One of the things we look forward to each year during RSA Conference week is what topics are trending in the industry leading into, during the week of RSAC and coming out conference. This year, one of those buzz topics is extended detection response or XDR in the application security space.
What is XDR? According to analyst firm Gartner, XDR is “a SaaS-based, vendor-specific, security threat detection and incident response tool that natively integrates multiple security products into a cohesive security operations system.” The definition of XDR from Forrester Research is a bit more expansive: “The evolution of EDR, which optimizes threat detection, investigation, response, and hunting in real time. XDR unifies security-relevant endpoint detections with telemetry from security and business tools such as network analysis and visibility (NAV), email security, identity and access management, cloud security, and more. It is a cloud-native platform built on big data infrastructure to provide security teams with flexibility, scalability, and opportunities for automation.”
TechTarget recently took a look at XDR market maturity and outlook while late last year, research projected the XDR market to grow at nearly 20% per year between now and 2028 where market size is expected to reach $2.06 billion.
On Monday during the Innovation Sandbox Contest, one of the top 10 finalists, Neosec, discussed its platform of reinventing API security through XDR from CEO & Co-founder Giora Engel. Trellix, who coins themselves as the future of XDR, conducted research on the cybersecurity talent shortage as CEO Bryan Palma conducted a keynote speech on Soulless to Soulful, Security’s Chance to Save Tech.
Also starting off the week, IBM dropped an XDR news bombshell releasing the news at RSAC that they would be acquiring Randori to streamline threat detection and bolster their XDR offerings.
Other companies that featured XDR technology with announcements during RSAC Conference week include: Swimlane releasing a new platform, NetWitness unveiled a family of products and capabilities and BlackBerry’s partner program released enhancements to help MSSPs capture more of the managed XDR market.
With all of this recent news and the projected upward trajectory of XDR in the next few years, let’s keep an eye on extended detection response as it continues to grow and impact the cybersecurity industry.