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Bitdefender CEO Florin Talpes on Bringing XDR to the Masses

How Putting Prevention First Reduces Alerts and Makes XDR More Manageable
Florin Talpes, co-founder and CEO, Bitdefender (Image: Bitdefender)

Incumbent XDR platforms target large enterprises with access to a full security operations center, threat hunters and incident response teams, says Bitdefender CEO Florin Talpes.

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But there is a shortage of information security skills and knowledge downmarket, and Talpes says firms looking to successfully serve SMB customers need to modify their XDR tools accordingly. Bitdefender's ability to prevent endpoint and network-based attacks is unrivaled in the market, Talpes says, adding that it would take competitors years to develop their own technology that's as effective at making alerts less frequent (see: Cloud Workload Security: It's About Technology and Talent).

"If you can reduce the volume of alerts by having very strong prevention, that means the XDR solution is way more accessible," Talpes says. "You need less resources and less skills to manage it. And this is exactly what we are doing now."

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

  • How enterprise customers benefit from Bitdefender's consumer business;
  • How advanced file monitoring and response furthers the XDR mission;
  • How SMB purchasing behavior has changed amid the economic downturn.

Florin Talpes and his wife Mariuca founded one of the first private software companies in post-communist Romania that grew to become Bitdefender. Under Talpes' guidance, Bitdefender has become a global leader in cybersecurity with millions of customers worldwide. Talpes also co-founded the National Association of Software Services Industry, which has been instrumental in helping central and Eastern Europe become a technology hub.

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Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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