The commonly accepted approach to protect endpoints from advanced, unknown cyber threats involves using multiple agents or a next generation EPP suite that includes multiple components. The expectation is that these agents together offer a much higher level of protection against advanced attacks than any single agent alone.

It is possible to build a powerful, inexpensive and easy-to-manage endpoint security stack that stops these attacks in their ”unknown” stage deterministically, without guessing or predicting. The foundation of such a stack is moving target defense — dynamic morphing of the run-time environment. 

This prevents unknown attacks instantaneously, with zero dependency on discovery, analysis, characterization, detection, or updates. 

Windows 10 itself forms the other cornerstone of this stack. When fully leveraged, the security tools embedded in the operating system become a formidable defense against known attacks, with protection on-par with any next generation antivirus technology. 

This whitepaper examines the optimal way to protect endpoints from both known and unknown attacks. It reviews the Windows Defender Antivirus offering, barriers to adoption and mitigation provided through the Defender AV integration available in the Morphisec Unified Threat Prevention platform. It looks at how Morphisec’s moving target defense technology, coupled with Defender, helps organizations build an endpoint security stack that is potent, cost-effective and easy to use.