Endpoint Security (EDR) Vs Antivirus

EDR was designed under the assumption that the endpoint will, at some point, be breached. Antivirus may provide excellent protection, but if it fails, the organization does not have any visibility into what is happening on the endpoint, and security teams cannot immediately access the endpoint to address a breach. An EDR system starts operating where antivirus fails—as soon as a threat manages to penetrate and infect the endpoint.

What is Antivirus?

This type of software provides endpoint protection at the user level and detects and blocks malware and viruses from network access. Due to its limited capabilities, it is unable to handle modern cybercrime threats including:

  • Advanced Threats: The ability to perceive threats depends on prior knowledge of the threats.
  • Malicious Documents: Threats disguised as harmless documents are undetectable.
  • Polymorphic Malware: The tools relied on by this software can become ineffective due to malware avoiding known signatures.
  • Fileless Malware: Malware can execute in-memory processes to avoid detection by software scanning just files.

The purpose of this software is to identify, block and isolate malicious and intrusive applications to protect legitimate software and data from damage. To offer defense from spyware, adware and malware, additional security technology is necessary as well. Cybercrime tactics can potentially do significant damage to the reputation and internal processes of the company. By itself, this software does not provide an adequate defense. EDR or Endpoint Detection and Response monitors and response continually to minimize cyber threats.

What is EDR?

Endpoint Detection and Response was created for protection against advanced cybercrimes. Systems receive protection prior to, during and after an attack from malware through necessary methodologies and technologies including:

  • Active Defense: The behavioral AI or artificial intelligence detects malicious activity, then flags and eliminates threats including zero-day exploits and file-based malware.
  • Passive Protection: Static AI monitors systems for malware signs to eliminate performing ongoing scans.
  • After an Attack: The automated response system and endpoint detection gather forensic data to prevent damage from a wide range of threats. This includes:
    • Exploits: Exploits can be hidden by cybercriminals in Adobe files, spear-phishing emails, Office documents and automated macros in addition to penetrating systems while on the internet.
    • Malware: Endpoint Detection and Response keeps conventional malware including ransomware, backdoors, trojans, memory-only and worms off the systems.

Antivirus vs EDR


    • Monitoring networks in real-time to observe all ongoing processes for the prevention of new threats.
    • Ransomware threats are mitigated when devices are rolled back to a pre-infection state.
    • Detecting and preventing both emerging and current threats through continually improved and updated artificial intelligence.
    • Detection of threats and real-time monitoring are included such as threats not defined by standard virus software and those difficult to recognize.
    • Endpoint Detection and Response is behavior-based; This means unknown threats can be detected based on abnormal behavior.
  • Analysis and data collection determine threat patterns to ensure the organization receives alerts for threats.



  • Threats are detected through regular scanning to protect devices against known malware.
  • Provides warnings regarding potentially malicious sites.
  • Helps remove basic viruses including trojans, adware, spyware, worms and malware.
  • To ensure that files are safe without causing any disturbance to the user’s system, infected or suspect things are quarantined or isolated.


  • inability to roll devices back to the pre-infection state.
  • No capabilities for the identification of new threats, leaving the user unprepared for the mitigation of the most recent cybercriminals’ strategies.
  • There is an entry point for active cybercriminals with new threats.
  • Weekly or daily scans are necessary for effectiveness. This increases the risk of slower device performance.


  • Kaspersky
  • Trend Micro
  • ESET
  • Symantec
  • McAfee


In conclusion, Endpoint Security protects computer networks with remote bridges to a variety of client devices.

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