EDR stands for endpoint detection and response. It is a type of security software that is designed to detect and respond to threats on individual devices, such as computers, laptops, and smartphones.
EDR works by continuously monitoring the activity on a device for suspicious behavior. If it detects a potential threat, it can take a variety of actions, such as quarantining the threat, blocking the threat from executing, or alerting the user or network administrator. EDR also typically includes features for analyzing and investigating threats, as well as providing remediation recommendations.
Antivirus software is similar to EDR in that it is designed to detect and protect against threats, but it tends to focus more on preventing the initial infection of a device rather than detecting and responding to threats that have already made it past the initial defenses. Antivirus software typically works by scanning files and programs for known patterns of malicious code and blocking them from executing.
One key difference between EDR and antivirus is that EDR is typically more proactive and focused on real-time threat detection and response, while antivirus is more reactive and focused on preventing known threats from executing. EDR is also typically more sophisticated and advanced than antivirus, with more advanced capabilities for analyzing and responding to threats.
Overall, EDR is an important tool for protecting against advanced threats that may evade traditional antivirus software, and it is often used in conjunction with antivirus software as part of a comprehensive security strategy.
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