Wazuh Offers XDR Functionality at a Price Enterprises Will Love — Free!

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Back in 2018, Palo Alto Networks CTO and co-founder Nir Zuk coined a new term to describe the way that businesses needed to approach cybersecurity in the years to come. Extended detection and response was the term. It described a unified cybersecurity infrastructure that brought endpoint threat detection, network analysis and visibility (NAV), access management, and more under a single roof to find and neutralize digital threats in real-time.

And Zuk’s vision of XDR proved prophetic. Platforms that leverage the XDR model and have been the leaders in business cybersecurity for many years, since Zuk coined it. However, their complexity and scale put them in an unattainable product category.

The open-source community has, as they often do, filled the XDR void by providing an affordable solution — since it is completely free. It’s called Wazuh, and it provides enterprises the tools they need to build a customized XDR solution that meets their cybersecurity and budgetary needs at the same time. Here’s how.

The Key Features of an XDR Platform

Although XDR solution implementations can vary in their feature set, the majority of XDR platforms share a few key features. These include :

Data Analytics and Detection Functionality

Data analytics is a key component of XDR’s threat detection capabilities. It is possible often to detect suspicious activity and threats by analyzing logs, performance, and other data of large systems. XDR platforms often analyze both internal and external traffic and compare log data and performance against known threat profiles. They then use machine learning techniques and machine learning to identify emerging threats such as zero-day attacks.

Threat Investigation and Active Response

XDR platforms don’t only provide businesses with a way to spot potential threats. They also provide tools to help IT specialists investigate those threats and deploy various countermeasures to neutralize them using active responses. To make that possible, most XDR platforms provide a centralized alert system that can group related log alerts from multiple systems into a single UI. Administrators can use this UI to respond to alarms and coordinate responses from a range of endpoints. Administrators have the ability to update security policies across an entire enterprise in response to an attack detected on one endpoint.

Scalability and Evolutionary Capability

Last, but certainly not the least, XDR platforms allow businesses to easily integrate new technologies and systems to protect their assets. They are designed for interoperability and scalability with many other vendors-specific technologies. They are a future-proof solution and can grow with businesses over time. They also have machine learning capabilities that allow them to adapt to changing technology environments and make improvements as they go.

How Wazuh Delivers XDR Functionality

The brilliance of the Wazuh approach to XDR is that it can readily integrate with a variety of other open-source security tools. It allows businesses to adapt it to their needs, without having expensive and complicated licensing agreements. For example, PDQ Deploy to install software and patches on workstations, AbuseIPDB to detect malicious IP addresses involved in spamming, hacking attempts and DDoS attacks, and URLhaus to detect malicious URLs used for malware distribution.

But the core of the Wazuh XDR approach comes in the form of its multi-platform monitoring agent. The high-level OS support makes it compatible with all devices. Businesses can use it quickly to start collecting data from endpoints. Those agents stream system information back to the Wazuh server, where it performs a variety of anomaly and malware detection routines on it. In that way, administrators gain instant visibility into endpoint security through the server’s centralized interface. This is not the end.

Through integrations with tools like Suricata and OwlH, administrators get powerful network intrusion detection and visualization functions. This gives administrators the same level of situational awareness as other major XDR platform providers, without paying the price. And the system can even execute automated threat response routines based on network and endpoint data — taking action to stop attacks in their tracks with little to no manual intervention required.

And because Wazuh is an open-source solution, it offers the ultimate in scalability and evolutionary capabilities. It can already integrate with security-focused machine learning solutions like Amazon’s Macie, giving it stored data surveillance capabilities. But the possibility for additional integrations is endless. That means businesses that opt to use Wazuh as an XDR solution won’t be locked into a particular machine learning system, and they can tailor the system’s evolutionary capability to their own needs.

The Critical Takeaways

There’s little doubt that today’s major XDR solutions represent the current state-of-the-art in business-grade cybersecurity. And their all-encompassing approach to defending digital business infrastructure likely represents the future of it, too. That’s because they acknowledge the reality that protecting business data and assets means having true transparency into endpoint operations and allowing for infrastructure-wide responses to threats at a moment’s notice.

Although XDR won’t penetrate cybersecurity markets for a while due to scaling problems, it is impressive that Wazuh has an open-source solution. This solution can provide XDR functionality that is meaningful and efficient to all organizations. And it’s also flexible enough to adapt to changing business needs and new technology integrations. This is a game-changer for cybersecurity in today’s world.

And best of all — it’s free and growing at a rapid pace with the support of the open-source community. All businesses have to do to take advantage of it is to invest in some modest hardware to serve as a control hub, or can simply use Wazuh Cloud. They can use Wazuh to create a bespoke XDR system that’s on par with anything now available on the commercial market.

And even better, they’ll end up with a system that’s endlessly customizable and upgradeable — meaning it’s a system that businesses can invest in without fear that it will someday be outmoded and obsolete.

There aren’t many solutions in the world of cybersecurity that can make such a claim — making Wazuh a force to be reckoned with in the XDR market writ large.

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