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Introducing Open Source Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)
OpenEDR is an advanced endpoint detection and response tool that is free and open source. It offers real-time analytical detection of malicious threat activity and behaviours with Mitre ATT&CK visibility for event correlation and root cause investigation. Any cyber security expert and every size of organization can protect against threat actors and cyber criminals by utilizing this top-notch endpoint telemetry platform.

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What is EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response)?

An EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) system is a security platform that analyzes data in real-time and acts based on predetermined conditions. EDR systems are designed to detect and respond to sophisticated threats that traditional security solutions may miss.

An EDR system typically includes the following components:

  • A data collection agent that gathers data from various sources within the network.
  • A correlation engine that analyzes the collected data and identifies suspicious activity
  • A response module that acts based on the output of the correlation engine (for example, blocking an IP address or quarantining a file)
  • An administrator console that allows security personnel to manage the system and investigate incidents.

How to Deploy and Use EDR Security?

Endpoint security is more important than ever in the face of sophisticated cyber threats. EDR, or endpoint detection and response, is a critical component of an effective security strategy. But what exactly is EDR, and how can it be used to protect your organization?

EDR is a type of security software that monitors activity on endpoints (i.e., devices connected to a network) and detects malicious activity. It then takes appropriate action to contain and remediate the threat.

EDR systems are typically deployed as agents on endpoint devices. They collect data about activity on the endpoint and send it back to a centralized management console for analysis. The console then uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms to identify abnormal behavior that may indicate a cyberattack.

If suspicious activity is detected, the console can take various actions, such as quarantining the affected endpoint, blocking specific IP addresses, or terminating processes that appear to be malicious. In addition, EDR systems can generate alerts so that security staff can investigate and take manual action if necessary.

One of the benefits of EDR systems is that they provide continuous monitoring and visibility into endpoint activity. This allows organizations to detect threats early and respond quickly before severe damage is done. Additionally, EDR systems can help organizations improve their security posture by providing better visibility into their security landscape.

To deploy and use an EDR system, organizations should first decide which endpoint devices need to be monitored. Next, they should choose a vendor or software solution that meets their requirements and budget. Then, the EDR system should be installed on each endpoint and configured to collect data about activity on the device. Finally, the data should be analyzed regularly for any signs of malicious activity.

Endpoint detection response is critical to any security strategy because it provides continuous monitoring and visibility into endpoint activity. Organizations can deploy and use an EDR system by choosing a vendor or software solution that meets their requirements, installing it on each endpoint, and analyzing the collected data regularly for signs of malicious activity.

What are the different types of EDRs?

EDRs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some simple rules-based systems look for known bad actors and flag them for review. Others are more complex, using machine learning algorithms to identify abnormal behavior.

  1. The most common type of EDR is the signature-based system. This system looks for known indicators of compromise (IOCs) and raises an alert when it detects them. IOCs can be anything from specific file hashes to network traffic patterns.
  2. Another popular type of EDR is the heuristics-based system. This system uses a set of heuristics, or rules of thumb, to identify potential malicious activity. Heuristic-based EDRs are often used to supplement signature-based systems.
  3. Finally, there are machine learning-based EDRs. These systems use algorithms to learn what normal behaviour looks like on a given network. They can then flag anything that falls outside that norm as suspicious activity. Machine learning-based EDRs are often seen as the next generation of security tools, but they come with challenges.

How to choose an EDR?

There are many factors to consider when choosing an EDR solution for your business.

Here are a few key considerations:

  1. Platform support: Does the EDR solution support the platform you are using? For example, if you are using Windows, you must ensure the EDR solution supports Windows.
  2. Deployment options: How will you deploy the EDR solution? On-premise or in the cloud? Cloud-based solutions may be a good option since they are usually easier to set up and manage.
  3. Features: What features does the EDR solution offer? Make sure to choose a solution that provides the features you need. For example, if you need malware protection, ensure the EDR solution has this feature.

Why Open EDR®?

