The past two years have seen a digital transformation that might have happened in eight years, said a senior official at Trellix, the new cybersecurity company merging McAfee Enterprise and FireEye. Craig Nielsen, Trellix’s vice president for Asia-Pacific and Japan, said this transformation also comes with cybersecurity threats that businesses are struggling to deal with. Nielsen said the company hopes to solve this problem by providing its extended detection and response (XDR) to large and medium enterprises.
XDR in cybersecurity is a software as a service (SaaS) focused on detecting security threats combining several tools. “What we see today is static, siled cybersecurity that just doesn’t work anymore. It is often not able to stop complex system threats,” Nielsen told indianexpress.com on a call.
With its XDR platform, Trellix will focus on delivering what it calls “living” security to enterprises.
“A lot of these very sophisticated platforms, designed to adapt more to the security landscape, have been the domain of large organizations. We absolutely believe that we can really make an impact in democratizing XDR for the middle market and making advanced features available to them,” added Nielsen.
Its XDR platform will use automation using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). According to the company, this will help analysts and security operations teams quickly identify risks and vulnerabilities.
In Nielsen’s view, many cybersecurity decisions can be automatically corrected. The idea is to reduce noise so that experts and analysts can focus on the major issues.
“We are investing heavily in applying the most advanced data science, AI and machine learning and to take all of this contextual information into account and make really strong and accurate predictive recommendations to customers to prevent them to be hacked,” he explained.
Trellix will also offer customers the ability to run its XDR capability on top of their existing security protocols.
For many companies, the coronavirus pandemic-induced work-from-home policy has made protecting networks an even more complex task. “The CISOs (heads of information security) told me that we couldn’t cope with the number of alerts and the number of incidents that we have to investigate,” he said.
While ransomware remains a major threat that is not going away, Trellix also sees attacks on supply chain vendors, increased phishing, and cryptocurrency scams as areas of concern. Nielsen admitted that some of the attacks are becoming more sophisticated and that their tools can help share threats in real time as they evolve with customers. The focus will be on protecting customers before a breach occurs, he said.
The McAfee Enterprise and FireEye merger was announced in October 2021.
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