Endpoint detection and response (EDR) and managed detection and response (MDR) are both solutions designed to help improve an organization’s security posture through the use of advanced security technologies. However, EDR and MDR have different core focuses and solve security challenges in very different ways.
Learn what are the main differences between EDR and MDR and how to choose the right solution for your business.
EDR solutions are designed to offer next-generation corporate endpoint security. The primary objective of EDR is to integrate multiple layers of threat prevention, detection, and response into a single solution.
EDR solutions work by leveraging increased visibility into an endpoint to more effectively detect potential threats.
Key capabilities of an EDR solution include:
In the end, EDR is a more comprehensive and effective method for protecting an endpoint against cyber threats.
MDR is a security as a service offering. The primary goal of MDR is to enable an organization to replace or expand its in-house security operations center (SOC) with a third-party service. An MDR solution provides all of the tools, personnel, and expertise that an organization requires to protect itself against cyber threats.
MDR providers offer comprehensive security as a service.
Some key benefits of an MDR service include:
At its core, MDR provides companies with everything that it needs to protect itself against the evolving cyber threat landscape
MDR and EDR are both designed to help an organization leverage state-of-the-art security solutions to improve its protection against cyber threats.
In both cases, improved visibility and security integration are crucial value adds. However, MDR and EDR are very different. EDR is a tool that is deployed to protect a particular endpoint, while MDR is a service that provides security monitoring and management across an organization’s entire IT environment.
An MDR provider may include EDR solutions as part of its toolkit, and MDR vs. EDR is not an “either-or” choice. Companies should implement the best available solutions to all of their security challenges, which often means both EDR and MDR.
MDR and EDR are both designed to help improve an organization’s security posture and address key security challenges. However, they are very different things and are primarily designed to solve different problems. MDR provides a solution to the skills shortage that many organizations face, while EDR provides much-needed security visibility and management for corporate endpoints.
Both MDR and EDR have their places in a corporate cybersecurity strategy. Check Point provides both EDR solutions and MDR services as part of its cybersecurity portfolio. To learn more about endpoint security and how EDR can help, request a free demo of Check Point Harmony Endpoint. For more information about Check Point’s security as a service offering, sign up for a demo of Check Point MDR.