Today, 67% of security leaders feel overwhelmed by the evolving threat landscape. Managed XDR is a proactive, efficient solution to gaining visibility into the security environment and stopping threats before they can affect your business. 

In this post, we will delve into what Microsoft XDR is and how it differs from other security solutions.

Microsoft XDR Defined

Often abbreviated as XDR, Extended Detection and Response, is defined by Gartner as an SaaS-based, vendor-specific threat detection and incident response tool that integrates multiple security products into a cohesive security operations system by unifying all licensed components. 

Microsoft’s XDR platform provides a solution for modern security challenges such as the integration of multi-cloud hybrid security environments. Microsoft XDR broadens the scope of security while eliminating silos by integrating protection across an organization’s endpoints, servers, cloud applications, emails, and more. From there, Microsoft XDR solutions combine threat prevention, detection, investigation, and threat response, providing visibility, analytics, and automated responses to mitigate the risk of cyber threats.   

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What is the difference between XDR and managed detection and response (MDR)? 

Both MDR and XDR provide organizations with tools and personnel for threat hunting and incident management. Both solutions act to augment an organization’s existing cybersecurity capabilities and respond to threats faster.  

Managed XDR or MXDR extends the MDR framework into the endpoint; effectively providing visibility into the entire security environment and all its attack surfaces. MXDR includes the ability to correlate telemetry data across the network to deploy a cohesive real-time response to identified threats across the security network. 

Today, MDR solutions often use XDR systems to meet an enterprise’s security needs, but not always. Learn what it means to be MXDR certified.  

What is the difference between XDR and endpoint detection and response (EDR)? 

Today, XDR represents an evolution of Endpoint Detection Response (EDR) that provides security teams with more information from the security environment, beyond just the endpoint.  

EDR is focused on providing in-depth visibility and threat prevention for a particular device to protect each endpoint. XDR takes a wider view, integrating security across an organization’s endpoints, servers, cloud applications, emails, and more. While EDR is a necessary and effective solution to protect an organization’s endpoints, XDR is designed to provide integrated visibility and threat management within a single solution to consolidate the security environment and remove silos within the network.

How does XDR work with SIEM? 

Microsoft XDR complements existing enterprise security information and event management (SIEM) systems like Microsoft Sentinel. Primarily, SIEM technology aggregates large quantities of shallow data and identifies security threats but cannot respond to or remediate threats. SIEMs typically require manual responses to anomalous behaviors. XDR takes advantage of the data SIEMs make available and offers automated response capabilities to protect against threats. 

Difenda MXDR

Difenda’s MDR for IT solution has recently achieved Microsoft MXDR solution status. Meaning we have proven our ability to integrate the Microsoft Security platform with our expert Security Operation Center (SOC). Providing 24/7/365 proactive hunting, monitoring, and response capabilities all built on tight integrations with the Microsoft Security platform.

With the evolving threat landscape and increased risk of cyber attacks, we understand security is front and center for our customers. Our solution combines expert-trained technology with human-led services and has been verified by Microsoft engineers to closely integrate Microsoft 365 Defender and Microsoft Sentinel for comprehensive service coverage across the Microsoft Security portfolio while combining our best-of-breed SIEM and EDR services.

Learn more about what you can achieve with Difenda MXDR. Read the case study.  

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