What Is MDR?
How Novawatch Can Improve Your Organizations Cybersecurity Posture
The importance of cybersecurity is a growing concern for every organization. Considering how much data businesses collect and store, protecting that data is vital to their success. Unfortunately, cyberattacks are becoming more frequent and sophisticated as well. To protect against these threats, organizations need technology that can detect malicious activity at scale while also providing the flexibility to adapt to new threats as they emerge. MDR offers these benefits and more. Let’s explore some of them in more detail.
Managed Detection and Response (MDR) is a practical service framework for cybersecurity.
MDR is a proactive approach to cybersecurity, which means it works by identifying threats before they have the opportunity to cause harm.
To illustrate, MDR improves security posture by proactively identifying threats in a company’s network and lessening the risk of breaches. In addition, MDR provides organizations with detailed reports about their security posture, so they can make changes to improve their defenses against future attacks. There are three defining components to MDR services:
- Detection and monitoring
- Continuous improvement
Specifically, MDR is a service framework that helps organizations proactively identify and respond to cyber threats in real time. It’s not just an endpoint protection tool; it’s also a service framework.
MDR services focus on proactive cyber defense, threat hunting, and response capabilities.
Did you know that cybercriminals can now penetrate 93% of company networks? An MDR scanner works by sending out a range of false positive commands to the devices in your network. It looks for anomalies in how they respond back to the scanner. If an unauthorized device responds with a different response code than the rest of your network’s devices, it can be identified as suspicious.
Then, you can take action against that device if necessary (or just use it for target practice). This helps improve security posture by proactively identifying threats in a company’s network and lessening the risk of breaches occurring as quickly or easily as they otherwise might have been able to do so without MDR technology being present in place first before any damages could happen at all during an attack where no prevention measures were taken beforehand either manually or automatically via some kind of automated process.
The most apparent benefit of MDR is that it will help you detect and prevent threats faster than ever before. That’s because, for the first time, your company can see all network traffic in real-time. This means you will no longer have to wait until a threat has been identified by your security team.
Instead, when a suspicious file or piece of malware comes across your networks, it will be automatically flagged by the MDR software as malware-related and removed from the system before it can infect any sensitive data or systems—and without alerting or disrupting users who aren’t aware of its presence on their desktops or laptops.
In other words: “Fewer surprises! More peace of mind!”
By proactively addressing potential threats with minimal impact on productivity (i.e., no loss in employee efficiency), companies with MDR solutions can reduce risk while maintaining an optimal business environment for employees and customers alike—all while meeting compliance mandates set forth by governments around the world through laws like GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).
Simplified security: MDR offers simplified security, relying on a single solution provider for all threat protection needs.
Simplified security: MDR gives organizations simplified security, relying on a single solution provider for all their threat protection needs.
- One vendor for all your security needs.
- One platform to manage.
- One team to support.
- One system to update.
Firewalls don’t keep threats out of your network.
In 2021, organizations experienced a 50% increase in cyberattacks weekly compared to 2020. Hence, you’re probably painfully aware of how ineffective firewalls prevent threats from entering your network. Rather than stop intruders, firewalls often just keep them out of sight. In fact, it’s more accurate to say that firewalls don’t do anything at all—at least not in the traditional sense. They can’t detect threats, prevent them from entering, or even block them entirely once they’ve entered your network.
Moreover, if an attacker wants to get inside your network and cause damage (or steal data), he or she doesn’t need to find any gaps in your firewall—he or she just needs to use one of many publicly available tools like Nmap and perform a port scan on every port.
Firewalls are not designed to detect data exfiltration. They’re not designed to detect data theft, leakage, or loss. As a result, you’re left with thousands of holes in your network security where hackers can sneak in and start making off with your company’s most valuable asset: Its data.
MDR, on the other hand, is built explicitly for detecting all of these issues and more because it uses AI-based machine learning algorithms that adapt to any new threats that come along—not just those specific ones identified by vendors in their own marketing materials (which may be years out of date).
