Add the Missing Page in Your Ransomware Playbook: AI-Powered XDR


By Jesse Netz, Field CTO

Ransomware is a race against time. The median dwell time between the first evidence of malicious activity and the deployment of ransomware is nine days. Reducing mean time to detect (MTTD), respond (MTTR), and investigate (MTTI) can mean the difference between preventing ransomware extortion and suffering significant reputational and business loss.

Yet many cybersecurity teams struggle to accelerate these key performance indicators. The issue is multi-pronged, involving multiple tools, poor integration, and a global cybersecurity skills shortage. In Trellix’s Mind of the CISO 2023 report, 58% of CISO respondents reported using more than 20 security solutions.1 However, only 34% of CISOs say they have what they need for their organizations to be cyber resilient. Additionally, industry research indicates that security analysts are taking longer to detect and respond to incidents and that they are spending up to a third of their time investigating false positives.

Savvy attackers know that defenders are overwhelmed, and they often use the noise of alerts as cover. Sometimes they even generate noise themselves, drawing attention via superfluous malicious activity to distract from their real objective.

What’s needed is a single pane of glass for your organization to look across multiple attack vectors, intelligently correlate activity, quickly understand which alerts need investigation, and then rapidly respond in the most effective fashion. Extended detection and response (XDR) solutions were created for just this problem. However, XDR solutions vary widely in their capabilities. It’s wise to evaluate vendors with a view to how comprehensive, open, and future-proof their XDR offerings truly are.

Consider what you want to achieve. Your goals may be to:

  • Strengthen security posture and prevent ransomware attacks
  • Minimize time to detect and respond to threats
  • Reduce risk by uncovering obscure threats and decrease false positives
  • Reduce cost and increase productivity
  • Reduce infrastructure and business complexity

Trellix’s AI-powered XDR connects the dots across multiple vectors and multiple vendors – taking the information from email, endpoint, network, data, and any other security control you have, enriching with advanced threat intelligence, and correlating it for you. Your controls may be native or open, as the Trellix platform integrates best-of-breed native solutions and supports more than 1,000 integrations.

Advanced threat intelligence can tell you, for example, that a type of behavior your sensors are seeing with your endpoints is cause for alarm when it appears in conjunction with certain email events. It can uncover subtle malicious activity that’s only visible with intelligent curation and correlation of events across your ecosystem. The platform uncovers obscure threats that less sophisticated solutions miss by using advanced telemetry data combined with AI and human intelligence – all informed by the most recent threat investigations from the Trellix Advanced Research Center.

When a ransomware incursion occurs, the AI-powered platform can reduce your costs and increase SOC analysts’ productivity with automatic prioritization, guided response, and ready-to-use playbooks to detect and respond quickly.

More than 40,000 organizations globally trust Trellix to effectively detect and respond to threats. Join us as we put ransomware nightmares to sleep – add the missing page in your ransomware playbook with Trellix’s AI-powered XDR. Visit us at booth #1932 at the conference, or go to for more information.

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