Extended detection and response

Extended detection and response tools (XDR) can monitor threats across multiple layers, such as networks, servers, the cloud, emails, and, of course, endpoint devices.

Gartner defines XDR tools as a “unified security incident detection and response platform that automatically collects and correlates data from multiple proprietary security components.”

They close the many gaps left by both signature-based and EDR tools and can reduce the risk of cyber-attacks significantly.

They offer visibility across your entire IT environment. This holistic view makes it easier to detect threats and respond accordingly.

XDR tools use machine learning, advanced analytics, and AI to look at your data. This makes them perfect at finding sophisticated threats that would most likely evade single-layer security solutions.

They have a lower volume of false positives, reducing the alert fatigue your security team would likely experience with EDR.

XDR tools respond to threats faster, blocking malicious traffic, isolating compromised systems, or applying patches. And because everything is centralized on one platform, the security team doesn’t need to waste time switching between tools, which again reduces the response time in case of an attack.

Another huge advantage XDR tools offer is scalability. Nobody wants to invest in a new security solution every time they upgrade their systems. Previous tools would have often needed serious upgrades to keep up with your company’s growth. XDR tools, on the other hand, offer much-needed flexibility and can meet a wide range of security requirements.

Last but not least, XDR tools can detect hidden tools and have improved forensic capabilities. They analyze detailed logs and contextual data and can find the root cause of an incident faster and minimize its impact than any other tool.

XDR may offer amazing benefits compared to EDR. Sadly, switching from one to the other may be easier said than done. You need to do a lot more than “push a button” or install some new software.

Done wrong, this transition can cause huge disruptions to your workflow and provides the perfect opportunity for cyber attackers to get a hold of your data. How do you ensure that doesn’t happen? We’ll talk about that in the next post.

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