Managed Detection and Response: What is It and Why Do You Need It?

Posted by Kelly Konya on Jun 27, 2019 3:08:59 PM
Kelly Konya

Managed detection and response (MDR) is a cybersecurity service that helps detect, analyze and, ultimately, respond to information security threats or incidents. As an outsourced, managed service, it gives an organization access to a team of experts who can monitor its IT assets 24/7/365.

Smaller to midsize organizations need to be able to detect and respond to security incidents quickly and efficiently, but many organizations lack the financial prowess to purchase a Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) and employ the correct staff to operate it. That is where MDR service comes into play. It can cost-effectively and efficiently protect companies from cybersecurity threats when they do not have in-house staff who can do so.

Why an Organization Needs Managed Detection and Response

With the proliferation of Internet-connected devices, nearly 50 million in the world today, people and organizations are becoming increasingly vulnerable to data breaches and cybersecurity threats. It is estimated that 99% of all connected devices are at risk of some type of cybersecurity attack. That is an alarming number!

Preventive cybersecurity technologies, like firewalls and antivirus software, are not enough to fully protect your company’s and your clients’ information. MDR gives your organization that much-needed extra layer of security.

MDR solutions use the third-party provider’s tools and technologies but are deployed on the user organization’s premises. MDR solutions will perform:

  • Real-time intrusion detection and response, which allows for continuous monitoring of IT environments
  • Log aggregation and threat analysis, which identifies and logs all potential threats and attacks. It also enables effective prioritization of incident response.
  • Insider threat detection, which can expose risks from a company’s own employees, contractors or vendors. The more people who have access to your servers, the more vulnerable they are. Insider threats account for 50% of breaches according to a McKinsey & Company report. Most prevention programs focus on outside problems, which is what makes this a hugely valuable aspect of MDR.
  • Incident response, which allows providers the ability to quickly analyze threats and mitigate issues rather than only alert an organization’s IT team like a managed security service would provide. MDR providers can respond remotely or on-site when needed.

The Benefits of MDR

According to research by the Enterprise Strategy Group, 82% of cybersecurity professionals agree that improving threat detection and response is a high priority for their organization. But most organizations cannot do this on their own, so they are turning to MDR providers who can quickly and cost-effectively improve threat detection and response.

Organizations with MDR solutions in place do not have to maintain expensive SIEM tools or in-house analysts as everything is handled by the provider, making it cost-effective for most companies as well as addressing the issue of a skills gap when it comes to cybersecurity expertise in most internal IT teams.

MDR also increases detection and response times, down to minutes rather than hours, days or weeks. This also helps to mitigate alert fatigue that is often experienced by internal IT staff.

Is Managed Detection and Response Right For You?

Any at-risk organization (which in today’s world, is every organization!) that does not have internal cybersecurity experts on staff will benefit from an MDR solution. If you have concerns about your company’s vulnerability to information security threats, SubRosa Cyber Solutionscan help. To learn more, contact one of our security experts today.