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Jun 15, 2023

Title: Episode 54 - XDR Deep Dive with Matt Robertson and Aaron Woland

Hosts Bryan and Tom return with a fascinating exploration of Extended Detection and Response (XDR) in this latest episode of Conf T with your SE.

We kick things off with a fundamental question - What is XDR? Our guests, security experts Matt Robertson and Aaron Woland, provide an insightful overview and outline the pressing need for XDR in today's security landscape.

The discussion then veers towards understanding the key differences between XDR and SecureX, another well-known security platform. Our hosts dig into the integration of tools like Cisco Threat Response and Orchestration built into SecureX, illuminating how XDR ups the ante by bringing detection into the tool, instead of merely relying on individual security products.

Robertson and Woland emphasize the importance of an open XDR platform - one that seamlessly integrates with other vendors outside of Cisco. They detail the significant role of built-in analytics in bolstering security efficacy.

Addressing the limitations of Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR), the experts cite the fact that EDR can only reach about 30% of a company's assets and explain why XDR's broader scope is critical in the current context.

We then delve into comparisons with Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems. Are they the same as XDR? Or, perhaps more pertinently, is a SIEM system enough?

Lastly, the conversation steers towards the operational aspects of XDR, specifically how it can confirm, prioritize, and walk through an incident - an essential aspect of any robust cybersecurity framework.

Tune in to this gripping episode to deepen your understanding of XDR and why it's vital in today's digital landscape.