What is XDR (Extended Detection and Response)? Does my business need it?

Cybercriminals’ tools, like all technology, are evolving and becoming more sophisticated. As a result, many companies are advancing their security to detect and remediate sophisticated, fast-paced attacks by deploying multiple defence solutions across multiple platforms (workstations, cloud, devices). The XDR approach assumes the worst and is aimed at detecting the tell tail fingerprints of hacker activity across your systems.

What is XDR?

Extended detection and response (XDR) is a security solution that examines data and logs across multiple systems, including Microsoft365, internal servers, endpoints and network equipment to quicky identify active threats and exploits.

Attackers attempt to avoid detection whilst they are actively extending their access and trying to understand the nature of your data, vulnerabilities and intellectual property.

XDR takes a “whole picture” approach by using machine learning to highlight anomalies allowing the security team to hunt, identify, analyse, and remediate threats faster and prevent data loss and security breaches.

How does XDR work?

XDR continuously collects data from all systems and presents threats and anomalies in one unified dashboard. The main aim of XDR systems is to:

Detect: security systems may often give many false positives. This is not a negative as you want all potential threats to be flagged, but it can be overwhelming for security teams and take them away from more significant tasks. XDR systems analyse the data and warnings then links context enabling it to filter high-priority alerts from reports that don’t need attention. This means your security team can focus on the most serious potential threats.

Prevent: XDR systems correlate data to automatically detect threats by using advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). This means XDR uses AI to detect potentially dangerous behaviour and automatically disrupt and prevent an attack. XDR can generate profiles of suspicious behaviour using machine learning and alert your team to a potential threat allowing them to rapidly respond.

Predict: XDR will continuously monitor your company systems for potential security threats and will automatically investigate, remediate, prioritise, and alert on known risks in real-time. By continuously monitoring for threats, your company’s cybersecurity teams’ work is simplified, and difficult-to-detect threats are identified and contained before they become a serious issue.

Respond: XDR can detect and contain threats, as well as change security policies to prevent them from happening again. In response to a threat, XDR can terminate malicious processes and identify compromised users. Because XDR prioritises threat data by severity, your team is only notified of high-priority threats, allowing them to respond quickly to any significant potential breaches.

Why XDR matters to your business

Traditional endpoint security solutions are no longer sufficient to detect advanced cyber threats. Cybercriminals are using more sophisticated technology to avoid detection, so your security teams need greater visibility to rapidly respond and shut down potential attacks. XDR does this by providing visibility that traditional security solutions can’t, as well as strengthening and simplifying your security processes through automation and a unified dashboard.

Ensuring that your employees, systems, applications and importantly, customer data, is fully protected against potential security breaches with XDR, you will have more time to focus on your business’ strategic priorities.

To understand more about the benefits of XDR and how it can protect your business from cybercriminals, contact CyberPro’s team of security experts today.

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Ian Ward

CyberPro Founder & CEO

With 40+ years of experience in IT, there isn’t much Ian can’t advise you on. Since the advent of the internet, he’s been keeping businesses like yours ahead of the technology curve and cybercriminals. His #1 passion is and has always been providing outstanding customer service.

Trevor O’Shea

Senior Network Engineer | 8 Years

Adding another 40+ years’ IT experience to our team, Trevor has designed and worked in large Enterprise networks. He’s our Server and Infrastructure guy, helping us build robust cyber secure servers and networks. He’s responsible for designing and maintaining servers, networks, firewalls, and security devices.  Trevor has been with CyberPro 8 Years

Karena Powis

Accounts & Administration | 11 Years

Karena has an accounting degree and 10 years experience working with CyberPro. The team relies on her for the smooth running of all aspects of administration and accounts. Karena is a whizz in internal accounting systems and the person you’ll chat to about your account.  Karena has been with CyberPro 11 Years.

Matt Jones

Senior Engineer | 6 Years

Matt brings 15+ years of IT experience in Internet service providers, web hosting, and data warehousing. He’s our go-to for web security and Microsoft Office 365 advanced management. Beyond his expertise in web and email cyber security, he also assists clients with cyber security accreditation.  Matt has been with CyberPro 6 Years

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After 3 years with CyberPro, there’s not much Jenny doesn’t do. Her responsibilities cover coordinating the help desk, client liaison, logistics, ordering, license renewals, quotations, contract administration. Jenny is our ISO9001 quality champion, and been with CyberPro for 6 Years

Michael Visser

Senior Engineer | 6 Years

With over 30 years of experience in IT, including huge rollouts of technology in the armed forces and large Enterprises, Michael’s our automation and templated system builds whizz. He supports the remote management systems that let us upgrade hundreds of systems at the press of a button.  Michael has been with CyberPro for 6 Years.

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