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5 Reasons Enterprises Benefit from Managed Threat Detection and Response

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The modern enterprise generates massive amounts of user and system activity data that results in an avalanche of alerts. How do you keep pace with identifying what’s a real threat? Do you have the right tools to stay on top of everything? Does your IT security staff have the necessary expertise to make sense of it all, and if yes, do they have the cycles required to defend you 24/7?

If your responses leave you feeling vulnerable and a bit overwhelmed, a managed threat detection and response (MDR) service may be the right solution to addressing these challenges. Consider the following five reasons for managed detection and response services:

1. Centralizing your security information

Today’s digital business landscape employs a complex ecosystem of devices providing diverse services. Some are edge devices, such as firewalls and IDS/IPS systems. Others include wireless access points, antivirus tools, endpoint threat detection, and so on. With so many devices generating thousands of siloed event logs, it is imperative to centralize and aggregate this data into one source to identify anomalous activity that may indicate malicious activity for investigation, while also easing the burdens of compliance reporting that mandates collection of system and user activity.

2. Pinpoint threat detection

Managed detection and response (MDR) is designed to detect real threats to your business. Many organizations are overrun with tools that generate waves of alerts. Too often, these alerts result in false positives that are expensive and time-consuming to resolve. MDR delivers automated cross-correlation and analysis of alerts across multiple systems, providing centralized visibility to events in real time, allowing for faster and more accurate identification of what is real and truly requires prioritized response, thereby reducing alert fatigue.

3. Customizing your system for best protection

Along with recognizing your network devices and understanding actual threats, an MDR solution is designed to provide tailor-made protection tuned to the unique conditions of your network environment. This customized configuration is based on the type of servers and applications you run and the different user community profiles that make up your workforce. As your environment changes, the solution can be easily modified to adapt. An example of this would be a sudden shift of office-based user activity to remote.

 4. Real-time notifications and time efficiency

While the MDR solution constantly detects and protects against changes within routers, firewalls, and other servers, it also gathers full configuration information and recognizes changes in threat feeds, blacklists, and geolocations. This improves the accuracy in monitoring and reporting. When you combine that with an expert staff of Security Operations Center (SOC) analysts, you have a threat detection system that stands ready to identify, respond, and remediate threats to your business.

5. Regulatory compliance fulfillment

All organizations with personal information must operate within the bounds of FFIEC, HIPAA, PCI, and other security regulations. A managed detection and response solution helps in achieving compliance. When the request comes in looking for an audit report or exam, the MDR system can generate the needed reports on controls such as user access logs, system changes, and any other required monitoring adherence.

A managed detection and response solution can deliver the visibility and protection you need, and depending on how extensive of coverage you want, the solutions may vary. For the best coverage and MDR solution for your thriving company, give us a call to discuss how we can help you achieve better security and compliance outcomes.

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