eXtended Detection and Response (XDR) technology has transformed the cybersecurity paradigm by enhancing visibility and threat detection, providing unprecedented response capabilities. It is a tool capable of monitoring the different security layers of a company, generating a single pane that unifies the detections produced in these layers.
After this detection process, XDR solutions group data into incidents and analyze them, prioritizing response action based on how critical mitigation is in each case. They also strengthen security by combining different technologies that generate more accurate detections than when they work separately. XDR provides unified visibility into all a company's internal data and systems, automatically detects and responds to sophisticated attacks, which streamlines response procedures and increases the productivity of the security team.
What should you bear in mind when choosing an XDR provider?
According to IBM data, the global cost of data breaches reached $4.45 billion in 2023, a 15% growth in the last three years. Although this data is alarming, there are increasingly advanced solutions on the market that can protect organizations from these cyberattacks.
To find the right XDR provider for your organization, it is essential to understand your business’s specific needs and how the proposed solution can be integrated with your existing security architecture. There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the most suitable XDR provider for your company:
- A single security platform: Deploying a large set of tools that provide a high level of security but are siloed (i.e., they do not work together) can be a double-edged sword as each solution works independently of the others. Grouping solutions together on the same security platform, where they can communicate with each other, delivers efficiencies that are worth considering.
- Easy to deploy and manage: An XDR solution does not have to be complicated to configure and implement. Options are available to provide a unified and intuitive user experience that simplifies adaptation and learning substantially.
- Extended visibility: The solution needs to provide greater visibility of your IT infrastructure, including desktops, laptops, servers, and networks, generating correlated detections to ensure more accurate and effective threat detection.
- Automated response: This can counter threats quickly and efficiently, thereby minimizing incident response time. As we know, slow detection times and inaccurate response actions enable the threat to spread and, if the attack is successful, this can result in further downtime and data loss, so automation is crucial.
- Behavioral analytics: AI-based behavioral analytics are essential to identify anomalous patterns that could indicate malicious activity.
- Scalability: It is important that they can easily adapt as your company's needs change, without compromising performance.
Reasons to implement XDR technology through an MSP
Integrating multiple security products from different vendors can be complicated, time-consuming, and require specialized knowledge and expertise. Managing the solution after integration into the system adds to this complexity.
The efforts and costs this process entails lead many organizations to work with managed service providers (MSPs). Outsourcing security and other critical IT functions to trusted partners with extensive industry experience is an effective way to fill that gap and leverage MSPs’ experience with customers in similar implementations. MSP services can help organizations improve security, enabling them to make a difference in the viability of their business by extending their IT security capabilities.
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