The Difference Between Anti-Virus and End-Point Detection and Response

Dec Wed, 2018

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With advancements in technology comes more cyber risks that impact an organization in multiple ways including their data and intellectual property, legal liability, and brand and reputation, to just name a few. Luckily, there are enhanced solutions to manage these cyber risks and we outline the difference of two important cyber security tools in this article, that prevents malicious software from infecting an organization’s environment: anti-virus and end-point detection and response.

What is AV and EDR?

Anti-virus (AV): is a software that detects, prevents, and removes malware including worms, keyloggers, browser hijackers, adware, botnets and more from a system. AV performs scans of a computer, server, system files, or devices and is searching for potential vulnerabilities and risks of malicious software.

End-point Detection and Response (EDR): is an emerging security solution, defined as the tools focused on detecting and investigating suspicious activities. It allows organizations to record end-point system behaviors and network events by installing software agents on each end-point, to have the capability of monitoring and identifying activities that could later lead to a data breach or compromise.

Why is anti-virus no longer enough to secure organizations?

AV simply identifies malware with known patterns that has infected a system but doesn’t identify the root cause of it. As hackers become better at covering their tracks when infecting an environment with custom malware, it becomes harder for AV to identify these patterns and prevent a breach from occurring.

Implementing EDR will allow organizations to very quickly detect anomalous behavior that deviates from normal patterns, something AV is not very good at performing quickly. As companies operate at a steady pace week over week, EDR has the ability to establish what “normal” looks like at an organization to later on detect that suspicious behavior outside the norm. This in turn helps the IT team detect breaches and intrusions quickly providing consistent discovery of events that are of interest that might indicate a compromise, and to take action quickly in an automated way.

To sum it up, AV gathers known malicious software and removes it from a system and EDR hunts those hard to find suspicious activities and patterns that potentially lead to a breach – recording, isolating, and remediating the infected areas.

How can Secuvant help secure your environment?

At the rate that the data breach landscape is evolving, organizations need to be at the forefront of cybersecurity, acquiring the necessary tools or outsourcing security to an MSSP, like Secuvant, to protect their company’s infrastructure from external attacks and insider threats. Secuvant’s Managed Detection and Response or cyberMDR, monitors system endpoints, and network-based traffic providing complete real-time insight to all threats and critical security issues, using a complete SIEM tool, intrusion detection, network threat detection (NTS), ticketing, alerting, and workflow technology.

If you would like to learn more about our cyberMDR service or implementing a Cyber Security Program at your organization, please reach out to our security professionals at or 855-732-8826.