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November 15, 2022 by Jesus Vigo

A holistic approach to security: Endpoint Protection

Comprehensive endpoint protection provides modern threat landscape protection to your entire fleet of Apple endpoints and mobile devices. By protecting against new and evolving threats through effective and efficient defense-in-depth strategies, Jamf endpoint security solutions are not only best-of-breed, but their powerful and flexible workflows help organizations like yours to succeed with Apple at work without compromising data security, user privacy or end-user productivity.

Picture it: Earth, 1999. While its global citizens awaited the turn of a new century, there were many that were fearful of this new millennium. Scared that, at the stroke of midnight, society’s computing systems would break, fail, turn on humankind or worse, take over as our robot overlords.

Ok, maybe not that last part so much, but suffice it to say many were worried that the “Y2K bug” was going to be far worse than what actually occurred.

TL;DR the world ushered in the year 2000 while listening to Prince’s 1999 with nary a hiccup. The next business day, it was business as usual. IT admins and users updated the antivirus software on their computers and continued working like it was just another Monday morning. That was not only the extent of the infamous Y2K problem but the solution – patch your computers and keep your antivirus updated – was the endpoint security of the time.

A little over two decades later and the modern threat landscape has changed to meet the changes to modern computing. One that sees companies migrating to remote and hybrid work environments, adopting Apple in the enterprise and varying device ownership levels. All in service to permit users to work:

  • Where they feel most comfortable
  • On their preferred device
  • From anywhere and at any time

The days of merely installing antivirus on your computer are both wholly inadequate and asking for trouble, as threat actors have an entire arsenal at their disposal to compromise your fleet of devices, target all users and access critical or sensitive organizational data for their own nefarious purposes.

Protect against new and evolving threats

Alas, it’s a brave new world and that includes a whole slew of threats and attacks that impact the security of your endpoint– regardless of whether users are at the office or home, connected to any network, or on macOS, iOS, Android or Windows.

While malicious code is still very much a thing to be wary of. Here are some of the security challenges that have evolved that Jamf endpoint security solutions protect against in the modern threat landscape:

  • In-network attacks
    • Man in the Middle (MitM)
    • Zero-day phishing attacks
      • SMS
      • Email
      • Social media
      • Messaging
    • Lateral movement attacks
  • On-device attacks
    • Living off the land (LotL)
    • Malware
      • Spyware
      • Trojans
      • Ransomware
      • Cryptojacker
      • Potentially unwanted programs (PuP)
    • Unauthorized data exfiltration

And while some of these threats carry identifiable fingerprints that can tip IT and Security admins off to their whereabouts, an increasing number of bad actors are combining threats, employing the latest tactics to remain unknown, and therefore able to carry out attacks stealthily over time.

Jamf Threat Labs

You may be thinking, how can you possibly stop that which you cannot see? With Jamf Threat Labs, that’s how. Jamf’s team of cybersecurity experts and data scientists works tirelessly to assess macOS and iOS-based endpoints, performing threat hunting to successfully identify and prevent both novel and unknown threats from affecting your Apple fleet. Not only are they great at what they do, but their research feeds the threat intelligence engines that drive Jamf’s endpoint security solutions. By incorporating their findings, detecting unknown threats through advanced behavioral analytics and frequently updated YARA rules work in tandem to mitigate security threats that may be lurking within your fleet before they have a chance to escalate to something worse, like a data breach.

Monitor

In addition to the Jamf Threat Labs team constantly monitoring macOS and iOS-based operating systems across the expanding threat landscape to identify and thwart the latest threats facing organizations, Jamf’s endpoint security solutions actively surveil endpoints for known, unknown and suspected threats.

This minimizes risk from various Apple-focused and mobile device security threats while serving as one of the foundational components in the comprehensive, multi-prong endpoint security protections. Jamf solutions keep a watchful eye over your organizational devices and users by:

  • Consistently and actively monitoring endpoints 24/7/365
  • Gathering rich telemetry logging and reporting data
  • Providing insight into device health, aiding compliance auditing

Detect

Keeping vigil over endpoints is just one aspect of protection, the next is identifying threats. Whether known, unknown or suspected – IT and Security administrators will have visibility into device health, including real-time alerts that inform stakeholders of detected threats that affect their devices.

Further still, logging data is gathered for each endpoint, providing in-depth information about the security of your entire fleet. The rich telemetry data collected serves administrators well in not only identifying what risks impact their endpoints but also allows them to:

  • Perform threat hunting to identify potential threats
  • Leverage granular information to refine protections
  • Mitigate risky behaviors to mitigate potential attack vectors

Prevent

Every threat, like malware, is a potential risk to exposing user and/or company data, so it’s important that organizations choose an endpoint protection solution that specializes in detecting the unique and evolving threats that target users on Mac and mobile devices – inside and out.

The on-device and in-network protections provided by Jamf endpoint security solutions mean faster detection, notification and threat response to known and unknown threats thanks to our:

  • Advanced machine learning (ML) and threat intelligence engine – MI:RIAM
  • Customizable behavioral analytics mapped to the MITRE ATT&CK Framework
  • Data policy enforcement ensures data remains only on secured, compliant storage
  • Blocking of network threats, such as phishing, malicious downloads and command and control (C2) traffic, including risky domains

Remediate

Even with increased visibility and compliance, granular reporting, real-time alerts, advanced threat intelligence and protection against novel threats, the modern threat landscape evolves so frenetically that endpoints may be impacted or drop out of compliance. What then?

Once again, Jamf endpoint security solutions – with their multiple layers of protection – facilitate powerful remediation workflows to correct deviations from your OS hardening configurations, quickly bringing endpoints back into compliance.

