Enterprise attack surfaces are growing exponentially as connected assets proliferate across networks. And while visibility has always been essential for managing security and IT operations, as environments become more complex, real-time visibility of every device on the network— including servers, workstations, IoT, OT, IoMT, mobile and cloud assets—has become paramount for maintaining a robust security posture.
The problem is that many types of IP-enabled assets, such as IoT and OT devices, can’t be supported with EDR, patching, or vulnerability management initiatives due to operating system and other design constraints. Moreover, even IT assets may be missing or have misconfigured agents. And assets with internet-facing vulnerabilities are ripe for compromise by attackers looking for an easy door into a corporate network.
To eliminate cumbersome manual data-gathering and correlation efforts on overstretched security teams and better control the attack surface, CISOs are increasingly turning to extended detection and response (XDR) solutions. XDR is a comprehensive approach to security that combines multiple data types and sources to give analysts a complete picture of what is happening across an organization’s attack surface. They combine the features of solutions for protecting endpoints, networks, the cloud, and other attack vectors into a comprehensive approach. And the most robust XDR approaches rely on unified visibility, deep asset intelligence, and real-time behavioral context to maximize protections.