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Elastic launches first free and open Limitless XDR

Elastic has launched the industry’s first free and open Limitless Extended Detection and Response (XDR).

user icon Nastasha Tupas
Thu, 05 Aug 2021
Elastic launches first free and open Limitless XDR
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Part of Elastic Security, Elastic Limitless XDR modernises security operations by unifying the capabilities of security information and event management (SIEM), security analytics, and endpoint security.

Over 55 per cent of organisations currently use up to six endpoint security technologies, according to the IDC EDR and XDR 2020 Survey.

Elastic Limitless XDR is designed to eliminate data silos, reduce alert fatigue, and arm practitioners to stop threats at cloud scale, as it is anchored in SIEM and bolstered by a single agent for endpoint security. It is also designed to power centralised analytics on years’ worth of data, automates key processes, and brings native endpoint security to every host.

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Businesses need a different approach to protect themselves from cyber threats, according to Tony Katsabaris, AVP, Australia and New Zealand at Elastic.

“The launch of Elastic Limitless XDR comes at a time when cyber security is high on the agenda for the Australian government and businesses," Katsabaris said.

"Security is fundamentally a data and search problem and by providing limitless ingestion of all types of data from all types of sources to enable limitless security analysis at manageable costs, Elastic is equipping practitioners at businesses of all sizes to prevent, detect, and respond to sophisticated attacks before damage is done.”

"Sophisticated adversaries are multiplying and the attack surface for businesses is changing rapidly as they become digitalised, enabling adversaries to infiltrate, test and target weak points more easily."

According to Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst at ESG, organisations have been spending regularly on threat detection and response but still can't detect sophisticated threats.

“By aggregating threat detection and response across multiple controls, XDR promises to improve threat detection and response, correlating endpoint detections with telemetry from other sources to simplify investigation and streamline operations,” Oltsik said.

By equipping practitioners across both the private and public sectors with the tools needed to prevent, detect and respond to cyber threats, Elastic Limitless XDR aims to democratise security.

EDR technologies remain a popular choice for helping organisations strengthen their security posture, Chris Kissel, research director for security and trust products at IDC, added.

"XDR is gaining in popularity as security teams require telemetry from many sources beyond the endpoint,” he said.

[Related: Why IT standardisation is a goal worth pursuing]

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha is a Journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively across veterans affairs, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. She is a co-author of a book titled The Stories Women Journalists Tell, published by Penguin Random House. Previously, she was a Content Producer at Verizon Media, a Digital Producer for Yahoo! and Channel 7, a Digital Journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as a Website Manager and Digital Producer at SBS Australia. Nastasha started her career in media as a Video Producer and Digital News Presenter at News Corp Australia.

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