Jamf solutions flexibly provision manual and automated incident response workflows, such as:

  • In-depth visibility into all macOS security tooling activity and system processes
  • Eradicating malicious, unwanted and potentially risky files, apps and downloads
  • Isolating devices found to be out of compliance or that pose a risk to data security
  • Aligning with CIS Benchmarks to develop, enforce and monitor secure device baselines

Multiple layers of security – one solution

Look at the fingers on your hand. They work independently to accomplish certain tasks, yet work in tandem when needed to perform larger-scale functions, do they not? A single, yet powerful security solution similarly relies on many individual layers that – while capable of performing independently in their own right – also work together to form a holistic, multithreaded net to monitor, detect, prevent and remediate against attacks from bad actors and the various security threats they employ to target your device, users and critical data.

Defense-in-depth

…loved by good, feared by evil.” – Voltron

In the show by the same name as the quote above, the first season saw a team of five pilots, each of whom commands a robot lion with unique strengths and abilities. In their quest to maintain peace and protect Earth from evil, the team of five would combine to form a larger, more powerful robot named Voltron, Defender of the Universe, to further aid them with their task.

Though it was a beloved cartoon from 1984, the premise of Voltron shares much with the strategy of defense-in-depth(DiD) to best secure assets, users and resources across the modern threat landscape. Specifically, the belief that a singular, “one size fits all” application will holistically keep organizations protected is a myth a best – and one that often leads to data breaches at worst.

The premise of DiD is simple, yet both efficient and effective. Layer security protections, just the layers of cake, so that they overlap their strengths while minimizing weakness, in the service of identifying, stopping and if it comes to it, remediating against a variety of security challenges that threaten the integrity of your endpoint, safety of your users and confidentiality of your data.

Simply put: should one layer fail, the next one exists to intercept it.

Integration

Jamf’s endpoint protection solutions, much like all of our solutions, are designed to work alongside numerous first- and third-party solutions to extend capabilities and establish features-rich workflows while ensuring data flows securely between solutions.

For example, Jamf Pro, our flagship mobile device management solution, is known for its seamless deployment and management capability. However, when integrated with Jamf Protect, not only is deploying endpoint security to your macOS devices possible with just a couple of clicks but secure endpoint health data is shared in real-time between both solutions.

What does this mean for your organization? We’ll tell you. Event information relating to incidents, such as phishing attacks and other network-based threats are automatically synced to inform the risk status of any individual device. This connection between management and security is critical to taking real-time action to protect your environment.

For example, organizations can leverage Smart Groups in Jamf Pro to dynamically update and respond when a device’s risk status changes in Jamf Protect. This trigger can automatically update a user’s access permissions via Jamf Pro’s conditional access integrations with Microsoft or Google’s solutions

Another example leverages the advanced reporting options found in Jamf endpoint security solutions to stream rich telemetry data to your preferred SIEM solution, like Azure Sentinel or Splunk, providing MacAdmins a single pane of glass view into the health of their Apple endpoints while further extending the capability to transform data using visualizations for added depth and granularity.

Purpose-built for Apple

Jamf’s purpose-built, Apple-first endpoint security solutions offer IT and Security teams several benefits that firmly establish its solutions as best-of-breed, for example:

  • Same-day support allows users to adopt the latest apple releases as soon as they’re available – upgrade on your schedule, not ours
  • Leverage Apple’s Endpoint Security API to embrace the latest security capabilities available within macOS
  • Low-performance impact means battery life isn’t affected, won’t slow down machines or get in the way of user productivity

Speaking of user productivity, being Apple-first (but not Apple-only) means Jamf designs and optimizes each of our endpoint security solutions to take advantage of the OS on which it operates on so that protecting your devices does not come at the expense of user experience nor compromise the user’s privacy.

Key takeaways

  • Protect endpoints from new and existing, known and unknown threats, risky apps and suspicious behaviors
  • Purpose-built for Apple to address the challenges of the modern threat landscape across macOS and iOS-based devices, but also designed and optimized for Android and Windows mobile devices
  • Stops threats that occur on-device, like malware while also preventing in-network attacks, like zero-day phishing and lateral movement
  • Supported by the Jamf Threat Labs team of cybersecurity experts and data scientists to research, identify and prevent novel threats
  • Advanced threat intelligence engine and machine learning (ML) aids in threat hunting to identify potential attacks before they can happen
  • Behavioral analytics mapped to MITRE ATT&CK Framework for powerful, customizable prevention of threats, tailored to the unique needs of your organization
  • Automated incident response and remediation workflows eradicate malicious, risky and unwanted files while isolating devices that pose a risk to data security
  • Develop, enforce and monitor secure device baselines aligned with CIS Benchmarks to drive compliance and aid in auditing compliance tasks
  • Defense-in-depth strategy layers multiple protections to monitor, identify, prevent and remediate a variety of security challenges – should one layer fail, the next one intercepts it
  • Extend services, features and capabilities by leveraging the Jamf Risk API, securely sharing pertinent device health data with first- and third-party solutions

Do you Trust Jamf to help you manage your Apple fleet effectively and efficiently?

Then you’ll Love the way Jamf endpoint protections keep your endpoints, users and data safe and secure!

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Jesus Vigo
Jamf
Jesus is a Copywriter, Security focused on expanding the knowledge base of IT, Security Admins - generally anyone with an interest in securing their Apple devices - with Apple Enterprise Management and the Jamf solutions that will aid them in hardening the devices in the Apple ecosystem.
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