Palo Alto Networks released a new Cortex® XDRTM 3.0, which extends the company’s pioneering extended detection and response (XDR) solution to cloud- and identity-based threats, giving businesses the holistic insights they need to defend against more advanced cyberattacks.

The third generation of Cortex XDR, which already outperformed previous generations in the MITRE ATT&CK® test, now provides security operations centre (SOC) teams with even more protection throughout their attack surface. SOC teams benefit from security analytics across endpoint, network, cloud, and identity for organization-wide detection and response — critical in an era of rising interconnected attacks — by extending detection, monitoring, and investigation into cloud environments and detecting malicious user activities and insider threats through identity data analysis.

Furthermore, Cortex XDR 3.0 provides forensic investigation features based on Palo Alto Networks’ world-class Unit 42 Security Consulting group’s powerful proprietary technologies, as well as ingestion and custom correlations for practically all third-party data sources.

“Palo Alto Networks created the extended detection and response (XDR) category in 2019 — understanding that only by integrating data from across all security sources can we detect complex threats accurately, prevent attacks automatically, and investigate them much faster. We’ve been innovating against that mission ever since. With our third-generation XDR solution expanding to cloud and identity analytics, Cortex XDR 3.0 has taken a large step towards being the most comprehensive platform for the SOC to protect endpoints, entities, assets, workloads, and critical data,” said Tim Junio, senior vice president of products, Cortex at Palo Alto Networks.

Cortex XDR is a top performer in the MITRE ATT&CK test for three years in a row, with the highest overall combined detection and protection rate.