Written by: Pogiso Mokwena

How many people in your organization would you say have strong passwords? How many times do you think they have recycled their password on their apps and devices? One too many times, right? Well, there are some good news and bad news for you. The bad news is that they are one of the targeted people attackers seek because they are considered “vulnerable.” The good news is that SentinelOne is here to protect you from such vulnerability and prevent mistakes that lead to a cyber disaster for any organization. We spoke to the Senior IT Engineer at VNQ Systems, Themba Vilakazi, who gave his perspective on SentinelOne.

“SentinelOne is a powerful and flexible endpoint security solution.”

Vilakazi described SentinelOne as an endpoint security platform that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide advanced threat protection to enterprise organizations. It offers a range of features to help protect against malware, ransomware, and other cyber threats. He went on to say that one of the key features of SentinelOne is its Identity for Active Directory module. This module helps secure Active Directory, a critical component of most enterprise networks. It monitors Active Directory in real-time, detects and blocks unauthorized changes, and provides detailed reports and alerts.

SentinelOne also uses behavioral AI to detect and block threats across all endpoints, whether physical, virtual, or cloud-based. It can automatically remediate threats, quarantine infected endpoints, and provide detailed forensic data to help IT teams investigate and respond to attacks. Overall, SentinelOne is a powerful and flexible endpoint security solution that can help organizations of all sizes protect their networks against various cyber threats.

Some organizations may think that they don’t need security until they are compromised or may not even know which security gaps are flags that they need SentinelOne – Themba pointed out some security gaps that organizations should look out for,

  • An unsecured Active Directory is weak or unsecured user authentication practices, including your weak passwords, recycling passwords on devices and apps, and lack of multi-factor authentication. If these are not secure, attackers can exploit these vulnerabilities to access sensitive data or systems.
  • The lack of regular security monitoring and auditing – without regular and proper monitoring, it makes it difficult to know when there was unauthorized access or changes to the Active Directory environment, which can leave the organization vulnerable to an attack that goes undetected for an extended period.
  • Having unpatched or outdated systems and applications – attackers can exploit known vulnerabilities in outdated software to gain access to the system and move laterally throughout the network.
  • A lack of proper access controls can also create security gaps in Active Directory. For example, if users are given excessive privileges or access controls are not adequately enforced, attackers can gain access to sensitive data or systems.

“It’s important for organizations to regularly assess their Active Directory environment and implement security best practices to address these and other potential security gaps,” he said.

There are endless options for Endpoint security products, and one may ask, “Why SentinelOne?”. It offers comprehensive protection, achieved through behavioral AI and machine learning to provide advanced threat protection against a wide range of cyber threats, including malware, ransomware, and file-less attacks. Easy deployment can be done quickly and easily across physical, virtual, or cloud-based endpoints. It can also integrate with existing security infrastructure, making it a flexible solution for organizations of all sizes. It can automatically remediate threats, quarantine infected endpoints, and provide detailed forensic data to help IT teams investigate and respond to attacks. SentinelOne’s Identity for Active Directory module provides real-time monitoring and protection for Active Directory, a critical component of most enterprise networks. More than anything, it is user-friendly, making it easy for IT teams to manage and monitor the endpoint security.

Concerns about integration will arise as an operating system is already in place. With SentinelOne, that should not be a problem because it is designed to integrate with other security products and operating systems to provide comprehensive protection across an organization’s entire IT environment.

Here are some examples of how SentinelOne can integrate with other security products and operating systems:

  • Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR): SentinelOne can integrate with EDR tools to provide advanced threat detection and response capabilities.
  • Security Information and Event Management (SIEM): SentinelOne can integrate with SIEM tools to provide centralized logging and event correlation across the entire IT environment.
  • Cloud-based platforms: SentinelOne can integrate with cloud-based platforms like AWS and Azure to provide endpoint security for cloud-based workloads.
  • Active Directory: SentinelOne’s Identity for Active Directory module can integrate with Active Directory to provide real-time monitoring and protection.
  • Operating systems: SentinelOne can integrate with multiple operating systems, including Windows, macOS, and Linux, to provide endpoint security across all endpoints.

It’s arguably correct that you can purchase SentinelOne solutions from any cyber distributor, and half of the time, their selling point is “we can beat our competitors’ quote.” But what else can your service provider do for you besides giving you a generous discount? VNQ Systems provides some value adds, such as expert technical support, ensuring you can get all the technical support you need and guidance when deploying SentinelOne. Through our partnership with Exclusive Networks and SentinelOne, and skilled in-house Technicians, VNQ Systems provides a quality service that will ensure you are fully secure regarding endpoint security.

When Themba was asked where to go from now, he responded, “In my opinion, if an organization is not currently using SentinelOne or a similar endpoint security platform, they may be at increased risk of cyber threats. Without adequate endpoint security, organizations are vulnerable to a wide range of threats, including malware, ransomware, and file-less attacks, which can result in data breaches, financial losses, and reputational damage.

Many endpoint security solutions are on the market, but not all solutions are created equal. When selecting an endpoint security platform, organizations should look for a solution that provides comprehensive threat protection, easy deployment and management, and seamless integration with existing security infrastructure. SentinelOne is a popular choice because it offers all these features and more. If an organization is not currently using SentinelOne or a similar endpoint security platform, it should consider evaluating its current endpoint security measures and implementing a more comprehensive solution. A data  breach or cyber-attack can far outweigh the cost of implementing effective endpoint security, making it a worthwhile investment for any organization.”

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