A new perspective: XDR, optics and the kaleidoscopic attack surface
Whilst every organisation differs, there are two shared problems we observe across multiple industries: stretched human resources and lack of visibility. Essentially, stealthy threats evade detection and hide between siloed solution alerts, propagating as time passes. In the meantime, overwhelmed security analysts try to triage and investigate threats through narrow, and disconnected attack viewpoints.
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Yet, perhaps, a new perspective – one that embraces the beauty of patterns and the transformative power of optics – can help security teams to better identify complex threats to more easily control the modern attack surface.
Imagine, for instance, peering through the lens of a kaleidoscope, observing the artful and dynamic interplay of colours and shapes as they meld together to form constantly shifting patterns.
Now imagine the kaleidoscopic view of a network breach — a myriad of interconnected data points converging under a singular lens to reveal the sequential and patterned elements of a cyberattack from initial reconnaissance to infiltration and lateral movement. These patterns, though intricate and seemingly chaotic, often hold the key to better understanding, reacting to and predicting cyber threats. Yet without a suitable lens, these patterns are not visible.
Just as a kaleidoscope's mirrors and lenses work to reveal dynamic patterns, advanced visibility tools for threat detection and response enable organisations to form powerful optics that capture and magnify behavioural attack patterns. In turn this eases pressure on SOC teams by enabling them to view, connect and react to suspicious events that may otherwise have remained hidden.
Trend Micro’s Extended Detection and Response (XDR) solution consolidates siloed elements of threat detection into a singular lens by pulling together telemetry from endpoint, server, cloud, workload, and network sources.
These disconnected systems alone, fail to produce a pattern, much like the way the three mirrors within a kaleidoscope produce no image unless integrated into a singular tool. In this regard XDR is kaleidoscopic in its capability to integrate into the wider IT ecosystem and consolidate streams of information under a powerful lens.
By revealing the intricate web of attack patterns that span different attack vectors, Trend Micro’s XDR dashboard provides a broad and context-rich overview of digital assets that allows security teams to view, prioritise and react to threat more effectively.
So, in a similar way that a kaleidoscope lens transforms fragments into art, XDR offers a lens which transforms raw telemetry into elegant, simplified and actionable insight so that organisations can better safeguard their connected IT ecosystems from complex threat.