What is Extended Detection & Response? XDR explained

Extended Detection and Response isn't a luxury tool; it's a necessity. To ensure longevity, efficient cyber security must be a core priority of businesses in any sector. With an ever-growing reliance on digital software, the risk of cyber-attacks has never been higher.  

According to the newest UK Government Cyber Security Breaches Survey, 59% of medium-sized businesses experienced an attack between 2022-2023. The risk for large companies is even higher, with 69% reporting a breach over the same period.

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Reactive cyber security that addresses issues after the fact is costing businesses. Instead, your security processes need to be proactive

That's where Extended Detection & Response comes in. 

Defining Extended Detection & Response

Extended Detection and Response (XDR) adds harmony and connectivity to your security tools. XDR security collates threat data from separate, isolated tools and integrates them for a simplified solution. 

This type of defensive cyber security provides greater data visibility of an organisation's entire technology stack, allowing Security Operations Centre (SOC) teams to perform efficient threat detection, investigation, and response from one optimised platform. 

XDR accesses security telemetry from endpoints, cloud workloads, network email, applications, and more for an all-encompassing security solution. Through applying analytics and automation to find, hunt, and remediate potential threats, XDR can evolve your cyber security. 

Combining data from multiple tools in your network, XDR paints a more complete picture of potential threats, unifying findings into a streamlined single console. Much like Self-Healing IT, XDR is an anticipatory, intelligent solution that remains the future of cyber security. 

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Comparing XDR with other detection and response technologies 

Extended Detection and Response is unlike any other detection and response alternatives. It's the most complete option. 

Often confused with other detection and response tools, XDR remains the enhanced tool when overhauling a business's cyber security. 

Unlike XDR, the popular Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) only provides detection and response for endpoints. It's helpful, but makes your cyber security less robust than XDR. 

Similar detection and response tools focus on specific security risks. Network Detection and Response (NDR) is one that specifically monitors communications within a network to detect threats while Identity Threat Detection and Response (ITDR) find threats to all Service and Privileged accounts. These have benefits, but only XDR detects threats from multiple tools and sources. 

Using XDR to amplify your cyber security

Many businesses today use siloed security tools. According to the Ponemon Institute's Cyber Resilient Organisation Study, organisations are averaging 45 different tools in their network with little to no connectivity. Having separate tools to manage puts your Security Operations Centre at a disadvantage, as it decreases the ability to detect an attack. 

XDR helps by improving the visibility of security data from all these tools. By ingesting findings from all these sources, XDR can analyse threats, detect potential breaches, and present these findings on a single, integrated platform. XDR applications combine security to create unity. 

By streamlining your cyber security, XDR boosts productivity. Threats are easier to find, and the sophisticated analytics and correlation tools ensure your team is only alerted to high-priority threats. Your SOC can now focus on what's important. 

Automation and AI learning within XDR software further enhances your cyber security. Automation can reduce a team's workload, which is crucial in a world where multiple security teams are overstretched. As an advancing tool, AI capabilities make XDR scalable and well-suited to your business for the future. Using machine learning, XDR can build profiles of suspicious behaviour for analyst review. 

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Our approach to XDR

Recognising each business as an individual is crucial to our cybersecurity process. There is no one-size-fits-all XDR solution. Instead, we analyse your business needs to provide a precise, tailored plan to bolster your cyber security.  

XDR is a core aspect of our cyber security as we prioritise proactive solutions to grow confidence in your security options. Having more data to analyse allows for enhanced cyber security; utilising XDR makes yours more knowledgeable.

A custom XDR solution can empower your organisation to manage threats and thrive in the digital age. Deploying red team services to audit your defences, blue team services to fortify your protection, and white team services to bolster your troops, we offer an entire suite of cyber security for complete protection.  

XDR: The future of cyber security

Cyber security performs best when it is less complex. XDR allows your security options to be managed more efficiently, improving the flexibility of your cyber security ecosystem. Integrating well with most businesses' existing security stack, XDR is a hassle-free enhancement that provides top-level protection while improving your processes. 

XDR is more than minimising the effects of a security breach; its dynamism helps you prevent them.  



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