As cybersecurity prevention tactics continue to evolve and adapt to current trends, we've seen new terms thrown into the mix in conversation such as Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) and Extended Detection and Response (XDR). In IBM's 2022 Cost of a Data Breach Report, analysis on XDR trends were covered for the first time, highlighting the trend towards modernized cyber security solutions. It noted that out of all the organizations that were interviewed as part of the developmental phase of the report, 44% said they were actively using XDR technology and that they were able to contain a breach almost an entire month quicker than if they had not implemented XDR.
So, while we know that EDR and XDR are both methodologies that help combat cyber threats at an organizational level, there are some key differences between the two:
- Scope: EDR typically focuses on detecting and responding to threats on individual endpoints such as desktops, laptops, servers, and mobile devices. XDR, on the other hand, extends the scope to include multiple endpoints, networks, and cloud environments.
- Data Sources: EDR typically relies on endpoint data such as logs and events, whereas XDR integrates data from multiple sources such as network traffic, cloud infrastructure, and endpoints.
- Analytics: EDR solutions are designed to analyze endpoint data using techniques such as behavioral analysis and machine learning to detect threats. XDR, on the other hand, uses a combination of data from multiple sources to provide more context to threat analysis.
- Response: EDR solutions are typically focused on responding to threats on individual endpoints, whereas XDR solutions offer a broader response capability that can help contain and mitigate threats across multiple endpoints, networks, and cloud environments.
Overall, while EDR and XDR share some similarities, XDR represents a more comprehensive, hollistic approach to cybersecurity that provides more complete threat visibility and response capabilities across an organization's entire IT environment. You can learn more in our co-authoured whitepaper with Cynet, one of our key partners in XDR and EDR technologies
Additionally, if you'd like to learn more about these technologies, and experience a live demo of how it actually works in real time, reach out to us to have a conversation.