Technical Expertise

June 28, 2022   •   2 minute read

What Is Extended Detection & Response (XDR)?

Comprehensive cybersecurity monitoring is crucial for timely threat detection, response, and mitigation. However, while many providers offer this, few achieve multifaceted, full visibility into endpoint, network, and cloud environments, 24/7/365.
Extended detection and response (XDR) is one of the latest trends in cybersecurity monitoring, correlating endpoint data and implementing multiple security layers for complete detection of malicious activity, empowering businesses to mitigate data silos and curb threats before they become attacks.

Components of XDR

Not all XDR solutions are created equal. Some are products and some are services. However, they tend to contain the following components:

Correlation

XDR services detect, connect, and assess data across endpoints, networks, and cloud environments, intelligently leveraging AI to automatically condense thousands of system alerts into just a few, high-priority warnings

Detection

This monitoring enables visibility across a greater attack surface, empowering security teams to proactively detect threats.

Response

With every attempted breach, XDR enables clients to update security controls accordingly, and curb similar attacks in the future.

Benefits of XDR

Greater Visibility 

These services create comprehensive threat models, monitoring endpoint activity, firewall, NetFlow, and more. XDR correlates data to provide a more complete overview of a security incident, mapping chains of events and empowering security teams to investigate projected paths and impacts

Detection of Sophisticated Attacks

Increasingly advanced attack techniques demand more refined cybersecurity tools. Stealthy threats lurk between siloed defenses and evade detection while propagating.

Cutting-edge XDR collects, organizes, and processes deep data from your endpoints, network, cloud, and email for a comprehensive security posture. Businesses can leverage this to detect and mitigate even the most complex system threats.

In-Depth Alerts

Maintaining complete visibility of a cyber event’s lifecycle, XDR also features more in-depth alerting capabilities, providing detailed, contextual information regarding an incident, what systems may be affected, and how the threat actor moved through your environment. 

Faster Response Times

Mean-time-to-detect (MTTD) and mean-time-to-respond (MTTR) are key performance metrics—and for good reason. The longer a threat actor is in your system, the greater the potential for serious damage. Since XDR technology provides greater visibility and targeted alerts, it also improves response times in the event of a breach.

MDR vs. XDR

Managed detection and response (MDR) services utilize technology and human expertise to continuously monitor systems, with offerings frequently including Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), Network Traffic Analysis (NTA), Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP), and Intrusion Detection System (IDS).

XDR service providers maximize such technologies and correlate events between the SIEM and the EPP, creating a wider and more holistic security view.

Cybersafe Solutions: First-in-Class XDR Services

Cybersafe Solutions is a state-of-the-art managed security provider specializing in 24/7/365 cyber threat detection, response, and containment through cutting-edge SOL XDR.

With more than 20 years of experience in the cybersecurity landscape, our expert team of certified specialists leverages ​​the latest technology to provide constant visibility into your company’s online security posture. Contact us today to learn more.