Open EDR® is the world’s first and only open-source endpoint detection and response platform. By leveraging the power of open source, we can offer a cost-effective, community-supported solution that meets the needs of organizations of all sizes.

Open EDR delivers all the features you need in an EDR solution, including real-time visibility into endpoint activity, behavioral analytics, and incident response capabilities. Plus, our modular architecture makes it easy to add new functionality as your needs change.

We developed Open EDR in response to the growing demand for open-source security solutions. Our mission is to provide a high-quality, affordable option for organizations that want the benefits of an EDR platform without being locked into a proprietary solution.

If you are looking for an endpoint security solution that fits your budget and meets your organizational needs, look no further than Open EDR.

How Do the EDR Solutions Differ from Traditional Antivirus?

Endpoint detection response solutions differ from traditional Antivirus in several ways.

  1. EDR solutions are designed to detect and respond to sophisticated attacks that traditional Antivirus cannot.
  2. It provides more visibility into attacks, allowing organizations to see what happens on their endpoint devices in real-time.
  3. It typically offers a more comprehensive set of features than traditional Antivirus, including blocking malicious traffic, isolating compromised devices, and rolling back changes made by an attacker.
  4. It is often deployed as part of a more extensive security solution, such as a next-generation firewall or security information and event management (SIEM) system.

Benefits of endpoint detection response

An endpoint detection and response (EDR) system provide several benefits for an organization, including:

  • Improved security: An EDR system can help to improve an organization’s overall security posture by providing visibility into endpoint activity, helping to identify potential threats, and providing information that can be used to respond to incidents.
  • Reduced costs: An EDR system can help to reduce the cost of managing security incidents by automating many of the tasks associated with incident response, such as collecting data from multiple sources, analyzing data for indicators of compromise, and generating reports.
  • Improved performance: By detecting and responding to attacks in real-time, an EDR system can help to improve an organization’s overall performance.
  • Greater efficiency: An EDR system can make an organization’s security operations more efficient by automating tasks and providing a centralized repository for data that multiple teams can use.
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With this free and open-source Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) solution, you can quickly deploy real-time monitoring across your entire network. Whether you are an IT professional, small business owner or just curious about cybersecurity, read on to discover how OpenEDR can help you stay ahead of potential cyberattacks.

The creators of OpenEDR steadfastly believe that EDR should never be accessible only to the privileged, and that a fundamental cybersecurity stack must become a right. By offering this innovative source code for free, all financial barriers to expensive EDR solutions are eliminated, and this foundational technology is recast as a bona fide ‘right.’ Claim your right to OpenEDR today.

OpenEDR is an Open Source initiative started by Xcitium

  • Enable continuous and comprehensive endpoint monitoring
  • Correlate and visualize endpoint security data
  • Perform malware analysis, anomalous behavior tracking, and in-depth attack investigations
  • Enact remediations and harden security postures to reduce risk on endpoints
  • Stop attempted attacks, lateral movement, and breaches


The OpenEDR developers are unwavering in their conviction that a core cybersecurity stack must become a right and that EDR should never be restricted to the privileged. All financial obstacles to pricey EDR solutions are removed by providing this groundbreaking source code for free, and this fundamental technology is recast as a bona fide “right.” Activate your right to OpenEDR right now.

We at Xcitium believe in creating an open-source cybersecurity platform where products and services can be provisioned and managed together. EDR is our starting point.

All financial obstacles to pricey EDR solutions are removed by providing this groundbreaking source code for free, and this fundamental technology is recast as a bona fide “right.” Claim your right to OpenEDR today.

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OpenEDR consists of
the following components:
Core Library

the basic framework


service application

Process Monitoring

components for per-process monitoring

System Monitor

the genetic container for
different kernel-mode

File-System Mini-Filter

the kernel component that
hooks I/O requests file system

Network Monitor

monitors processes
creation/deletion using system

Low-Level Registry Monitoring

monitors registry access using
system callbacks

Self-Protection Provider

prevents EDR components
and configuration from
unauthorized changes

Low-Level Process Monitoring

network filter for monitoring the
network activity

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OpenEDR & Xcitium

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