Microsoft have announced that they have been named as a Leader in one of Forrester's latest reports: The Forrester New Wave™: Extended Detection and Response (XDR), Q4, 2021,1. Having receoved one of the highest scroes in the XDR strategy category, Microsoft 365 Defender was rated "as 'differentiated' in seven criteria including detection, investigation, and response, and remediation".
Forrester notes that “there is a deep divide in the XDR market between those far along the path and those just starting to deliver on the vision of XDR,” and that of mature providers “combine the best elements of their portfolios, including industry-leading products, to simplify incident response and build targeted, high-efficacy detections.”
The XDR market category recognizes that while endpoint detection and response (EDR) is important, it is insufficient as the only method to protect against evolving threats in 2021. XDR extends EDR to include many additional known sources of telemetry including identities, applications, and cloud infrastructure and then uses AI to correlate and prioritize threats.
Microsoft's XDR Strategy
Microsoft’s strategy for XDR is to create the most comprehensive solution—collecting signals from multi-platform sources including Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, and macOS, and multi-cloud deployments including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) coupled with built-in AI, automation, and prevention capabilities.
Microsoft’s approach with our XDR products Microsoft 365 Defender and Azure Defender is to simplify and empower the security operations team with a cloud-hosted, integrated experience that maximizes the time defenders spend thwarting attackers. We also provide the best data set while minimizing the time required on lower-impact activities such as integrating and maintaining systems.
The key to helping security teams is powerful automation to normalize your data, analyzing it, and correlating seemingly unrelated alerts into incidents. AI, playbooks, and automatic remediation help you free up your time to focus on applying your organizational expertise to proactive hunting and prevention.
There is a narrative in the market led by vendors with either XDR or SIEM capabilities that one will over time replace the other. Microsoft’s perspective is that customers need the combination of both SIEM and XDR, delivered differently than it has been in the past. Our SIEM, Azure Sentinel, compliments our XDR capabilities extending them to any source of data and custom threat intelligence. Azure Sentinel is dependently integrated with our XDR platforms so unique incidents can be shared across tools.