The 10 Hottest XDR Security Companies To Watch In 2022
From blocking endpoint attacks used by sophisticated nation-state and criminal adversaries to integrating with non-endpoint data sources, here are 10 vendors vying for XDR security dominance.
Thwarting Attacks With Confidence
Extended detection and response (XDR) is an early-stage market, and XDR products currently on the market have disparate feature sets based on their maturity, native portfolio, and vision for the Security Operations Center (SOC), according to Forrester. Mature providers offer native, cross-telemetry detection and investigation, but may have limited response ability and no orchestration capabilities.
Sophisticated XDR vendor combine the best elements of their portfolios, including industry-leading products, to simplify incident response and build targeted, highly effective detection mechanisms, Forrester said. In contrast, Forrester said less mature providers use XDR as a unifying layer for their portfolio, adding little value to users and organizations.
Vendors in between have emerging and native and hybrid XDR features but are still very early stage and most highlight their endpoint detection and response (EDR) capabilities, Forrester found. But many of the vendors with nascent XDR capabilities have aggressive roadmaps fueled by acquisitions and a heavy focus on research and development to get them up to speed in the next year, according to Forrester.
From dramatically reducing alerts and improving the productivity of security teams to blocking endpoint attacks used by sophisticated nation-state and criminal adversaries and integrating with non-endpoint data sources, here’s a look at 10 cybersecurity vendors who are far along the path of delivering the vision of XDR.
Bitdefender GravityZone Ultra combines protection with Extended Endpoint Detection and Response (XEDR) to help organizations defend endpoint infrastructure like workstations, servers, and containers during the threat lifecycle. The cross-endpoint event correlation combines the granularity and rich security context of EDR with the infrastructure-wide analytics of XDR.
By incorporating risk analytics for endpoint and user-generated risks and hardening innovations natively, Bitdefender said it minimize the endpoint attack surface, making it tougher for attackers to penetrate. Bitdefender said its risk analytics engine continuously assesses endpoint security misconfigurations and user behaviors, providing an easy-to-understand prioritized list of security posture enhancements.
The new EDR from Bitdefender extends EDR analytics and event correlation capabilities beyond the boundaries of a single endpoint to help organizations deal more effectively with complex cyberattacks involving multiple endpoints. And the XEDR provides businesses with threat visualizations at the organizational level so they can focus their investigations and respond more effectively.
CrowdStrike Falcon XDR has endpoint protection at its core and synthesizes multi-domain telemetry to provide security teams with one unified, threat-centric command console. Falcon XDR takes EDR to the next level with consolidated, multi-platform telemetry that dramatically enhances threat correlation and speeds response times against sophisticated attacks.
The product accelerates threat analysis and hunting by transforming previously siloed, disconnected data into strong, cross-platform attack indicators, insights, and alerts. Falcon XDR also turns insights into orchestrated action, empowering security teams to design and automate multi-stage, multi-platform response workflows for surgical, full-stack remediation.
CrowdStrike’s purpose-built XDR integrations and an open data schema streamline telemetry ingestion, parsing and mapping to provide unmatched visibility across the entire environment. Plus advanced Falcon XDR analytics automatically detect stealthy threats, eliminating the need for security teams to write, tune and maintain detection rules.
The Cybereason XDR Platform moves beyond endless alerting to instead recognize, expose, and end malicious operations before they take hold. Using one agent, one console, and one team to defend all endpoints, the AI-driven Cybereason XDR Platform was designed to expose contextualized views of the full narrative of an attack.
Cybereason XDR tracks, visualizes, and ends malicious operations with the full attack story from root cause across every affected endpoint, device, user identity, application, and cloud deployment. The platform analyzes, adapts, and moves faster than attackers, eliminating everything from commodity attacks to targeted threats in minutes rather than days.
The platform leverages automated and single-click remediation across the entire ecosystem to end attacks and dramatically reduce the need for lengthy analyst investigations. Cybereason XDR provides endpoint protection, extended attack surface protection, security operations optimization, and posture and incident management to identify and end attacks faster.
Elastic Limitless XDR makes it simple to search, visualize, and analyze all of an organization’s cloud, user, endpoint and network data in just seconds and add new data with integrations, plug-ins, and custom connectors. Organizations can explore years of historical data in minutes thanks to Elastic making low-cost object stores like AWS S3, Microsoft Azure Storage, and Google Cloud Storage fully searchable.
Limitless XDR stops advanced threats with host-based behavior analytics and cross-environment machine learning to prevent malware and ransomware on every operating system. The platform automates detection with MITRE ATT&CK-aligned rules developed by Elastic security researchers, and advances program maturity by leveraging contributions from across the global Elastic community.
Organizations using Elastic Limitless XDR can quickly grasp an unfolding attack by correlating all relevant data in one intuitive user interface and glean insights with analyst-driven correlation and simplified host inspection. The product also makes it possible to seamlessly access internal and external context and respond rapidly with a nimble UI, built-in case management, and a growing set of external automations.
