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What Do Auto Racing and EDR Have in Common?

The Ballad of Ricky Bobby: Talladega Nights is a comedy movie that follows the fictional life of NASCAR race driver Ricky Bobby as he laps the competition and drops head-scratching bits of wisdom like “If you’re not first, you’re last.” And while the sentiment may ring true for NASCAR, it could equally apply to endpoint detection and response (EDR)—more on that in a minute.

If you are not familiar with EDR, you can learn more about it here. But if you are, then you know it’s your best defense against a wide spectrum of cyberthreats. And because EDR goes beyond traditional antivirus (AV) with a signatureless approach to definitions, it helps protect you against zero-day, fileless, and attacks designed to bypass AV.

When choosing an EDR vendor, you have choices. But not all of them offer the same functionality, features, or strong protection against ransomware—and that can make all the difference when you’re tasked with protecting your customers.

Let’s assume you use brand X’s version of EDR and a cybercriminal launches a ransomware attack against your client. As you assess the situation, you need answers to these crucial questions:

  • What ransomware variant has infiltrated the network, and what was the attack vector?
  • How did the attack unfold?
  • What devices are impacted?
  • Was the attack killed, quarantined, or remediated?
  • What is the extent of the damage?
  • Can the damage be reversed?

Of course, preventing network intrusion by detecting, killing, and quarantining an attack is paramount—you don’t want customer data falling into a bad actor’s hands or being encrypted and disrupting operations. But the answer to the last question is a game changer—can you restore the endpoints to their pre-attack state, thereby preserving the data? The answer is yes if you have a rollback feature—which is available in SolarWinds® EDR, powered by SentinelOne.

So what does Ricky Bobby’s sage wisdom have to do with EDR? It’s simple: The vendor that can discover a threat and roll it back first is the last one you’ll ever need.

There’s a lot of information available that compares global EDR vendors. But to gain a truly objective perspective, look to Gartner Peer Insights, who awards the Customer’s Choice distinction to the vendors that are the most highly rated by their customers. When it comes to EDR, no one is more highly rated by its users than SentinelOne, as evidenced by the Gartner 2020 EDR ‘Voice of the Customer’ Report.

Consider the following from the report:

  • SentinelOne received the highest overall rating of 4.8 (out of 5) and most reviews among all vendors listed in the overall rating category
  • 96% of those reviewers would recommend SentinelOne
  • 57% of the reviews for SentinelOne are from outside North America, which demonstrates strength in EMEA, Latin America, APAC, and worldwide

SolarWinds MSP has worked with SentinelOne to integrate the leading EDR solution into our world-class remote monitoring and management platforms—N-central® and RMM. With integrated EDR, you get full protection from a unified dashboard on day one.


Michael Tschirret is Sr. Product Marketing Manager, EDR, at SolarWinds MSP

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