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To help Security Operation Center (SOC) teams identify, look into, and resolve threats, extended detection and response (XDR) capabilities offer visibility and actionable information across networks, clouds, endpoints, and applications.¬† The six telemetry sources‚ÄĒendpoint, network, firewall, email, identity, and DNS‚ÄĒthat Security Operations Center (SOC) operators deem essential for an extended detection and response (XDR) solution are natively analyzed and correlated by Cisco XDR. Using Cisco XDR, security teams may leverage insights and data from various sources, such as the network, to detect threats beyond the endpoint.

Cisco XDR offers a smooth installation into current architectures and consistent results independent of vendor or solution thanks to turnkey, carefully chosen connections with third-party safety equipment and the broad Cisco Security solutions range. Cisco XDR does more than just aggregate data‚ÄĒit correlates telemetry. Doing this lowers the number of false positives and sends incidents prioritized according to their possible risk and environmental impact. Put differently, it enables your employees to concentrate on the real threats. Additionally, it ensures you see the whole picture by enhancing detections with threat intelligence from Talos to offer context and asset insights. Security teams may confidently respond to threats, improve SOC effectiveness, and automate operations for a more proactive security posture by executing XDR correctly.

Security Analytics and Correlation

An extensive range of events and telemetry can be ingested by the integrated data analysis and correlation engine in Cisco XDR, also known as Cisco XDR analytics. That includes flow logs from private and public clouds, EDR security events, and more. Depending on the licensing tier, Cisco XDR analytics may consume both Cisco and third-party data. This analytics engine offers users completely connected incidents based on a range of detections and correlation algorithms. The whole image of a multi-stage attack is revealed by the correlation of security events over time.

 

Network Telemetry Ingestion

As more workloads move to the public cloud and the variety of devices used by users on the private network increases, Cisco security operations teams frequently encounter “blind spots” in their settings. To succeed, enemies must communicate with the network through several attacks. Network traffic from public clouds and on-premises networks can be gathered by Cisco XDR analytics, which can then be used to identify hosts, develop a picture of typical host activity, and send out alerts when device behavior varies in a way that affects an organization’s network security. These warnings are then utilized for attack chains and incorporated into the incident management correlation procedure.

 

Asset Context

The Cisco XDR Insights capability expands the integration architecture to gather information on device inventory and condition. A single asset inventory that can be utilized to give investigations and insightful reports context is created by uniquely combining data from ciso security solutions with traditional device managers. All of the information regarding a gadget is integrated into one page. It also enables defining a device’s “value,” which is important for XDR incident scoring. Assets that are part of an event will be visible during the review, investigation, and response phases.

 

Incident Response

Reacting to a breach as soon as it’s detected, logged, and enriched is imperative. That can be accomplished by cisco security analysts and incident responders using the integrated Response Playbook. Following the SANS “PICERL” incident response concept, contextual playbooks offer a step-by-step, directed response for occurrences. The playbook uses native XDR Automated workflows to fuel its operations. These workflows expedite your response time by acting on the items you have integrated. You can collaborate with your team, check previously completed work related to the incident, and submit notes with pertinent facts in the incident’s work log. In the reaction playbook, you may also examine a record of actions performed, including the automatic response actions that have carried out.

 

Threat Intelligence

In addition to the intelligence already there in Cisco Talos, it is feasible to include other threat sources in the Cisco XDR platform. That provides important background information while conducting threat hunts or enriching occurrences. This threat intelligence can consist of simple reputations or more intricate connections between known threat actors, attack tools, and methodologies. With the Cisco XDR Investigate functionality, users may enable several Cisco and third-party intelligence sources and access all of them simultaneously natively in investigations.

 

Threat Hunting

Advanced threat hunting is achievable with the help of the Cisco XDR Investigate capability, which offers a thorough yet user-friendly interface. Cisco XDR will query all interfaces during an investigation to obtain local and global threat intelligence, as well as any reports of spotted instances of the objects under investigation within your environment. After that, this is standardized for the CTIM data model. After that, you can see a configurable chronology in a graph view of every artifact you are looking into. You can also use a table view and graph filters to focus on particular elements rapidly.

 

Custom Automation Workflows

Thanks to Cisco XDR Automation, creating automated workflows doesn’t have to involve writing any code. These workflows may communicate with various systems and resources, including those from Cisco and other vendors. The parent component, or automation workflow, functions similarly to a script in conventional programming. A workflow might be straightforward, consisting of a few steps, or it can be intricate, involving numerous steps for various products.

 

Automation Workflow Exchange

You can easily locate and install new automation workflows with the Cisco XDR Automation Exchange using an installation wizard. That enables you to quickly find fresh, well-chosen material and implement it with just a few clicks. With the 1-Click Install wizard, you can quickly find helpful workflows on the Exchange page and expedite the workflow import procedure. Products can filter exchange, and commonly used workflows can be seen.

Cisco XDR offers a wide range of benefits for organizations looking to enhance their security posture and protect against advanced threats. Here are some of the key benefits of Cisco XDR:

 

  • Unified Threat Visibility:¬†Cisco XDR provides a centralized platform that consolidates and correlates security data across your organization, allowing you to gain a holistic view of your security environment. This unified visibility helps you identify and respond to threats more effectively.
  • Real-time Threat Detection:¬†XDR employs advanced threat detection techniques and machine learning to identify threats in real-time. It can detect known and unknown threats, enabling rapid response to potential security incidents.
  • Incident Investigation and Response:¬†The solution streamlines the investigation process by providing detailed information about security incidents. It offers automated response actions and playbooks to help security teams respond to threats efficiently.
  • Reduced Dwell Time:¬†By quickly identifying and responding to threats, XDR helps reduce the dwell time of cyber threats in your network. That minimizes the potential damage and data loss associated with prolonged attacks.
  • Threat Intelligence Integration:¬†Cisco XDR integrates with threat intelligence feeds, enhancing its ability to identify and respond to emerging threats. It leverages up-to-date threat intelligence to protect your organization better.

Simplify security procedures

Your security operations are streamlined with a platform that interfaces with third-party services and natively links to Cisco solutions.

Utilize prioritizing based on context.

You may concentrate on the biggest threats and predict what will happen next with the help of actionable threat intelligence and a strategy supported by evidence.

Accelerate your remediation

Thanks to built-in automated response features, your security teams may operate with greater efficiency and proactivity.

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FAQs

Extended detection and response, or XDR, uses analytics and automation to find, evaluate, hunt down, and remove threats now and in the future. It provides insight into data across networks, clouds, endpoints, and applications.

The following are some of the main distinctions between XDR and EDR: Focus: Endpoint protection, comprehensive device visibility, and threat prevention are the main goals of endpoint data recovery (EDR). XDR adopts a broader perspective, incorporating cloud computing, email, endpoint security, and other technologies.

The two main categories of XDR are open and native. Native XDR offers a single platform, while Open XDR concentrates on third-party connectors.

Extended detection and response, or XDR, gathers and dynamically correlates data from email, endpoints, servers, cloud workloads, and networks, among other security layers. Security analysis enables quicker threat identification and better investigation and reaction times.

Ultimately, XDR enhances EDR rather than replaces it by offering a comprehensive perspective of a company’s security posture and facilitating more efficient threat identification and response.

Extended detection and response, or XDR, gathers and automatically analyzes data from email, endpoints, servers, cloud workloads, and networks, among other security layers. Security analysis enables quicker threat identification and better investigation and reaction times.