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                Understanding Managed XDR

                To stay ahead of the bad guys, you gotta stay ahead of the good guys, too

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                Working in the trenches of SecOps is hard enough. Threat actors are invariably a step ahead of the cybersecurity mainstream. In fact, their criminal success depends almost entirely on the fact that most SecOps teams play catch-up, rather than getting ahead of the curve. Most analysts aren’t even formally covering XDR as a category yet—let alone XDR as a managed service. That said, let’s get you up to speed on a cybersecurity innovation that has not yet become commonplace enough to get much attention from analysts, the press, or industry organizations: Managed XDR.

                Understanding Managed XDR


                XDR vs. EDR


                First, let’s clarify the difference between EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) and XDR (Extended Detection and Response).


                EDR monitors endpoint activity (desktops, servers, laptops, POS, etc.) for malicious indicators. This endpoint-centric approach once made sense as a next step in cybersecurity, because endpoints are typically where attackers gain their initial foothold in your environment—whether they do so by phishing, a webshell, or some other tactic.


                XDR, however, takes a more holistic approach—capturing and analyzing data from the cloud, the network, and other sources, including endpoints. XDR can correlate that data along with other threat intelligence inputs to prioritize alerts and even trigger remediation actions. This visibility and rapid response enablement is essential, because attackers have become extremely adept at maintaining a low profile at their initial site of endpoint penetration. So SecOps teams can no longer depend exclusively on discovery of suspicious endpoint activity. Instead, it’s essential to recognize combinations of behaviors that indicate an emerging attack.


                And that’s exactly what XDR provides: the ability to detect the groundwork being laid for an attack even when EDR alone doesn’t set off any alarms—because it can’t.


                Managed XDR (MXDR) vs. MDR


                Now let’s consider the role of a managed cybersecurity services partner on top of EDR or XDR implementations.


                In the case of EDR, the industry has already embraced the acronym MDR (Managed Detection and Response) to refer to the corresponding managed service. This is unfortunate, because MDR is really “MEDR.” That is, it’s simply the engagement of a managed services partner to use and manage your EDR tool for you. This managed option can be attractive to organizations with little or no in-house SecOps staff, since economies of scale enable cybersecurity service providers to operate clients’ EDR more cost-efficiently than they can themselves.


                Cyber Safety Isn’t Just About Being Smarter Than the Bad Guys

                It’s also about being faster than the other good guys, because there is tremendous safety in being just a slightly tougher target than your neighbor. Or, as the old joke goes, when you and your friends get attacked by a bear, you don’t have to outrun the bear. You just have to outrun your friends. So whether you embrace XDR or MXDR, you’ll definitely be ahead of the pack. And your organization will be much safer for it.

                Understanding Managed XDR
                Understanding Managed XDR
                View On-Demand Is Managed XDR Right for You?

                This webinar will introduce Managed XDR. After a brief primer on XDR technology, you’ll learn how Managed XDR differs from both unmanaged XDR, as well as Managed EDR offerings; what benefits organizations can gain from Managed XDR, as well as what pitfalls to watch for, and finally, tips for how to plan a transition to Managed XDR.

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