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What is XDR security?

Extended Detection and Response (XDR) is a security solution capable of unifying several threat defense tools into a holistic approach. 

In its Market Guide for Extended Detection and Response, Gartner defines XDR as “a platform that integrates, correlates and contextualizes data and alerts from multiple security prevention, detection and response components.”

EDR vs. XDR: What’s the difference?

While Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) security focuses on threats on endpoint devices, XDR solutions take a more comprehensive approach beyond endpoint protection.

Here are some of the technologies that XDR security can integrate:

  • Endpoints
  • Servers and clouds
  • Networks and firewall
  • Email and apps

Benefits of XDR cybersecurity

XDR platforms enable advanced threat detection and response because they:

  • Centralize risk management with more accurate detections, increasing defenses against vulnerabilities and unauthorized access.
  • Boost the productivity of the security team, enabling faster workflows through integrated alerts and unified incident response. 
  • Minimize the challenges of integrating different technologies, contributing to product consolidation and maximized return on investment (ROI) on technology spending. 

The XDR market is expanding, with growing adoption among smaller organizations. Gartner predicts that 40 percent of enterprises will use XDR tools by 2027 to help streamline security tooling and processes.

Unified threat detection and response with Armis and partners

To address the expanded attack surface, complete visibility and holistic protection are critical. Internet of the Things (IoT) assets, industrial control systems (ICS), and connected medical devices cannot accommodate security agents and thuscannot be secured with traditional security tools.

Armis helps organizations expand the visibility across all devices on their network and in their airspace. As an agentless device security solution, Armis works with all assets, helping to close the unmanaged device visibility gap.

Through the Armis Partner Experience (APEX) program, XDR vendors can integrate with the Armis platform to offer fully managed security protection. Armis is also a member of the Exabeam XDR Alliance and the CrowdXDR Alliance, working closely with XDR solution providers to enable unified threat investigation and response.