XDR—A Timely Arrival for The Overstretched SOC

With security operations experiencing the pain of too many alerts and high volumes of security data, there is a need for real innovation in the SOC and XDR solutions could not have arrived at a better time.


XDR is a hot topic in security operations and for good reason—it promises outcomes, highlighting the investigations that matter to help teams prioritize alerts. XDR ultimately represents the opportunity to approach security operations in a better way, providing deeper integration with security controls and data to improve detection and response, while reducing the pain of expensive and complex security engineering in a user-friendly SaaS format.

Although many SIEMs can collect logs from multiple vendors and technologies, they often require rule writing and content creation to get to results. XDR delivers outcomes as soon as it is deployed.

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The Relevance of XDR

To assess the need for an XDR solution, organizations need to determine the effectiveness of their existing security detection and response program. Consider the following questions:

  • Are you satisfied with the effectiveness of your security control environment?
  • Are your SOC teams performing well?
  • Are your staff overworked or unhappy with the number of false positives they must manage?
  • Is your team able to investigate every alert and event generated from your security infrastructure?
  • Is your security engineering team feeling over-burdened?
  • Is the investment you’ve put into your systems providing the outcomes you would expect?

When selecting an XDR vendor, the importance of product evaluation and testing cannot be overstated.

Proof of concept for traditional SIEM solutions was extremely difficult to achieve and this can be the case for many native XDR tools. Consider whether the vendor’s product will use your own tools or data, or if it requires a “rip and replace” exercise and a significant level of professional assistance to deploy.

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The Mandiant Approach

Mandiant Advantage preserves and enables your freedom to work with any technology while delivering XDR outcomes. We work with many of the leading endpoint and network security vendors, SIEMs and SOAR platforms. Organizations can therefore choose best-of-breed solutions that work for them, without relying on a single vendor or the need to use tools that are unsuitable. Mandiant Advantage enables organizations to measure the effectiveness of their existing controls, ensuring they are configured properly and that our customers get more out of their existing investments with the data they need to determine which future investments will have the best ROI.

Whether to outsource XDR solutions or not is an important decision because finding and retaining top SOC talent—particularly security engineering—is difficult. This is why Mandiant is constantly developing solutions such as Mandiant Advantage that work with existing tools and eliminate the need for rule writing, content creation and playbook development to make deployment easier. Mandiant Advantage is configured with pre-built data science models designed to investigate the way a Mandiant expert does, operating at machine speed and fortified with timely, relevant threat intelligence. Should a team need help, Mandiant managed services are available on-demand or as a fully managed threat detection and response solution.

Learn more about the Mandiant approach to XDR