GUEST BLOG: Solid Security with Kaseya plus Proven Next-Generation Endpoint Protection from Webroot

Each year, Webroot publishes a Threat Brief, a detailed report which details the churn, change and growth within the cybercrime ecosystem. 2015 was another record year in which more malware, malicious IPs, websites and mobile apps were discovered than in any previous year. The current rate of cybercrime comes as no surprise, given continuous innovations and little in the way of risk for those who choose to participate. The continued onslaught of hacks, breaches and social engineering scams targeting individuals, businesses and government agencies has caused many in the security field to ask if it’s truly possible to defend against a persistent attacker.

At Webroot, we believe it is possible to effectively protect enterprises and end users alike, but only by understanding your adversary and the techniques they employ for their attacks. Webroot’s sophisticated approach and secure solutions reflect an in-depth understanding of the threat landscape and how attackers think, allowing us to provide cutting-edge, proven next-generation protection and real-time detection of threats as they emerge. With Kaseya VSA’s integration of Webroot SecureAnywhere® Business Endpoint Protection, it has never been easier for you to manage and protect your users.

There is a lot of great data in the 2016 Webroot Threat Brief, but one statistic deserves to be called out above the rest. Over the course of last year, millions of samples of malware were encountered by Webroot protected endpoints—but what was so surprising is that, around 97% of the time, the malware was unique to the system it infected, meaning the specific malicious file is never seen anywhere else.

This is done intentionally by malware authors and distributors to make discovering their threats more difficult. The technology to achieve this is not new, however, and is called polymorphism. Today, this technique is used overwhelmingly as an effective way to defeat signature-based endpoint security solutions.

Thankfully, Kaseya VSA with Webroot functions differently. To combat the rise in polymorphic infections, Webroot designed its endpoint solutions to do more than just detect threats; they also gather real-time data about applications and websites, to be correlated against the IPs, files and applications associated with them. This sensory capability is key to defending against polymorphic malware, as it creates a collective awareness about all objects seen across Webroot’s millions of customers. That awareness reveals the reputation of all applications, even those that have never been encountered before. What is so important about reputation? For starters, legitimate applications do not use polymorphism and are encountered by a large percent of protected systems, whereas polymorphic malware is always unique, and is likely tied to unreliable internet objects. This has the effect of making unique applications and, thereby, polymorphic threats, stand out.

Another element of effective cybersecurity unique to Webroot is its ability to reveal contextual information about a breach, which is crucial for responding to threats. Webroot’s Dwell Time reporting feature gives you visibility into any infection on any endpoint within your network, showing you when the infection began and how long it has taken Webroot to stop that threat. This enables security response teams to thoroughly investigate the activity that occurred on an infected system, and respond accordingly. Additionally, Webroot solutions include an Identity Shield, which effectively prevents unknown malware from compromising sensitive data.

Perhaps the most exciting benefit of Kaseya VSA’s integration with Webroot is the boost to your MSP offerings. Webroot has shown tremendous growth since releasing its endpoint solution in 2012, and has over 6,000 registered MSPs who protect more than 100,000 business customers and two million endpoints. Success like that doesn’t happen unless a multitude of security elements are in place. From incredible efficacy and blazing fast performance to the ease of management through Kaseya VSA’s platform, the Webroot integration into Kaseya VSA means good things for the MSP sector. Stop by the Webroot booth at the upcoming Kaseya Connect conference in Carlsbad, CA to learn more about these important innovations and how they can boost your bottom line.

Finally, be sure to read the full 2016 Webroot Threat Brief and learn about the threats you can expect to face in the year to come, or watch a brief video of highlights here.

Grayson Milbourne is the Security Intelligence Director at Webroot. He brings more than 10 years of security experience to Webroot where he spends most of his time leading efficacy related development efforts within the Product Management team. Grayson also drives awareness of security related issues by speaking at major conferences such as RSAC and Virus Bulletin, among others.
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