The Military’s Cybercontractor of ChoiceIssue 11-20-17 |
The nine-year-old company, Endgame, started out selling hacking tools to the feds and is part of a growing slice of the security software industry known as “endpoint detection and response,” or EDR. An endpoint, in this case, is a particular computer or server that can be hacked. Endgame’s software is designed to stop an attack from spreading any further by remotely examining, quarantining, and fixing a hacked endpoint. Many current security systems rely on humans performing these actions, and that could lead to security gaps. For example, Equifax Inc. blamed the hack of 145 million Social Security numbers on an unnamed IT guy failing to install a security update. Many of the potential impacts of unusable security involve increased susceptibility to social-engineering attacks. Gartner Inc. predicts that the EDR market, which more than doubled to $500 million in 2016, will top $800 million this year and $1.5 billion in 2020.