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Does your security platform provide your organization with the highest fidelity? Does that platform provide you with complete visibility into your network? If your answer is no to these two questions, then you are not using a Network Detection and Response (NDR) platform.

An NDR platform uses technology to continuously monitor and detect anomalies and malicious activity on corporate networks. In recent years more organizations are deploying NDR platforms to improve their SOC’s efficiency to detect encrypted attacks and network security.

Recently, Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), a division of TechTarget, published the “The Evolving Role of NDR” report. It highlights that the potential for serious business disruptions remains high and how vital it is for organizations to accurately and quickly detect network threats. This is critical to organizations so they can prevent data loss, compliance violations, and most importantly, lost revenue.

To gain insight into these trends, ESG surveyed 376 IT, cybersecurity, and networking professionals responsible for evaluating, purchasing, and managing network security products and services for their organizations.

Yet the number of threat detection and response (TDR) tools that are available can leave users unsure of where to prioritize, thus the importance of deploying an NDR platform. The study addresses the following in-depth:

  • What key capabilities do organizations require from NDR solutions and the use cases they address.
  • How NDR solutions fit into a broader security stack.
  • Why security teams are now prioritizing NDR in their security strategy and the benefits they are seeing from this.

In part one of this blog series, we showcased the threat issues your network is facing today. In this blog, we will showcase how security teams are prioritizing NDR including:

  • Being used as an organization’s first line of defense
  • Its high fidelity, ease of use, and breadth of coverage

NDR Must Be Your First Line of Defense

When it comes to TDR tools, security teams have a variety of choices to deploy. Security information and event management (SIEM) and endpoint detection and response (EDR) are staples in the SOC, and extended detection and response (XDR) has seen a surge in interest during the last 18 months.

Even with these different platforms available for SOCs to use, the ESG report claims that 46 percent of organizations believe NDR is the most effective platform for TDR. With NDRs increasing in popularity, many are starting to prioritize their deployment. In fact, 42 percent of organizations told ESG they are using NDR as their first line of defense for threat detection, and an additional 33 percent use NDR in conjunction with SIEM, EDR, and XDR platforms. That means 75 percent of organizations have made NDR a priority for TDR.

High Fidelity, Ease of Use, and Breadth of Coverage

Organizations are choosing to deploy an NDR platform for several reasons because both false positives and false negatives can have a significant impact on security teams. That means choosing the right platform with the highest fidelity is critical for organizations. According to the ESG report, more than half of organizations surveyed are using an NDR platform because they feel it provides them with the highest fidelity.

Almost half of the organizations cited in the ESG report said that NDR’s ease of deployment and management were also commonly cited, thus assisting organizations who are struggling with their cybersecurity skills gap to achieve better efficiency.

Finally, 45 percent of organizations told ESG that the visibility NDR offers across various parts of the environment is a major reason for deploying the technology for use in their networks. With attackers seeking to exploit those with siloed visibility, many organizations have across cloud and on-premises resources, achieving more consistent visibility within their networks has become a priority. In fact, 44 percent of organizations are using NDR to support a defense-in-depth strategy.

Upcoming NDR blog series

The ESG report demonstrates that organizations are praising the benefits of using an NDR platform. The remaining blogs in our series will share additional findings from ESG and the reasons NDR is vital to improving your network security. The next two blogs will showcase:

  • Diverse use cases of NDR
  • How AI has become integral to NDR and its security and business benefits

Want to learn more about the ESG report?

Now that we concluded our ESG report blog series, we invite you to join our December 7, 2022 webinar at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT. During the webinar, Russell Elsner, LiveAction’s Vice President of Product Management, and John Grady, ESG’s Senior Analyst and the report’s author will cover the following:

  • Security challenges across the current threat landscape
  • The significant role encrypted threats pose
  • Why cloud coverage is and will be critical
  • Why are security teams now prioritizing NDR
  • How you can better leverage your network for threat detection

There will be a Q&A session following the presentation. So, get your questions ready. We hope you can join us on December 7. If you can’t join us live, then make sure you register, and we’ll send you a link to the recording.

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