eXtended Detection and Response (XDR) – The Next Step in Cybersecurity

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eXtended Detection and Response (XDR)  The Next Step in Cybersecurity


If you haven’t yet, it’s definitely time to step into the present in the world of cybersecurity – secure not only your endpoints, but the vulnerabilities and entry points beyond them as well!

Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) has been the bedrock for cybersecurity professionals for a while now. It’s the reactive approach long counted on to secure vulnerable endpoints from compromise. But, there are long documented problems with this now outdated approach.

EDR (yesterday’s solution) – Limitations and Problems:

  • Far too many alerts that don’t provide the context needed, or that are too incomplete to have any real value - EDR detects about a quarter of initial attack vectors, and because of the deluge of security alerts that are produced, over half of them which should be further investigated are ignored by security personnel, which is obviously a big problem.
  • It takes too much time, and any investigative work that needs to be done requires a different, more specialized set of skills - With EDR, it takes on average over six months to identify a breach, with the time it takes to contain a breach clocking in at over two months on average. That’s a lot of time to leave your organization vulnerable and bleeding.
  • The focus is on technology, not the user or business/operational parameters unique to every organization – Typically, a SOC (Security Operations Center) uses dozens of tools to stay on top of the job. But tools need to be updated, managed and maintained, which chews up almost a full quarter of their time – time that could be well spent elsewhere on more important matters actually related to bolstering the organization’s cybersecurity posture and performing security investigations. It also unnecessarily cuts into budgets and other resources which could be better allocated for a better return on investment (ROI). In other words, more bang for your cybersecurity buck.

The time has come to go beyond EDR – Say hello to XDR (a solution for today, and tomorrow

Extended Detection and Response (XDR) is the new wave proactive approach designed to deal with today’s increasingly more sophisticated threats. To combat today’s cyber threat landscape, you need quick and easy visibility into all your data, whether its stored across networks, endpoints, or in the cloud. Then you need an easy way to apply analytics and add automation to many of the burdensome and time-consuming security tasks that can overwhelm even the most robust security teams.  That’s what XDR delivers.

Stepping into the future with XDR – Here are some advantages:

  • Identify hidden, stealthy and sophisticated threats fast – proactively - giving you a significantly better chance of stopping damage before it’s done
  • Track threats anywhere in the organization - any source, any location
  • Increase the productivity of not only security personnel, but users as well
  • Boost the reach of your cybersecurity budget by eliminating expensive, dead weight
  • Get investigations done more quickly, effectively and efficiently

The Agents - A Holistic Approach Including Artificial Intelligence and Automation - The Coup de Gras

There are a lot of lethal threats out there crushing organizations on a daily basis - malware, ransomware, spear phishing attacks, Zero-Day threats, insider threats, attackers moving laterally across a network – it’s hard to keep up with their speed, frequency and voracity. Until now, security teams have had to integrate and manage a range of solutions to cope with the onslaught, which is both costly and ineffective. Without being able to communicate and integrate between them, it also makes it impossible to gain full visibility, leaving open footholds for attackers to take advantage of. That’s where GDF’s automated agents come in.

Imagine a multi-layer solution that protects your systems from within your network and simplifies your security posture, including:

  • Endpoint protection
  • Automated Incident Response
  • User behavior analytics
  • Deception detection
  • Network Analytics
  • Full correlation and analysis - providing risk scoring and threat intelligence to achieve optimal prevention and detection

The agents can be remotely deployed across tens of thousands of endpoints enterprise-wide in as little as two hours, with all the components being up and running withing 24 hours. Once a threat is detected, the network is analyzed and the unique automated response and cross-system remediation capabilities spring into action – remediating the threat in real time. Your system will also be constantly monitored by a 24/7 SOC team and be constantly updated with front-line security intelligence to ensure rapid response.

It’s a single platform with one view, consolidating insights from all your layers, streamlining processes, increasing alert accuracy and significantly reducing false positives. It’s the best of automation and AI, with human interpretation and control – the SOC team. So really, what’s not to like. Call GDF at 1-800-868-8189  today and let’s get started.

*Global Digital Forensics is a recognized industry leader in the fields of computer forensics, cyber security and emergency incident response, with years of experience assisting clients in the government, banking, legal, healthcare, education and corporate arenas. For a free consultation with a Global Digital Forensics specialist, call 1-800-868-8189 about tailoring a cost-effective plan which will meet your unique needs, without wasting resources on solutions you simply don’t need. Emergency responders are also standing by 24/7 to handle intrusion and data breach emergencies whenever and wherever they arise. Time is critical if a cyber incident has occurred, so don’t hesitate to call 1-800-868-8189 for immediate help. For more information, visit GDF's cyber security page.

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