The cybersecurity threat landscape is evolving, and organizations need advanced security solutions to keep up. Endpoint detection and response (EDR) is an effective tool for protecting the enterprise. However, many organizations lack the personnel and security expertise required to effectively manage EDR internally.
Managed detection and response (MDR) provides an organization with the tools that it needs to effectively protect itself from cyber threats. By partnering with an MDR provider, an organization gains access to a 24/7 security operations center (SOC) and the security expertise necessary to effectively protect the organization. MDR goes beyond simply trying to stop an ongoing attack and works to ensure that an organization will never have to worry about being impacted by the same cyberattack twice.
Managed detection and response is a category of a Security-as-a-Service offering, where an organization outsources some of its security operations to a third-party provider. As its name suggests, it goes beyond simply detecting threats to actually working to remediate them on an organization’s network.
An MDR service offering typically includes a few different features:
Implementing a robust cybersecurity program is a challenge for many organizations due to a number of different factors. Managed detection and response provides an answer to many of the challenges faced by organizations attempting to increase their security maturity and decrease their cybersecurity risk, such as:
The effectiveness of an MDR provider depends primarily on two things. The first is the expertise that the provider has in-house. An effective MDR provider will have the in-house expertise necessary to handle any situation that a customer may encounter. This includes a 24/7 SOC, incident response teams, and expertise in securing different platforms, such as cloud computing and endpoint devices used in the enterprise.
However, these teams can only be effective if they have the tools that they need. An MDR provider requires full visibility into a customer’s network, robust data analytics, and the ability to rapidly respond to potential security incidents.