Stupid Is as Stupid Does: XDR Is About the Journey, Not the Destination

Stupid Is as Stupid Does: XDR Is About the Journey, Not the Destination


Music is lovely, isn’t it?


It has the ability to brighten days with upbeat bars or provide a comfortable place of solace and reflection via gentle, soothing notes. Whether you typically opt for Black Sabbath, Shakira, or Bob Marley, music meets our ears in many different ways – and harmony is not always one-size-fits-all. We recognize this when a friend, sibling, partner, or stranger earnestly (yet tonelessly) attempts to mimic Mariah Carey’s five-octave range, resulting in room-clearing screeches that can only be found in a nature documentary.


While I’m not a Grammy-winning artist myself, my point is that harmony is relatable and relevant across any industry, method, measure, or format – even security. Trends and messaging have increasingly pointed to the consolidation of everything across Security Operations Centers (SOC) so they can act in a harmonious manner, not missing a beat to provide protection across the entire enterprise. We’ve seen this as conversations shift from endpoint detection and response (EDR) to extended detection and response (XDR), with the latter promising lower total cost of ownership as well as improved protection and productivity. Who wouldn’t want this!


But the truth is, it isn’t lack of desire for full protection in the most cost-effective and efficient manner, but lack of knowledge or perceived roadblocks. Enterprises across the world have been affected by the global pandemic, uprooting familiar processes. Companies were forced to introduce quick, sometimes temporary solutions for larger systemic issues all without 100 percent certainty where endpoints may lie and what damage this vulnerability presents, especially as bad actors extort the chaos created by COVID-19 to double down on attacks.


This upheaval has started to settle down and enterprises now have more time and energy to audit their businesses and processes wi ..