Take a proactive approach.
MDR is a proactive approach to security management. In the event of a breach, you can take immediate action once you have some idea about what’s happening on your network and why.
Invariably, the best way to detect breaches is by proactively monitoring for malicious behavior and then taking steps to mitigate the impact of attacks before they can cause damage. In this way, MDR has been proven time and time again as a good defense against cybercrime.
For instance, if you have an antivirus solution installed but it’s not detecting a threat as dangerous as it actually is, your company is leaving itself vulnerable. An MDR service will provide additional context about the problem and where it came from, allowing for proper remediation measures to be taken immediately.
It’s not enough to block the threats you know of; you need to know about all of them, including the ones you don’t. We do this with advanced analytics and integrated threat intelligence that go beyond traditional firewall functionality to provide a multi-layered approach to security. With managed detection and response tools, we analyze your network traffic for anomalies and malicious behavior, then help you respond quickly when an incident occurs.
The threat landscape is complex: Threats are evolving, constantly changing, and difficult to manage—especially if you’re not using a multi-layered approach like MDR tools with advanced analytics and integrated threat intelligence.
Better decisions: MDR lets you make better-informed decisions about the threats they face and how to respond.
MDR gives you better visibility into your network and helps you make better-informed decisions about the threats you are facing and how to respond.
“Wait,” you say, “I can see what’s happening at the edge?” Yes! With MDR, you can identify intrusions in their networks earlier than ever and take action on them quickly before they become serious threats. In addition to identifying attacks faster than ever, organizations also have more information available to help them respond in a way that makes sense for their business.
If your organization is required to meet data privacy and security regulations such as the GDPR, HIPAA, SOX, PCI DSS, and FISMA, an auditing solution can provide a more streamlined way to measure and report on their compliance compared to a firewall.
These regulations often require monitoring systems that track all activities related to sensitive personal data. The right MDR service provides this capability while maintaining high visibility into network activity by providing real-time analysis of all traffic across your network.
We’re not going to let a little thing like cybersecurity get in the way of your business.
You know what they say: Time is money. That’s why we’re here to help you save both.
We know you’re busy, and we know your company is important. That’s why we’re prepared with a security operations team that uses the latest network monitoring and intrusion detection (IDS) technologies to track suspicious traffic inside your network, and quickly determine malicious intent.
Improve customer relationships.
As a provider of MDR services, you’ll establish stronger customer relationships by ensuring that your partners are better protected against cyber threats. You’ll be able to give them the peace of mind they need to trust your products and services more. This can lead customers to:
- Buy more often.
- Recommend your products or services to others.
- Use them again in the future.
MDR provides substantial value for cybersecurity.
MDR is a proactive approach that helps detect threats faster and improves customer relationships, resulting in brand loyalty and better retention rates. This means it’s easier to build your business because you’re able to grow your customer base and retain existing customers while showing them how secure your products are.
MDR also provides more robust product agility by allowing companies to deliver new features more quickly, ultimately improving their chances of success in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Finally, MDR is scalable, meaning you don’t have to start from scratch when working with different intelligence feeds—you can use one platform for all of them.
Adding MDR capabilities to your security toolkit can improve your overall security posture.
Adding MDR capabilities to your security toolkit can improve your overall security posture. MDR is a way to improve security posture by proactively identifying threats in a company’s network and lessening the risk of breaches.
It provides your organization with detailed reports about its security posture, identifies areas where you are vulnerable or at risk, and highlights areas that have been successfully defended against malicious activity. It also extends beyond traditional perimeter defenses by using data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to detect threats within networks.
MDR is a powerful tool for cybersecurity. It can help you spot threats faster and respond to them more effectively. We hope this blog post has provided valuable insight into MDR and how it can benefit your organization.
The best part? You can get started right away. With MDR, there are no upfront costs or long-term contracts; this makes it easy to start using these services without worrying about any long-term commitments or fees! You only need access to the Internet—and maybe some snacks while NovaWatch helps you hunt for bad guys online.
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