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What Is EDR?
What Is XDR?
|Endpoints are typically user devices such as laptops, desktops, servers, and mobile devices that are connected to a network and are vulnerable to various cyber threats.
Endpoint detection and response (EDR) solutions use a combination of technologies such as behavioral analysis, machine learning, and threat intelligence to monitor and detect suspicious activities on endpoints, such as malware infections, unauthorized access, data exfiltration. Once the solution detects a threat, it generates an alert and provides information to security analysts to investigate and respond to the threat.
EDR solutions can also provide real-time monitoring, threat hunting, and incident response capabilities to help organizations quickly and effectively respond to security incidents. EDR solutions are an important part of a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy, as they provide additional layers of protection for endpoints that may not be covered by traditional security solutions such as firewalls and antivirus software.
|Extended detection and response (XDR) is a newer approach to cybersecurity that builds on the capabilities of EDR solutions. XDR is designed to address the limitations of traditional security solutions, which may not be able to detect and respond to sophisticated, multi-vector attacks, by extending visibility beyond the endpoint.
XDR solutions are typically cloud-based and integrate data from multiple sources, including endpoints, servers, network devices, and cloud services, to provide a more complete picture of an organization’s security posture. This allows XDR solutions to detect and respond to threats that may be missed by individual security products.
In addition, XDR solutions use advanced analytics and machine learning to identify and correlate security events across multiple data sources, helping to prioritize alerts and reduce false positives. XDR solutions can also automate incident response workflows to help organizations respond to threats more quickly and efficiently.
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Here are some key capabilities of EDR solutions:
XDR solutions go beyond endpoint protection and cover a wide range of threat detection and response capabilities across multiple environments, including endpoints, networks, cloud, and email. Here are some additional capabilities provided by XDR:
Both types of solutions share a similar purpose and approach to protecting organizations from endpoint threats. Both are designed to provide real-time threat detection and response capabilities. The main similarities include:
Despite having similar objectives, EDR and XDR solutions differ in these important ways:
Deciding whether to implement an EDR or XDR solution depends on an organization’s specific security needs and resources. However, there are some factors that may make XDR a better solution than EDR for some organizations.
One of the main advantages of XDR over EDR is its comprehensive approach to cybersecurity. XDR integrates data from multiple sources to provide a more holistic view of an organization’s security posture. This allows for better response to endpoints and other threats that may span multiple environments or attack vectors. In contrast, EDR only provides protection for individual endpoints across the network and may not detect threats that originate from other sources.
Another advantage of XDR is its ability to reduce the complexity of security operations. By providing a unified solution for threat detection and response across multiple environments, XDR can streamline security operations and reduce the need for multiple-point solutions. This can help to reduce the cost and resource requirements of cybersecurity operations.
When evaluating an endpoint solution, organizations should consider their specific security needs and resources. Factors to consider may include:
Cynet 360 AutoXDR is an autonomous breach protection platform that works on three levels, providing XDR, SOAR capabilities, and 24/7 MDR in one unified solution. Cynet natively integrates these three services into an end-to-end platform that fully automates many protection and response tasks.
Cynet’s XDR layer includes the following capabilities:
Cynet AutoXDR can be deployed across thousands of endpoints in less than two hours. It can be immediately used to uncover advanced threats and then perform automatic or manual remediation, disrupt malicious activity and minimize damage caused by attacks.
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