According to McAfee, Adaptive Threat Protection (ATP) is an endpoint security’s optional module that analyzes organizational content and decides action based on file rules, reputation, and reputation thresholds.
According to another source, the ATP is a security model that monitors threats, improves cybersecurity risks changes, and evolves to meet the need for security systems that are integrated with IT for continuous deployment, as well as in hybrid environments and the virtual cloud.
The ATP ensures protection against cybersecurity threats and attacks such as malware, viruses, and Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). Besides, it also knows which system or device is compromised and how threat actors can penetrate your IT environment. The ATP also provides the user with the ability to contain, block, or clean infected files.
Adaptive Threat Analytics
A basic principle of adaptive security is always to assume that there is something wrong with the system. Continuous monitoring and improvements in security architecture are the main goals. It is unwise to wait for an incident to occur, but to wait, identify, and respond before you have a chance to breach the system. This is also known as threat hunting.
The ATP’s adaptive threat analytics involves data science and machine learning to automatically and quickly learn the legitimate communication patterns that are particular to each send and recipient. Doing so can effectively detect malicious emails, attachments, and links.
Moreover, ATP’s proprietary risks and reputation analysis expand threat detection beyond the known threats to involve highly malicious emails based on multiple vectors, keeping the enterprise and workforce safer than ever before.
Benefits of Adaptive Threat Protection
The ATP allows security professionals to know what happens when a file with malicious content is detected in an IT environment. Below is the list of some benefits associated with ATP:
- Adaptive security allows for early detection of security compromises and automatic response when a malicious event occurs.
- It can also prevent data theft and sabotage, in addition to reducing the time of threat detection and recognize ongoing security breaches.
- There is no single, isolated system or process when it comes to adaptive security. This is a multi-level monitoring system, developed to evolve with threats and cyber-attacks, making them more sophisticated and complex.
- The ATP quickly detects and protects against cybersecurity threats and attacks such as malware.
- It provides integration with other security tools.
Best practices for adaptive security
An adaptive security architecture can be divided into four periods:
These are often briefly defined as a prediction – assess risks, anticipate attacks and malware, implement base systems and posture; prevent – protect and isolate systems to stop security breaches; respond – investigate incidents, design policy changes, conduct retrospective analysis; defect – prioritize risks, and contain incidents.
These four parameters – combined with policy and compliance measures – are used to help a system capable of quickly tracking and responding to suspicious threats and attacks such as ransomware, viruses, phishing, and so on.