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Bitdefender Announces Cloud-Based Endpoint Detection Solution

Bitdefender, a Romanian company that provides cybersecurity technology to businesses, consumers and government organizations, has unveiled a cloud-based security solution that offers integrated endpoint detection, prevention and response capabilities from a single agent managed by a single console.

The new offering, GravityZone XDR, is a layered next-generation endpoint security platform that helps protect organizations against known and unknown cyber threats, according to a prepared statement.

GravityZone XDR is based on an integrated prevent-detect-investigate-respond-evolve approach to endpoint security, Bitdefender indicated. It provides threat prevention, incident detection and smart response capabilities, the company noted, to minimize infection exposure and stop data breaches.

Key features of GravityZone XDR include:

  • Anti-exploit protection and sandbox analysis.
  • Cloud-based threat analytics module that performs big data event correlation.
  • Event recorder that streams insights on events that look suspicious based on telemetry, processes, network policies and registry entity actions.
  • Full disk data encryption.
  • Firewall and patch management capabilities.
  • Real-time process monitoring to detect malicious behavior.
  • Tunable machine learning models that help block advanced threats.

With GravityZone XDR, IT teams that operate with or without a security operations center (SOC) can identify and address threats like never before, Bitdefender Vice President of Enterprise Solutions Harish Agastya said. GravityZone XDR empowers security administrators with intuitive workflows and a contextual map to understand threat impact, Agastya stated, and helps organizations reduce the costs associated with threat hunting.

GravityZone XDR is now available on both endpoints and servers as part of the GravityZone Ultra integrated suite.

Bitdefender Eyes the Global EDR Market

Founded in 2001, Bitdefender provides cybersecurity solutions to more than 500 million users worldwide. The company recorded a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 30 percent between 2014 and 2016, and GravityZone XDR may help the business further extend its reach in a rapidly growing global endpoint detection and response (EDR) solutions market.

The global EDR sector is projected to expand at a 45.3 percent CAGR between 2015 and 2020, technology research firm Gartner said in a prepared statement. In addition, this market could be worth $1.5 billion by 2020.

Managed service providers (MSPs) may be able to offer services to capitalize on the global EDR market's projected growth as well.

For example, Texas-based MSP Masergy in August launched a Managed Endpoint Detection and Response (MEDR) service that enables security administrators to detect and respond to threats and improve security outcomes. The MEDR service offers machine learning-enabled security analytics and network behavioral alerts, Masergy said, and includes an integrated suite of detection and response security tools.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.