Hardly any other industry is developing as rapidly as the IT industry. This has a lot of good results, but it also constantly presents us with new challenges. Because we can recognize this rapid development again and again in new cyber attacks.
It is therefore imperative that the cyber security sector always has its finger on the pulse in order to be able to identify new potential threats. In the past, systems such as Endpoint Detection and Response (EDP), EPP and Network Traffic Analysis (NTA), which have helped companies to identify dangers early and to counteract these. However, due to the rapid development of cyber crime, these programs often reach their limits and are too narrowly focused to meet needs.
X Detection and Response: Faster, Smarter, Better?
XDR, which is making a name for itself as a new category in the cybersecurity industry, is intended to remedy the problems of the “old generation”. XDR stands for “X Detection and Response”, the “X” for “everything”.
Above all, it relies on an omnipresence in the entire system, a capability that programs such as EDR lack. Because their view is limited to their endpoint. Missing information has to be supplemented at great expense. Furthermore, it often takes too long before a threat is recognized and finally resolved. In addition, the frequency of the alerts is often far too high to be able to process all, so that some alerts have to be ignored, which in the worst case could pose a serious threat.
These are exactly the points that XDR wants to remedy. In contrast to EDR, data from endpoints, logs clouds and the local network are combined with general threat information. Looking at the system as a whole means being able to react more quickly to incidents and alerts, and ultimately to resolve them.
The information collected, which XDR collates, is recognized faster and better blocked thanks to the latest analysis functions. Automated triage, investigation and reaction processes provide information to make reliable decisions about processes that cannot be automated. Alerts are grouped into events in order to significantly reduce the number of individual warnings and to significantly accelerate the time to response.
X Detection and Response and SIEM
The SIEM is one of the most important facilities to provide an overview of the IT security of a company. The XDR also benefits from this information and, together with a SIEM, forms a bulwark, which considerably simplifies the detection and reaction to cyber threats.
In conclusion, XDR is a new method of looking at the entirety of a system and thereby:
Proactively and quickly identify cybersecurity threats
Track threats from all sources and locations in an organization
Improve the productivity of security teams
Eliminate incidents investigations more efficiently.