance by scanning and gathering endpoint information such as OS and device settings, applications, security tools, anti-virus status, patches, configurations, and more.

Analyzing Risk Caused Due To Non-Compliant Systems Better

Guideline in PCI DSS section 12.1.2 states that organizations should “[include] an annual process that identifies threats, and vulnerabilities, and results in a formal risk assessment.”

Endpoint Detection and Response solutions play a crucial role in assessing risk caused due to non-compliant endpoints. It enables audit and compliance teams to quickly fetch real-time information about users, applications, files, processes, settings, configurations and hardware straight from the endpoint and analyze them quickly. Accelerite’s Security & Compliance solution based on Sentient, the Endpoint Detection and Response platform for example, allows for the information captured to be visually sliced and diced in many ways to get a clear picture of compliant and non-compliant endpoints and to analyze threats and vulnerabilities. Sentient’s visual representation of this analysis provides a 360 degree view of the health of the organization’s network of endpoints.

Improving Response And Outcome Of Audit And Compliance Process

EDR solutions equip auditors and people who act on the audit results with the most current information on all endpoints for them to recommend and take corrective actions much faster. With role-based access, information security teams can perform in-place remediation such as delete files, install patches, kill rogue processes and apply updates within minutes. With as powerful a search and remediation capability as EDR in the hands IT, the outcome of an audit exercise and the fixing of non-compliances doesn’t get much quicker and better than this.

Audit and compliance readiness, solid capability to retrieve and analyze information and reduced effort and time to fix issues can go a long way in improving the productivity of staff and reducing the costs associated with the audit process and its outcome. Contact our team today if you would like to harness the power of real-time information with EDR for running faster and more efficient audits.

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  • Akhilesh Pandey

    Great Article on Security Audit.. learn new thing today.

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