Many things within the cybersecurity industry are evolving, including the continuous attack surface expansion. Cybercriminals are developing their tactics and growing in sophistication. Many organizations struggle to maintain the necessary level of cybersecurity to protect themselves. This is only exacerbated by skills and staffing shortages and a lack of resources, leaving them vulnerable and exposed to breaches.
Many organizations (tiny to midsize businesses) lack the proper resources to gather and analyze threat intelligence internally when it comes to security operations. They, therefore, must rely on third-party to secure their business-critical systems. Consequently, organizations are looking for the best cybersecurity solution to deploy, monitoring the threat landscape and protecting them from imminent cyber threats. Unfortunately, threat intelligence is what directs security, and to stay ahead of the curve, organizations must realize that endpoint security is no longer enough. Instead, they must implement solutions that mitigate the impact of an attack and prevent security incidents from occurring in the future.
This is where MDR (Managed Detection and Response) can be the most valuable asset to predict and prevent cybersecurity issues. But the question often arises: what is MDR, and why does it matter?
What is MDR?
MDR identifies and removes cyber threats from an organization’s environment. It allows an organization to pass the responsibility of monitoring and analyzing security threats to an offsite Security Operations Centre (SOC) and team. With the help of advanced cybersecurity threat detection and remediation technology, an external team of security experts perform threat hunting, monitoring, and response, allowing them to quickly identify threats and limit the impacts on an organization’s system. Endpoint detection and response (EDR) provides these teams with the necessary visibility into the activity on an endpoint. From here, the experienced threat analysts can triage the various alerts processed and determine an appropriate response to reduce the impact of any serious threats.
Managed Cybersecurity, or MDR, provides 24/7 security and allows the organization’s internal IT team to focus on more strategic projects.
Benefits of MDR:
- Prioritization: This alleviates the daily effort IT teams have of sifting through several alerts to determine which one to address first, ensuring that critical updates are deployed and critical threats are remediated.
- Threat hunting: The SOC experts can identify and alert stealthiest and most evasive threats to avoid gaps in security monitoring to ensure that evolving cybercriminal techniques do not go unnoticed.
- Investigation: This allows organizations to understand what happened and the attacker’s movement. This forensic examination creates a map of cybercriminal activity, ensuring that weak points are secured and recommending further action.
- Guided response: Using this, organizations receive actionable advice on the best ways to contain and remediate a specific threat. When combined with the investigation and threat hunting, a guided response can help you manage your risk profile.
- Remediation: With this final step, organizations restore their systems to a pre-attack state by removing malware, cleaning the registry, ejecting intruders, and removing persistence mechanisms. Remediating security issues can be time-consuming for internal security teams already overwhelmed and underfunded.
Why do you need MDR?
By implementing MDR, organizations can improve their security posture and reduce threat actor dwell time. It restores damaged endpoints to a ‘good status’ and allows internal staff to prioritize other tasks, reducing the chance of business interruptions. The SOC team will be around to address threats facing the organization and customers.
In addition, MDR automatically supports organizations in meeting compliance challenges. Moreover, MDR provides full stakeholder reporting and logging – avoiding any incompliance fines or penalties that can severely damage revenue or brand trust.
According to Gartner, by 2025, 50% of organizations will be using MDR services for threat monitoring, detection and response functions that offer threat containment and mitigation capabilities.
Obrela’s MDR provides organizations with a 360 security programme that can integrate in real-time. It uses threat detection with detailed risk management and enables complete vulnerability management. In addition, Obrela’s SOCaaS offers around the clock real-time monitoring, detection and analysis. Our Blue Team goes above and beyond to prevent any advanced targeted attacks lurking on a network proactively. Finally, Obrela CSIRT minimizes any operational risk and allows organizations to control the impact of any incidents, providing a tailored approach, faster response, and greater visibility over endpoints.
Ultimately, MDR services will provide organizations with the higher skill-level analysis and the innovative tools they need to address the constantly growing attack surface. The proactive defence intelligence and around the clock monitoring allow for a robust security perimeter and drastically reduce the time threat actors spend lurking on a network undetected.