XDR - defined and explained
Extended detection and response (XDR) is a natural extension of the endpoint detection and response (EDR) concept, in which behaviours that occur after the threat prevention controls act are further inspected for potentially malicious, suspicious, or risky activity that warrant mitigation. The difference is simply the location (endpoint or beyond) where the behaviours occur.
XDR solutions are increasingly popular as organisations recognise the inefficiencies, and in many cases ineffectiveness, of security infrastructures comprised of many individual “best-of-breed” security products deployed from different vendors over time. Common challenges arising from this point-product approach include:
- Gaps in security: with each product operating in its own silo, opportunities often arise for cyberattacks to enter in between
- Too much security information: with each product generating individual alerts and other information, security teams can easily miss indicators of cyberattacks
- Uncoordinated response: with each product operating independently, it falls on the human operator to share information and coordinate response actions
Based on these experiences, many organisations are looking to consolidate security vendors and products in favour of integrated solution sets.
The Fortinet Security Fabric provides visibility and control across an organisation’s entire digital attack surface. FortiXDR is a cloud-native, cross-product detection and response solution that adds fully automated incident identification, investigation, and remediation across that Security Fabric.
Cross product incident identification
Fortinet continually develops analytics to match constantly evolving cyberattacks and techniques. These are applied to the correlated telemetry collected across the Security Fabric to identify potential cybersecurity incidents.
Fortinet continually trains a neural network-based decision engine to replicate the steps an expert SOC analyst would take to investigate and classify potential incidents with the aid of microservices.
Fortinet provides a straightforward remediation framework that enables each organisation to predefine, in a granular way, the appropriate steps to be taken based on classification, individual/group, and other considerations.
The FortiXDR difference
While plenty of security vendors offer multi-product suites or even portfolio-wide license agreements, they only simplify the procurement process rather than improve security posture and operations. With FortiXDR and the Fortinet Security Fabric, organisations benefit from:
- Broad and integrated security controls that cover the entire digital attack surface
- Broad and integrated security controls that cover the entire digital attack surface.
- Fully automated incident detection, investigation, and remediation.
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