Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) , Events , Fraud Management & Cybercrime

Benefits of Automated XDR Platforms

Microsoft's Scott Woodgate on Improving Security Posture Using XDR
Scott Woodgate, Senior Director - Microsoft Security, Microsoft

Automated XDR platforms are increasingly sought after as organizations grapple with tool sprawl and the complexity of their security stack. But is there a risk of XDR platforms becoming a single point of failure? Microsoft Senior Director Scott Woodgate emphasized building "resiliency" for XDR.

Microsoft's XDR technologies are designed to protect various assets within an organization, including email identity endpoints, cloud infrastructure and cloud workload, he said. The company provides "ROI advantage" and "faster response time" to customers who adopt an integrated stack of security products.

"It's hard to stop a ransomware attack early in the process. Ransomware attacks run amok more than they should do today," Woodgate said. To ensure quicker response to such incidents, Microsoft recently released Attack Disruption and Microsoft 365 Defender to automatically contain the progress of attacks and help protect organizations at "machine speed."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2023, Woodgate also discusses:

  • Ways to address the shortage of skilled personnel in the industry by using AI;
  • The benefits of integrating XDR with identity and access management;
  • Microsoft's plans for further advancements in the XDR space.

Woodgate's team drives SIEM + XDR security marketing for Microsoft. For over 20+ years at Microsoft, he has served in a number of roles including driving Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows, BizTalk Server and field marketing.

About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, ISMG Productions

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.

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