Microsoft 365 Defender is an XDR platform that automatically collects, correlates, and analyzes signal, threat, and alert data from across an organization’s Microsoft environment, including endpoint, email, applications, and identities. The platform leverages extensive artificial intelligence and automation to automatically stop attacks and remediate affected assets to a safe state.
The platform is a cloud-based, unified, pre- and post-breach enterprise defense suite that coordinates prevention, detection, investigation, and response via endpoints, identities, apps, email, collaborative applications, and all of their data. Defender for Office 365 tests email attachments and makes it so that emails with harmful attachments aren’t actionable by the user or prevents the mail from arriving at all.
Defender for Endpoint detects device and network vulnerabilities that might otherwise be exploited, while Defender for Identity takes note of sudden account changes like privilege escalation or high-risk lateral movement. And Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps notices anomalous behavior like impossible-travel, credential access, and unusual download, file share, or mail forwarding activity.
Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks Cortex XDR gathers and integrates security data to stop sophisticated attacks, unifying prevention, detection, investigation, and response for security and operational efficiency. The Cortex XDR agent safeguards endpoints from malware, exploits, and fileless attacks with behavior-based protection, allowing organizations to stop never-before-seen threats with a single cloud-delivered agent.
Cortex XDR identifies evasive threats by continuously profiling user and endpoint behavior, and machine learning models analyze data to uncover stealthy attacks targeting managed and unmanaged devices. The platform’s agent offers a complete prevention stack with cutting-edge protection for exploits, malware, ransomware, and fileless attacks.
The platform also accelerates investigations by providing a complete picture of every threat and automatically revealing the root cause. Cortex XDR’s intelligent alert grouping and alert deduplication simplify triage and reduce the experience required at every stage of security operations, while tight integration with enforcement points lets analysts respond to threats quickly.
SentinelOne Singularity XDR unifies and extends detection, investigation, and response capability across the entire enterprise, providing security teams with end-to-end visibility, powerful analytics, and automatable response. It empowers security teams to see data collected by disparate security solutions from all platforms, including endpoints, cloud workloads, network devices, email, and identity.
Customers can extend the SentinelOne Singularity XDR platform with bite-sized, one-click applications to help enterprises unify prevention, detection, and response across attack surfaces to implement and embrace XDR. With SentinelOne’s Singularity Marketplace, organizations can integrate any security applications and tools regard-less of vendor into a single platform without coding or scripting required.
Singularity Marketplace enables security teams to converge on a single pane-of-glass for extended detection and response workflows to minimize context switching and distractions during triage and incident response. It helps them gain insights from shared security events without requiring a massive time investment in custom business logic, code, and complex configuration.
Trellix XDR seamlessly integrates with the company’s broad portfolio of endpoint, email, network, cloud, and other security products, and connects with third-party security applications. This connectivity equips organizations with intelligent threat sensing, analytics, and automated responses, and enables businesses to detect security incidents and advanced attacks across all vectors with confidence.
The platform can surface insights from multi-vector telemetry across multiple assets throughout the user’s organization and apply that information to thwart attacks at scale. Trellix XDR allows businesses to move from attack detection to threat prevention by blocking inbound email, network, and endpoint attacks, making it possible to predict and prevent emerging threats, identify root causes, and respond.
Trellix XDR embeds next-generation security into an organization’s operations and provides guided investigation workflows. By putting increased intelligence at the heart of operations, organizations gain the ability to automate processes and prioritize their most critical security concerns.
Trend Micro Vision One is a purpose-built threat defense platform that provides added value and new benefits beyond XDR offerings, allowing organizations to see more and respond faster. Vision One prevents the majority of attacks with automated protection with XDR capabilities that collect and automatically correlate data across email, endpoints, servers, cloud workloads and networks.
Native sensors and protection points coupled with the XDR capabilities that stitch together threat activity across layers allow for the quick detection of complex attacks that bypass prevention. This provides an unmatched understanding of the activity data in a company’s environment and a balanced approach to security, as teams can see the story of an attack and respond faster and more confidently.
In addition, the Trend Micro Managed XDR service provides 24/7 alert monitoring and prioritization, incident investigation, and threat hunting, allowing customers to improve time to detection and time to response. This service provides teams with efficient alert monitoring, in-depth investigations into advanced threats and threat hunting via proprietary techniques.
VMware Carbon Black Cloud provides the foundation for enterprise XDR initiatives by consolidating and correlating cross-domain telemetry and enforcement data onto a single platform to speed and simplify incident response at scale. VMware customers and partners are already equipped with XDR-ready architecture where each component already shares a common dataset optimized for this purpose.
VMware Carbon Black Cloud offers globally distributed teams the fastest and most cost-effective way to gain the benefits of XDR without all the complexity. Unlike other vendors that leave their customers with the significant compute costs of building and maintaining the data lake required for XDR, VMware customers and partners realize all the XDR benefits without the overhead.
By unifying detection and response activities across IT and security domains and devices, VMware Carbon Black Cloud delivers the essential foundation for XDR and takes it even further. VMware Carbon Black Cloud uniquely acts as XDR-ready infrastructure and offers native support for automated, cross-domain, XDR-enabled controls that deliver built-in, context-centric, unified security.