What challenges can Managed Detection and Response (MDR) address?
As the volume, variety, and sophistication of cybersecurity threats increase exponentially, organizations struggle to maintain security operations centers staffed with highly skilled personnel and resources. An ESG survey reveals 72% of SOCs report analytics are more difficult than two years ago. Cybersecurity talent is not keeping up with organizational demands. The same survey cites 58% of organizations cite employee skills as a key security effectiveness gap. As a result, Managed Detection and Response vendors provide a cost-effective menu of services designed to improve an enterprise’s cybersecurity defenses and minimize risk without an upfront cybersecurity investment.
MDR services provide higher skill-level analysts utilizing cutting-edge security tools and up-to-the-minute global databases beyond the reach and cost effectiveness of most enterprise budgets, skill levels, and resources. Thus, helping keep pace with continually evolving adversarial tactics and techniques.
The ESG survey shows 70% of SOCs describe having many manual processes as a limiting factor. MDR services provide an alternative to enterprises chasing the latest in advanced security products by integrating Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) tools that become a challenge for security operations teams to learn and maintain. As a result, an enterprise’s level of threat monitoring, detection, and analysis are improved without the challenge and expense required to keep an internal security team fully staffed and up to date with the latest threat data.
MDR services are not limited to greater detection and response capabilities. They also provide proactive defense intelligence and insight of advanced threats to potentially overwhelmed security teams. Detection levels are improved while dwell time of breaches are reduced. Compliance challenges also can be met using MDR services providing full stakeholder reporting and log retention on a wide range of regulations and standards.
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Benefits of Managed Detection and Response (MDR)
In the face of seemingly overwhelming security threats and campaigns, organizations are also coping with increasing security budgets and a challenging security job market lean on skilled security analysts. Gaining more protection, insight, and compliance without adding more tools and people is a goal that enterprises of all sizes seek. MDR can provide beneficial security services capable of meeting and sustaining an organization’s goals:
- 24/7 monitoring and improved communications mechanisms with experienced SOC analysts
- Experienced security analysts oversee your organization’s defenses without adding full-time staff and resources
- Complete managed endpoint threat detection and response service
- Improved threat detection and extended detection coverage
- Expert investigation of alerts and incidents, and subsequent actions
- Proactive threat hunting
- Improved threat intelligence based on indicators and behaviors captured from global insights
- Improved threat response
- Decreased breach response
- Improved forensics and higher-level investigations
- Vulnerability management
- Major incident response and log management
- Remove burden of day-to-day security management from your staff and budget
- Maintain access and customization to your organization’s security defenses
- Improved compliance and reporting
- Reduced security investment, increased ROI