Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) , Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP) , Endpoint Security

Trellix CEO Details Extended Detection and Response Moves

XDR and More: Bryan Palma on Next Steps for Rebranded McAfee Enterprise and FireEye
Bryan Palma, CEO, Trellix

Change is afoot at Trellix, which is the new name of the cybersecurity software business formed from last year's merger of McAfee Enterprise and FireEye.

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In an era of supply chain hits and constant innovation by attackers, Trellix CEO Bryan Palma says the extended detection and response - aka XDR - software imperative for his customers is to do more, but with fewer suppliers and management overhead. "Most of my customers are saying, 'Gosh, we have 75-plus security vendors. I'm not interested in number 76. I want to get that number smaller,'" he says.

To help organizations better balance what's on offer, Palma says Trellix's focus is to help marry as much native and open technology as possible via a "flexible and adaptable platform and system." By native, he means a range of advanced enterprise detection and response and endpoint protection platforms - aka EDR and EPP - hailing from McAfee Enterprise, plus security operations capabilities - including security incident event management, or SIEM, and security orchestration, automation and response, or SOAR - from FireEye, among other tools, that can be enabled as native XDR modules.

At the same time, Trellix's XDR also talks to other technology. "We're native and open, and when I say 'open' what I mean is we ingest over 600 other security technologies all across the different parts of the tech stack," he says.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Palma discusses:

  • Why the McAfee Enterprise and FireEye business is being launched as a new brand, and what success in this market will look like;
  • Essential XDR platform capabilities customers are demanding, and what comes next;
  • The rationale behind Trellix's move to split XDR from its secure service edge, or SSE, offering and why Trellix will stay out of the services business and instead continue to rely on its business partners for that.

Palma is CEO of Trellix. Before stepping into that role, he was executive vice president of FireEye, where he was responsible for FireEye's product division and led its eventual sale to a consortium led by Symphony Technology Group for $1.2 billion. He has also served as BlackBerry's president and chief operating officer, Cisco's senior vice president and general manager of Americas' customer experience, and Boeing's vice president of cyber and security solutions. His prior roles have included being PepsiCo's first CISO, positioning EDS for acquisition by HP and serving as a U.S. Secret Service agent protecting Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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