The Road to Security Maturity with Extended Detection and Response (XDR)

The Road to Security Maturity with Extended Detection and Response (XDR)

While mature enterprises can effectively defend themselves, less mature enterprises may face a lengthy and potentially dangerous path ahead. XDR allows immature enterprises to significantly reduce the time it takes to reach security maturity.

Corporate security is in a state of flux. Many organizations are well on their way to achieving security maturity, while others are just getting started. Given rising compliance issues and constantly evolving threats, that journey through the threat landscape must be accelerated.

Because connected computing and data protection were already key components of their business, some companies have been thinking about security for a long time. Others are still getting to grips with it, and if they don’t pick up the pace, they will face potentially dangerous repercussions.

As is frequently stated in the field of cybersecurity, attackers will take the path of least resistance. When attacking a large corporation, hackers may be deterred because, while they may be a more valuable target, the headache of attacking a security-mature enterprise is often not worth the expense. Instead, they will go next door — to a neighbor who is more easily exploitable.

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The presence of a SecOps team makes a significant impact in this situation. The difference between a mature and immature security posture is frequently the right combination of technologies and expertise in a specialized SecOps team. These days, that’s not easy. There is a global shortage of cybersecurity resources right now. According to the research “The Life and Times of Cybersecurity Professionals 2021 Volume V” by the ESG and ISSA, 76 percent of cybersecurity professionals experience problems recruiting security professionals.

That does not have to be the case, though. Organizations can achieve security maturity faster than they would think. Integrating existing capabilities, then streamlining and automating their operations such that even a small team can execute the work of a fully established SecOps team is the right way to go.

Many of today’s cybersecurity solutions are too complicated for a security team to handle. Even in mature enterprises, security teams are bombarded with false positive alerts and non-integratable tools that give them a patchwork view of their networks and often make visibility difficult.

To fully defend the enterprise, a complete picture of the infrastructure, including endpoints, cloud applications, and traditional on-premise networks is necessary. Today extended detection and response (XDR) is gaining traction to address precisely this type of issue. XDR provides visibility across a variety of business and security tools, allowing for a unified picture of the security program on a single platform.

It gathers data from all over the network, including endpoints, cloud data, email logs, servers and other sources, and leverages it to provide greater insights and faster responses. With that in hand, even small security teams can better investigate, detect, and respond to threats. XDRs also give security performance data and automate security operations, allowing a security team to continuously improve their practises and procedures.

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With the support of an outside incident response service, XDR users can speed up their path to security maturity by monitoring risks in the environment and providing customized threat intelligence as well as extended 24/7 coverage.

XDR is still in its infancy, and there are a slew of security providers touting their XDR capabilities. This ambiguity makes evaluating XDR solutions difficult. Vendors frequently promote XDR solutions that necessitate the purchase of individual point items or a suite from each vendor. This might make the solution highly costly, as well as entail a large-scale uprooting of a company’s existing tools and processes.

Open or hybrid, XDR is an attempt to make XDR vendor-neutral, allowing users to mix and match different tools to meet their individual needs. Companies can achieve the required visibility utilizing their existing tools rather than purchasing a slew of new ones from a single vendor. For those that can’t afford the maturity that comes with a mature SecOps team, this can be a force multiplier.

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