It’s Time for SOC to Adopt XDR

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It’s Time for SOC to Adopt XDR

Threat actors today are  not satisfied with only targeting the endpoint; they want simultaneously to carry their attacks on SaaS solutions, identities, or assets on the cloud or premise. Hence, SOC’s need to consider the adoption of XDR solutions to mitigate attacks and reduce their impact.

As enterprises rushed their digital transformation journey to sustain themselves in the market, experts believe they have not paid ample attention to the cybersecurity threats they could encounter on their journey. Opting for Extended Detection and Response or XDR solution enables enterprises to tackle cyber threats compared to the traditional approach Data Lake methodologies.

Since the emergence of COVID-19, SOC teams are always under the pressure of alert fatigue, dealing with remote workforce challenges and always catching and patching the vulnerabilities as their enterprises are rapidly integrating the cloud-based tools and technologies in the infrastructure. Since XDR solutions have a cloud-native architecture and help to tackle the threats beyond endpoints, the SOC teams with a stronghold in cloud and SaaS adoption can reap the benefits.

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Below are a few scenarios that make a strong case for SOC teams to adopt XDR solutions:

  • Triumphing over Data Lake

There’s a common misconception in the enterprise world that the path to achieving security maturity requires collecting massive amounts of data and then inserting it into a SIEM, where experts and analysts can go through it and identify the hidden threats. But, it requires a lot of manual labor that is time-consuming and can even result in a huge investment.

As XDR solutions are threat-focused, they have the ability to most relevant data essential to make informed decisions. By removing the necessity for analysts to focus on proprietary search languages, XDR enables SOC teams to filter and shift between data sets at a much faster rate.

As XDR solutions are driven-by automation and orchestration, the errors that occur from human effort are significantly reduced.

  • Protecting attacks against remote workforce

Today the endpoints – desktops, laptops, servers, and other mobile devices have emerged as a way to sustain their businesses. However, these devices often have to interact with third-party cloud and hosted services which are not under the control of most enterprises.

Also, the SOC teams have to frequently engage with the staff to help them out when their systems are exposed to stealing and abusing cloud credentials. XDR breaks the silos between the endpoint, cloud and on-premise solutions and brings them together into a multi-dimensional view. Also, since all these functions are interoperable, XDR can easily identify and stop the attack across a diverse network.

Everything-as-a-Service

The recent events related to cybersecurity have forced enterprises to significantly pivot their investments towards cybersecurity tools. This includes adopting technologies that provide user and entity behavior analytics to identify suspicious activities and anomalies.

But even these tools fail to provide a whole picture and thus reduce the chances to understand the nature of attack effectively. Implementing XDR can bridge the gap by the coupling of device and identity context to identify vulnerabilities.

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Today the responsibilities of SOC are becoming more and more dynamic. Tackling the ever-evolving attacks and supporting the constantly upgrading enterprise infrastructure has made it increasingly difficult for SOC teams to operate with the traditional threat detection tools at their disposal. With XDR, they are empowered to handle their task and deliver a better outcome-focused approach.