Endpoint security limitations of Antivirus, VDI, and VPNs


Antivirus will not protect you against malware

Antivirus (AV) software is viewed as a cornerstone of endpoint security. However, in the context of a complex and rapidly evolving threat landscape, antivirus solutions face significant limitations.  

Advanced evasion techniques mean that antivirus software is increasingly ineffective and leaves organizations exposed to significant risks. 

Main risks:

Obsfucation techniques allow malware to evade traditional signature-based AV

The low accuracy of heuristic AV leads to false positives and false negatives

Fileless malware leaves no footprint on the hard drive for AV to scan and detect

How does ThinScale protect you where AV cannot?

Implements a zero-trust/whitelisting approach that prevents malware from running in the first instance

Does not rely on traditional signature identification methods so cannot be bypassed by code obfuscation

Prevents privilege escalation attacks within the Windows OS as its secure shell runs parallel to the OS

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THE Limitations OF VDI

VDI is only as secure as the devices accessing it

The convenience and IT control offered by Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has helped it become one of the main methods by which organizations provide access to corporate resources.  

But VDI is only as secure as the device accessing it, as secure as a VDI infrastructure can be, a single infected endpoint can risk the entire network. 

Main risks:

VDI’s contextual security and checks can be bypassed by an infected endpoint

VDI cannot prevent access from unsecured, infected machines

VDI can be bypassed or minimized without IT visibility

How does ThinScale protect you where VDI cannot?

Prevents VDI from being accessed outside of IT-secured machines, even if user credentials are stolen

Software packages and patch management allow OS and 3rd party applications to be maintained and updated easily

Compatibility with vital VDI features such as Single-Sign-on, keystroke passthrough, and VDI view enforcement

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VPNs secure networks, leaving devices exposed

VPNs exploded in popularity during and after 2020, due to the need for remote working. They provide secure and encrypted tunnels by which employees can access their resources even over unknown networks. However, VPNs do not provide endpoint security and have even become targets for malicious actors. 

Main risks:

Encryption and tunnelling are used to secure networks, not endpoints

VPN databases have become popular attack targets for malicious actors

VPNs do not enforce access policies on the endpoint and are a target for credential theft

How does ThinScale protect you where VPNs cannot?

Advanced and granular anti-malware to prevent malicious files from being introduced or from running behind the scenes

Prevents the most prevalent methods of data loss, ensuring devices connecting via VPNs cannot leak corporate data

Session isolation, device lockdown, access control, and MFA policies give the VPN client a secure platform to be accessed from

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