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NetGuard XDR Security Operations

Cloud-native Extended Detection and Response platform

Nokia NetGuard XDR Security Operations is a cloud-native Extended Detection and Response (XDR) platform suite, built as a use-case driven solution for flexibility and ease of integration. NetGuard XDR is already being deployed and has demonstrated 70% increased effectiveness at blocking threats in Security Operations Centers

NetGuard XDR provides CSPs with stronger network defenses that rapidly prevent and stop threats before they materialize. The platform modules come with new analytics, machine learning, and automation functions to better manage incidents and react faster to neutralize threats.  

NetGuard XDR has demonstrated 70% increased effectiveness at blocking threats, according to Nokia customer field-trial data, by integrating disparate tools from multiple vendors, putting previously siloed information into context, and streamlining security automation, analytics and response actions from across the entire network.

The platform supports subscription-based security services, such as 5G slice monitoring, endpoint protection for enterprise IoT devices, and identity and access management.

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Whats XDR?

XDR technology: Nokia’s NetGuard Security adds value on top of a security vendor’s individual solutions and provides native integration across those systems to:

  • Enable a single pane-of-glass management console for SecOps teams, providing correlated views across the 5G network including endpoint, cloud.
  • Identify, investigate and manage security incidents.
  • Coordinate emergency response capabilities for immediate containment, remediation, and repair.

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Integrated tools

By streamlining the number of tools in their kit, CSPs can confidently expand without compromising network integrity.

Integrated intelligence

A complete picture of the threat landscape helps assure network integrity and reduce the burden on CSP security teams.

Integrated operations

The more a CSP can see at once, the easier it is to stop threats before they affect customers

Integrated security tools

Up to now, the usual solution has been to deploy more point products to address the issues. Many CSPs run 30 to 50 discrete security tools, many overlapping in their functionality and each sending their own alerts when something’s not right. This makes security controls disjointed, hard to manage and prone to false alarms. And at a certain point, deploying new security tools on top of existing ones becomes difficult due to lack of interoperability across the set.  With NetGuard XDR Security Operations, CSPs can integrate their many security tools into a single platform are better able to keep their networks secure, even as they add new services and customers to the mix.  

Integrated threat intelligence

CSPs receive and analyze threat data from many sources: their own on-premises systems, cloud applications and endpoints, as well as open source and commercial threat intelligence services. Combined, this data helps give a better understanding of the cyberthreat landscape to prepare defenses and response actions. But with 5G making the network more complex — and with the entire telco industry faced with a shortage of specialized cybersecurity personnel — security analysts are getting overwhelmed by the sheer volume of incoming data. It is becoming increasingly difficult to make sense of it all and generate actionable threat intelligence.  With NetGuard XDR Security Operations, CSPs can bring together all of their internal and external threat intelligence into a single system, security teams will be more easily able to distinguish between false positives, anomalies and legitimate threats — so they can then prioritize and act on the real risks.  

Integrated security operations

Endpoints, the network and the cloud all require unique security infrastructures. But most tools available to security analysts can attend to just one of these environments at a time. As networks grow in size and complexity, that fragmented view becomes more of a liability: analysts can lose track of threats and incidents as they shift their attention from one part of their operating environment to another.  For total visibility from endpoints through the network and into the cloud, CSPs need to integrate all aspects of their security operations into one unified management interface.  NetGuard XDR Security Operations makes it possible to constantly monitor and quickly react to anomalous traffic patterns and attacks no matter where they’re coming from — while also easily managing complex operations such as network slice provisioning.

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Alert prioritization and classification

Being able to tell anomaly from attack helps CSPs focus on the alerts that really matter.

Faster mean response times

By reducing threat dwell time, CSPs can better protect their operations and their revenues.

Total visibility across the network

Uniting endpoint, network and cloud gives CSPs a single security view across their operations.

 Alert prioritization and classification

Anomaly or attack? In many cases, it’s hard to know. Most CSPs have secured their infrastructures with a multitude of point solutions, each sending an alert when something’s not right. But not every alert is equally important. And with so many coming in from so many different sources, security teams can quickly become overwhelmed trying to correlate and classify them as anomaly, false positive or legitimate attack.


How Nokia helps

NetGuard XDR Security Operations alert prioritization and classification capabilities help security analysts quickly and easily distinguish between false positives and legitimate attacks. They automatically identify and classify alerts by type and severity (e.g., configuration changes, open ports), eliminating the need to investigate redundant or lower-priority notifications. Instead, security teams can focus their efforts on blocking or countering legitimate attacks.  

This also helps CSPs deliver against slice-specific service-level agreements (SLAs), which will be critical to unlocking enterprise use cases requiring individual security with multi-tenant capabilities, such as smart cities and utilities.

Faster mean response times

The longer a threat dwells in the network undetected, the more opportunities an attacker has to damage systems and steal important data. That makes it critically important to act as quickly as possible on any perceived threat. Security teams need better ways of knowing when threats are present — along with faster ways of pinpointing and neutralizing them when they strike to minimize the potential losses.


How Nokia helps

With NetGuard XDR Security Operations, CSPs can respond to threats quickly, minimizing costs and disruptions when attacks or breaches occur. End-to-end visibility from endpoint through the cloud lets security teams quickly pinpoint the exact source of a potential breach to minimize threat dwell time, while automated security playbooks relieve the burden on security teams by continuously augmenting response actions for any kind of threat — distributed denial of service attacks, insider attacks and more.

Total visibility across the network

Endpoints, the network and the cloud all make up their own complex environments to manage, requiring unique security infrastructures. Many CSPs struggle to keep a bird’s-eye view of the whole: their security tools only allow them to see into any one environment at once. As threats become more complex, that becomes a growing liability. Greater visibility is needed across every aspect of network and service operations.

How Nokia helps

NetGuard XDR Security Operations capabilities help manage and administer disparate point products in a coherent and consistent way, integrating tools for audit compliance, privileged access, threat intelligence, network-based malware detection and certificate management in a single security management platform. There’s also a library of interfaces and connectors for seamless use with a range of CSP infrastructure components and multivendor security tools. The result: an end-to-end security infrastructure that’s easy to manage.

"Nokia delivers a suite of security tools needed to help our customers unleash the power of network slicing, giving them the security, speed and control they require for their businesses."

Marc Rouanne
Marc Rouanne / Chief Network officer, DISH

"CSPs can leverage Netguard XDR's contextual analytics, automation, and ease of integration."


Joel Stradling / Research Director, European Security, IDC

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