This post is going to cover setting up XDR agent and enable the Data Lake Hydration features inside of your Sophos Central dashboard.
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Here at Sophos, XDR stands for eXtended Detection and Response - some vendors will refer to the technology as "cross layered" detection and response. The technology will collect data from various sources (endpoint, firewall, etc) like a SIEM but instead consolidates the view to provide correlated event data. XDR is key in any incident response or security plan. Many insurance providers require it. It serves to create a response action - automated with other tools or manual - using the same technology.
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XDR is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can find the system requirements for each respective platform below:
Sophos Central Admins or Super Admins will have access by default for both Live Discover and Live Response. If you are using a custom role, ensure you have the proper access levels from the Sophos Central Dashboard:
This section will review how to install Sophos Intercept-X with XDR on a new Sophos Central dashboard and an existing Sophos Central dashboard that has only Sophos Intercept-X installed.
In this section, we are going to assume that you are installing your agents onto a Windows 10 desktop.To be able to use Live Discover and Live response, you need to ensure the XDR software is fully installed on your endpoint and server devices. If you are new to Sophos and purchased the Intercept X with XDR license, simply run the complete installer on your devices. The installer will verify XDR is included in your license and download the required installer files. Here are the steps:
Perform the following in the dashboard landing page:
If you are installing on a Mac:
If you are installing on a Windows Server:
If you are installing on a Linux Server:
If you're an existing Intercept X customer just adding XDR to your devices, you'll need to add XDR to your devices software list, so they'll install the file on the next update. Here are the steps:
For applying the new software to your existing Endpoint agents (Windows 7, 8/8.1, 10 or MacOS)
For applying the new software to your existing Server agents (Windows Server 2008 R2 & UP or Linux)
Sophos Central will not hydrate the Data Lake automatically by default, so you will need to enable hydration for both Endpoints and Servers. This applies to both new customers and existing customers.
To enable hydrating the data lake for endpoint:
To enable hydrating the data lake for server:
Just like Data Lake Hydration, Sophos does not enable Live Response by default, so you'll need to enable Live Response for both endpoint and server. This applies to both new customers and existing customers.
To enable live response for endpoint:
To enable live response for server:
Let's verify your settings are working. Keep in mind an in-place upgrade of software can take several minutes to complete depending on bandwidth, if the machine is online, reboot, etc.
To test your live discover ability, perform the following:
To test your live response settings (continued from above):
You are now successfully setup to use XDR to its fullest. Follow along as we are creating content on building out your live discover query, how to schedule data lake queries, and more.