By Doron Davidson, Founder and VP of BD, SecBI.

Like most security-conscious enterprises, you’ve got lots of cybersecurity solutions installed – all of them best-in-class products that protect all of your known vulnerabilities. These products work great. But they don’t work together. And that’s the problem.

Here’s why.

Each cybersecurity system in an enterprise generates loads of data and alerts for the SOC team to handle. It’s a catch-22 of sorts. On one hand, thresholds are set very low to assure no anomalies or suspicious activity slips through. On the other hand, numerous false alerts are generated because the low threshold settings are triggered by the slightest variance or irregularity, even though it is probably harmless. One thing is clear. An alert generated is an alert that requires a response.

This is where your problem snowballs out of control.

SOC teams will tell you. It takes them too long to correlate and investigate all the alerts and other security data they get. That’s because the data from the various security systems is collected and managed in siloes. Each system monitors and generates alerts in its own specific area, unaware of alerts being generated by other systems. It’s up to the SOC team to pull the disparate data together, and it’s getting more difficult all the time. As a result, numerous alerts cannot be handled in a timely fashion and many fall through the cracks completely. SOC teams fall further behind every day and they’re stressed out by it. The rate of security analyst attrition due to alert fatigue is alarming (no pun intended), making it harder than ever to hire and retain people with cybersecurity skills.

Meanwhile, your organization is still under threat of cyberattack. You could replace an old cybersecurity system for a newer one that has more bells and whistles and is easier to use. But you’ll still have the same BIG problem, which is lots of security systems and data that operate independently. This lack of integration makes it very difficult to detect complex and stealthy threats and extremely cumbersome to remediate them, even with the best equipment. Also, you will never get a coherent and accurate picture of the attacks you’re experiencing and your success in fending them off.

Instead of adding expensive security personnel or patching up different point problems to make marginal detection and response improvements, XDR lets you start at the top and fix first things first.

XDR is an Extended Detection and Response platform that collects all the data from already-deployed network, endpoint, and cloud security tools, and brings it together for intelligent real-time analysis. This integration overlay automates your ability to see the full scope of a multi-vector attack and trace its root cause and full kill-chain.

With coordinated detection comes coordinated response. XDR automates the orchestration of security policy across all systems and coordinates remediation actions via existing endpoint agents. So rather than replace and upgrade, use XDR to extract more value from your existing security architecture.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) play a big part in XDR platforms. These technologies are used to synthesize multiple sources of data; to learn from every detection and remediation decision, and to continuously improve the organization’s ability to establish a coordinated and effective defense against complex cyberattacks. By automating formerly manual investigative and remediation processes, enterprises become much more efficient and effective in thwarting cyber threats, and are able to maximize investment in security personnel and tools already deployed.

XDR platforms come in two main flavors: proprietary XDR and universal XDR. The names are more or less self-explanatory. Proprietary XDR is championed by vendors like Palo Alto Networks and Trend Micro who are integrating their own portfolio of security products with their own XDR platform. Universal XDR platforms create an XDR overlay of cross-vendor integration and interoperability of already deployed endpoint, network, and cloud security tools.

The biggest drawback to proprietary XDR is vendor lock-in, but if your security architecture is already built around one vendor – it may be your best bet.

The biggest advantage of universal XDR is its vendor-agnostic approach. It does not matter how many different security systems and tools your organization has deployed. Universal XDR platforms provide a cloud-native XDR overlay to enable seamless and simple cross-product and cross-vendor integration.

There is no need to replace legacy tools or to align with a single vendor. On the contrary. Universal XDR extracts more value from the organization’s existing security architecture and actually leverages it for better and wider protection. This is of critical importance to enterprises that have invested millions in their security infrastructure.

By taking care of first things first with XDR, you will be able to drive dramatic improvement in the accuracy and speed of threat detection, hunting and response. What’s more, you’ll get way more value from existing security systems and may not need to make any of those point improvements you originally had in mind.

When it comes to enterprise cybersecurity 2021, take care of first things first – with XDR.  Let us show you how! Join us for a live demo of SecBI’s Universal XDR platform here