What is Managed Detection and Response?
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What is Managed Detection and Response?

Cybersecurity is increasingly an issue for businesses of all sizes. On top of it all, 68% of business leaders feel their cybersecurity risks are increasing. In this blog, we review what is Managed Detection and Response (MDR), how it works, and the benefits of an MDR solution as part of your business continuity solution.

What is Managed Detection and Response?

Managed Detection and Response (MDR) is often mistaken as security incident alerting. But it’s not. MDR services take an active role in detecting advanced threats and proactively mitigating them before they compromise sensitive data assets or business operations. As they continuously monitor your network, an MDR service provider uses automation and their team of experts to not only detect malware and malicious activity but quickly respond and mitigate threats.

How does MDR work?

MDR collects behavioral data and about 150 event types to closely monitor entry points and your networks. Analyzing behaviors provides additional information to help identify threats. It goes beyond identifying malicious websites or bad IP addresses. MDR services identify new and old attacks with a combination of machine learning and human analysis. Should a threat present itself, MDR services detect and responds within 15 minutes.

Here is a list of how MDR services identify threats:

  • Antivirus
  • Endpoint Detection
  • Inbox Detection
  • Proactive Threat Hunting
  • Threat Intelligence from numerous sources
  • Network Detection
  • Insider Threat Detection (employees andadministrators)
  • In-memory analysis (reverse engineers code andpredicts malicious intent)

ManagedDetection and Response vs MSSPs: Why not MSSPs?

Managed Security Service Providers (MSSP) do not typically mitigate risks in your network. They identify the risks and alert your team. As a result, your IT personnel are left with responding to the threat. After learning about Managed Detection and Response, we now know that it's an advanced cybersecurity service that is preventative and responsive.

Managed Detectionand Response Benefits

There are several benefits to investing in MDR services foryour enterprise. They include:

  1. Fight cyberattacks. The number of cyberattacks is at an all-time high. Plus, it’s becoming harder to identify and deal with cyberattacks as they continue to evolve. An MDR service helps prevent and mitigate these attacks.
  2. Proactive solution. The proactive approach is becoming an appealing service. As cyberattacks rise, every industry is realizing the harm and costly ramifications for not being proactive.
  3. Within Budget. Unless you are a massive corporation, chances are there’s no budget to develop the resources or build a team for a proactive cybersecurity initiative. MDR services give every enterprise a chance at cybersecurity prevention and protection.
  4. Team Extension. Even with a big budget, it’s difficult to find the right personnel to deal with these issues. There is a shortage of trained cybersecurity experts as there 2.93 million cybersecurity positions open and unfilled around the world. In addition, this kind of team needs to be available 24/7. That is extremely costly. MDR services include a team of experts that are available 24/7.
  5. Save Time. Even with an advanced IT team, chances are they are too busy to hunt for threats. MDR services remove the stress put on IT teams.

Not allMDR services are the same

It’s true. Not all MDR services are the same. They don’t offer the exact capabilities. If you’re interested in an MDR service that combines endpoint, network, email, and insider threat detection and response, contact Assurance IT for more information. We have the perfect solution for you.

At Assurance IT, we use our EPR Methodology to assess your business continuity needs. Contact us to find out more.


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