New Research: SOC Modernization and the Role of XDR

Security operations demand massive scale to collect, process, analyze, and act upon massive amounts of data. Early XDR was anchored to two primary data sources: endpoints and networks. While this was an improvement on disconnected EDR and NDR tools, threat detection and response across enterprise organizations demands a wider aperture, including cloud workloads, threat intelligence feeds, SaaS applications, and identity and access management visibility. At the same time, to modernize security operations centers and keep up with the volume of security alerts, large organizations need advanced analytics to help automate tier-1 analyst tasks like triaging alerts, correlating alerts with IoCs, and preparing incidents for investigations. What is the role of XDR in the modern Security Operations Center (SOC)?

Security Operations Center Survey

To gain insights into these trends, Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) surveyed 376 IT and cybersecurity professionals at organizations in North America personally responsible for evaluating, purchasing, and utilizing threat detection and response security products and services. The results of this research are available in an eBook, “SOC Modernization and the Role of XDR” authored by Jon Oltsik, Senior Principal Analyst & ESG Fellow, and Dave Gruber, Principal Analyst.

Key Findings

This informative eBook is based on ESG’s comprehensive SOC survey and focuses on the following:

  • Security Operations Remain Challenging.
    Increasing difficulty is due to the growing attack surface, dangerous threat landscape, and increasing use of cloud computing.
  • More Data and Better Detection Rules Are Still Desired.
    Despite massive amount of security data in use, more is desired, as is better detection rules.
  • SecOps Process Automation Investments Are Proving Valuable.
    While implementation strategies vary, automation investments are paying off for most.
  • MITRE ATT&CK Framework Is Proving Valuable for Most.
    However, many are still figuring out how and where to apply it to gain value.
  • XDR Momentum Continues to Build.
    While much confusion exists about what XDR is, investment in support of advanced threat detection is significant.
  • MDR Is Mainstream and Expanding.
    While use cases vary, MDR services are widely adopted across organizations of all sizes and maturity.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d be interested in talking to Gurucul about modernizing your SOC. We understand the role of XDR and can help you evolve your security operations quickly and comprehensively.