XDR: What it is and How it Boosts Cybersecurity Defenses

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Extended detection and response (XDR) is everywhere these days, but what is it exactly, and why would you want to leverage an XDR platform? In simple terms, XDR is a security advancement designed to help organizations supercharge threat detection and response – and elevate the efficiency and effectiveness of their security program.  

Some of the biggest challenges an XDR platform can address include:  

  • An overwhelming security stack and volume of unprioritized and therefore unactionable alerts 
  • Slow and/or ineffective threat investigation due to shortage of security talent and skills  
  • Less than desired mean time to detect/discover (MTTD) and mean time to resolve (MTTR)  
  • Lack of a single pane of glass to manage security operations 
  • Lack of confidence in your organization-wide protection

An XDR platform combines automated threat detection and response with data enrichment and correlation across endpoints, networks and cloud assets. Unlike siloed security tools, XDR optimizes visibility across your entire attack surface and increases security efficiency by reducing response time and decreasing threat actors’ window of opportunity.  

The benefits of implementing an XDR platform are many, including:  

  • Visibility across the entire attack surface – endpoints, networks and cloud  
  • Threat intelligence enriched by multiple sources 
  • Comprehensive analytics 
  • Correlation and automation, which enables root cause analysis and automated responses and recommendations 

These benefits point toward outcomes that security and IT organizations are always working toward: fast, effective threat detection and the ability to address threats in real time. 

In this brief video, we break down what XDR is and how it works. You’ll learn:  

  • The basics of how an XDR platform functions in your network environment 
  • The biggest reasons that organizations are leveraging XDR platforms, including more visibility, reduced alert fatigue and faster threat remediation