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Faced with an increase in cybercrime, cybersecurity has become a dominant concern for companies in recent years. IT managers are beginning to realize that their security architecture must be able to adapt to constant change if they want to stay ahead of the game. Let’s explore how real the threats are and what effective systems should be in place to deter them.
Cyber threats: what is your organization at risk?
According to the United States Chamber of Commerce, there are 31.7 million small businesses in America, representing 99.9% of all American businesses. As cyberattack threats are on the rise, 88% of small business owners admit they are vulnerable and are concerned about available solutions at affordable costs. Recent headlines make it clear that cyberattacks affect all organizations indiscriminately, regardless of industry or size. In fact, the global costs of cybercrime continue to rise and are expected to reach $10.5 trillion by 2025, according to Cybersecurity Almanac 2022 forecasts.
Beyond frequency, cyberattacks are also becoming more complex. Aided by technology, cybercriminals are developing threats capable of entering systems through multiple entry points, making detection more difficult and threats’ chances of success higher.
All this leads to the conclusion that detection and response solutions focusing exclusively on workstations are no longer sufficient to guarantee optimal protection for an organization.
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XDR: The future of cybersecurity?
From the EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response), the XDR (Extended Detection and Response) ecosystem offers to go even further by bringing together several products within the same incident detection and response platform. This cross-infrastructure capability is the common denominator of XDR, which stands out at this stage as an optimal solution to prevent cyberattacks.
Fully automated, this system replaces the detection and investigation processes previously carried out manually by internal resources. Due to its “widespread” nature, an XDR interface can scan and detect multiple security vectors, such as network, cloud, email, and other third-party security points.
This ability to provide a one-stop-shop automates much of the diagnosis and decision-making for those affected by relieving them of time-consuming and administrative tasks.
While XDR is well and truly within reach of any organization, realizing its full benefits depends on the organization’s cybersecurity maturity. Organizations that do not have the resources (software or human) are obviously likely to benefit from such a solution. On the other hand, mid- to high-mature cybersecurity organizations, which may already have the resources, will see an advantage in automating data understanding, leaving people free to further mitigate threats.
What to Look for in an XDR Vendor
In the long term, any company that plans to equip itself with an XDR interface seeks to maximize its operational efficiency by reducing the risks impacting the company’s security. When evaluating XDR suppliers, it is then necessary to check whether the proposed solutions allow:
- More accurate detection, leading to more accurate prevention.
- Better adaptability to the evolution of technologies and infrastructures.
- Fewer blind spots and a better overview.
- Faster detection time or mean time to detection (MTTD).
- Faster fix time or average response time (MTTR).
- Faster and more accurate investigations (fewer false positives) for better control over the entire IT infrastructure.
When evaluating vendors, look under the hood and ask questions. Ask, for example, whether data from all distinct vectors has been automatically assessed and sorted, and whether or not the system provides meaningful and actionable next steps. Ultimately, it’s essential to partner with a company that will help your business stay ahead of the competition and properly weaponize it against new emerging threats.
Aparna Rayasam is Product Manager at Trellix.
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