Endpoint Security - Check! ZTNA - Check! PAM - Check! Unified Security Platform - Oops!
We all know what it means when someone says, “X marks the spot”. It’s a well-worn phrase that signifies the exact location of something. For some, it might conjure an image of a pirate’s treasure map, or the precise location of a destination starting or stopping point.
n cybersecurity parlance, “X” signifies extended, as in the acronym XDR, or extended detection and response. It’s a symbol that represents knowing, recognizing, identifying and diagnosing all sources. It could be all data sources, all vulnerability sources, all threat surface sources, and so on. The “X” factor is a key differentiator compared to other cybersecurity solutions.
Other security products and tools focus on a single area to protect, such as anti-virus software, instruction software, endpoint security, application firewall, VPN, etc. XDR recognizes the fact that a stove pipe approach to cybersecurity is not that effective, and leads to unnecessary inefficiencies that work against a security team’s ability to immediately respond and mitigate broad-based cyberattacks.
The problem with stove pipe security
Trying to cobble together separate security products from different vendors is like trying to assemble jigsaw pieces from various puzzles into one coherent picture. Identifying and confirming malicious activity from complex cyberattacks requires cybersecurity teams to analyze multiple data sources from a variety of potential attack surfaces with clarity. The counterproductive layered approach using single-function products and tools only adds to the cost, complexity and lack of visibility that make it difficult to identify, respond, and eliminate threats.
When security operations have to aggregate data by piecing everything together and parsing log data from disparate security products, much of the high value context becomes lost. Compounding this challenge is the long-term and growing security skills gap that adds to their difficulties in validating and triaging hundreds, and even thousands of daily security alerts.
XDR can help simplify investigations by making less experienced personnel more effective and efficient, by automating repetitive tasks, seamlessly bringing multiple attack vectors into a single view, and providing greater visibility. Time is critical when responding to cybersecurity events, and delays caused by having to put together piecemeal log data only potentiates the proliferation for greater damage.
Unified XDR platform advantages
Extended detection and response (XDR) is a modern, holistic platform approach to cyberthreat detection and response, protecting against unauthorized access and misuse by replacing myriad single-function security products to deliver unified threat detection and response across all attack surfaces.
XDR natively embeds multiple security capabilities into a cohesive security operations system. XDR unifies threat detection with telemetry from diverse security functions like endpoint security, email security, privileged access management (PAM), zero trust networking access (ZTNA),deception technology, and more. A unified, cloud-native platform, XDR provides the security team with the agility, scalability and automation they need to be successful.
The ability to neutralize cybersecurity threats requires early and rapid detection and investigation. XDR minimizes alerts, coalesces cross-functional information, and provides 360-degree visibility across multi-functional security capabilities. XDR correlates diverse data sources to understand how various events are related and provides insights into suspicious behavior that includes context. This enables IT and security teams to quickly respond to diverse incidents with intuitive cyber forensics and deep intelligence into all attack surfaces.
A unified XDR platform dashboard consolidates data and alerts to streamline analysis of the entire cyberattack lifecycle with deep intelligence and visibility into malicious and suspicious activity, such as malware, phishing, SQL injection, zero-day exploits, man-in-the-middle, spear-phishing, and others throughout the network. XDR multi-functional security capabilities exchange intelligence to uncover vital evidence that analysts need to speed detection and rapidly mitigate events from any source with a single click.
Orchestration is a critical XDR platform component that enables a coordinated response to active threats and attacks across the network, endpoints and clouds. Communication among natively embedded multi-function detection, prevention and response capabilities allows security analysts to issue an immediate response directly through the unified dashboard.
In the taming of every frontier, there has been a deep need for security and protection, from known and unknown threats. From circling the wagons and sentry-armed forts, to our modern security forces and services, we have realized the need to guard what is precious against compromise or calamity.
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For security purposes, it should go without saying, that anything users bring into an enterprise digital environment, like software drivers that have access to the system kernel, must be free from malicious code or software. Everything should be vetted and approved by an IT administrator.