The Future of the SOC Is XDR

The Future of the SOC Is XDR

Extended detection and response (XDR) is increasingly gaining traction across the industry. In a new research ebook sponsored by Rapid7, SOC Modernization and the Role of XDR, ESG identified that 61% of security professionals claim that they are very familiar with XDR technology. While this is an improvement from ESG’s 2020 research (when only 24% of security professionals were very familiar with XDR), 39% are still only somewhat familiar, not very familiar, or not at all familiar with XDR. Security professionals are still unsure of all the associated capabilities that they can leverage with XDR, and frankly how to define the solution. ESG reports that 55% of respondents say that XDR is an extension of endpoint detection and response (EDR), while 44% believe XDR is a detection and response product from a single security technology vendor or an integrated and heterogeneous security product architecture designed to interoperate and coordinate on threat prevention, detection, and response. Nevertheless, XDR remains to be standardized in the industry.

Keeping up with threats

XDR, as defined by Rapid7, goes beyond simple data aggregation. It unifies and transforms relevant security data across a modern environment to detect real attacks. XDR provides security teams with high context and actionable insights to extinguish threats quickly. With XDR, organizations can operate efficiently, reduce noise, and help zero in on attacks early.

According to ESG, security professionals seem to have a number of common XDR use cases in mind. 26% of security professionals want XDR to help prioritize alerts based on risk, 26% seek improved detection of advanced threats, 25% want more efficient threat/forensic investigations, 25% desire a layered addition to ex ..

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