Cortex XDR New Features for February 2020

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Cortex XDR has many awesome new features and enhancements in this February release!


The following table describes the features released in February 2020.


New Public APIs for Endpoint and Agent Management*


Incident Management

Incident Description Improvements You can now edit the description for an incident and revert back to the Cortex XDR default description from the Incidents > View Incidents page. You can also search the Incidents table by the Incident description.
Incident Sources You can now easily view and filter all the sources related to the alerts that make up a specific incident from Investigation > Incidents > Incident Sources.
Automatic Incident Resolve To help you better manage and maintain your incidents, Cortex XDR automatically resolves incidents in which all allocated alerts were excluded. Instances resolved by Cortex XDR are displayed with a Resolved - Auto Resolve status in Investigation > Incidents > Status column.

Agent Management

Static Endpoint Group Creation from File You can now easily populate a static endpoint group from a file containing endpoint IP addresses, hostnames, and/or aliases. Each endpoint must match a registered endpoint in Cortex XDR for inclusion in the endpoint group.
Policy Usage Count You can now easily identify the relationship between security profiles and policy rules in Cortex XDR. From the Endpoints > Policy Management > Profiles page, you can view the number of policy rules (Usage Count) that consume a specific security profile in Cortex XDR. From a security profile that has one or more associated policy rules, you can also pivot to the list of policy rules that use the specific profile.
Endpoint Isolation Improvements To better manage endpoint isolation, you can now do the following:
  • Isolate and cancel isolation on more than one endpoint at a time
  • View the date and time of when an endpoint was isolated in Endpoints > Endpoint Management > Isolation Date column
  • Easily track the status of an endpoint isolation from the Action Center and from the Endpoints > Endpoint Management page where the Endpoint Isolated column displays either Pending Isolation or Pending Isolation Cancelation.
Broker VMs Applet Activation You can now activate the syslog collector and Windows event collector applets from Settings > Broker VM.
Alert Data Auto Upload To enable continuous access to your alert data memory dump files, you can enable the Cortex XDR agent to automatically upload the files. To do this, you configure your upload preferences from Endpoints > Policy Management > Profiles > Forensics.

Management Features

New Cortex XDR Report and Dashboard Widgets Cortex XDR introduces the following new widgets to help you better detect and visualize the status of endpoint alerts and incidents according to Cortex XDR actions, sources, and categories:
  • Data Usage Breakdown
  • Detection by Actions
  • Detection by Category
  • Detection by Source
  • Incidents by Status
  • Response Action Breakdown

In addition, you now have the option to change the graph view for widgets to display as either a bar graph or pie chart.

Email Notifications for Alerts To help you stay informed with the alerts that matter to you most, you can now configure email notifications for all Cortex XDR alert sources directly from the Cortex XDR management console. To streamline alert notifications management, you can define one or more alert notification configurations from the Settings > Alert Notifications page. For each alert notification configuration, you can customize the alert filters, distribution list to use to send the notification, and frequency at which you want Cortex XDR to send the notification.
WildFire Report Visualization You can easily view and download the WildFire analysis report associated with a file involved in an alert from the Causality View and from and Investigation > Incidents > View Incident page.
PDF Report Password Encryption You can now better protect sensitive reports by adding a password. You can encrypt a report when defining the email distribution list for your report.

Global Improvements

Cortex XDR Access To enable access to Palo Alto Networks GCS buckets in GCP, you now have to enable new URLs in your firewall.
Export Results to File You can now export table results to a tab-separated values (TSV) file for many pages in Cortex XDR including Incidents, Endpoints, Alerts, Whitelist, and Blacklist.


You can also use filters to identify a subset of results and export only results that match your filter criteria.

Cortex XDR Analytics Enhancements The following enhancements have been made:
  • Configure Windows Event Collector
  • Expose a Prometheus endpoint to monitor the Broker VM
  • Syslog collector now supports TCP protocol and port to log type mapping
  • Stability improvements
Public APIs Using new Cortex XDR APIs, you can retrieve and manage incidents, endpoints, agents, and installation packages in your environment.


The following API capabilities have been added:

  • Scan Endpoints
  • Cancel Endpoint Scan
  • Delete Endpoints
  • Get Endpoints
  • Get Policy
  • Get Device Violations
  • Quarantine File
  • Get Quarantine Status
  • Restore File
  • Retrieve Files
  • Whitelist Files
  • Blacklist Files
Enhancements for Existing Public APIs The following improvements have been made to existing APIs:
  • Get Incidents - Supports filters description, incident_sources (Response returns hosts, usernames, incident_sources)
  • Get Extra Incident Data - Response returns hosts, usernames, incident_sources
  • Get All Endpoints - Supports filters hostname, username
  • Isolate and Unisolate Endpoints - Supports bulk endpoint isolate/unisolate

* - This information was adopted from Features Introduced in 2020 in our TechDocs.



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