As a result of open systems and distributed workforces, there has been an increase in cybersecurity concerns. With the DIY approach to cybersecurity failing in a market with a talent shortage, Managed Detection and Response (MDR) is the best strategy at the moment.
Many businesses have realized that the DIY, best-of-breed approach to security is not keeping them secure because of the increase in cybersecurity threats since the pandemic and the transition to remote work, which has led to an increase in entry points vulnerable to attack.
On paper, the concept of putting together comprehensive security stacks, including Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), endpoint sensor, best firewalls, and numerous other products from different vendors, seemed like a good strategy. Even while these tools may be excellent, they must all be carefully configured and reconfigured to take into account a company’s shifting security needs in order for them to work as intended. It is difficult and time-consuming to configure and reconfigure so many tools, but if done incorrectly, it leaves vulnerabilities that malicious actors might exploit.
DIY No Longer Works
Even when tools are set up properly, they can produce a steady stream of low-fidelity alerts that create excessive noise, making it more challenging for understaffed and overworked SecOps teams to recognize and analyze signals suggesting a serious incident.
This situation is rather common, especially for businesses with limited resources that are unable to hire enough security specialists due to the persistent skill scarcity in the field of cybersecurity.
In order to support the cybersecurity capabilities of an organization, it is crucial to have assistance from a team of experienced engineers—who can monitor for threats 24/7, eliminate unnecessary tools, investigate true positive alerts, and supplement the necessary ones with managed services.
The Drawbacks of MSSPs
Many companies now have access to Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs), which they can use to either enhance internal security efforts or completely offload security. MSSPs provide network security services to businesses, easing the burden on IT staff and giving them more time to focus on their more pressing areas. Some of these MSSPs have a mixed reputation for simply forwarding alerts of potential dangers to customers to address on their own, rather than carefully reviewing each alert to establish whether a threat exists.
An MSSP is a great option for an enterprise that currently has the internal capacity to identify threats and take appropriate action. But even if a business agrees to engage with the MSSP, it will still have to put in extra effort to maintain its security.
How Can MDR Help?
Managed Detection and Response (MDR) has become a more effective method of managing and detecting threats early on by bypassing existing controls and by actively looking for threats. MDRs offers the additional benefit of an active response to attacks. MDR addresses restrictions posed by a lack of cybersecurity talent and the issue of too many tools causing excessive numbers of false positive alerts. An MDR service provider focuses on outcomes rather than alerts, identifies breaches early on to avoid them, and responds with a remediation plan if a breach does occur.
For enterprises that do not have a SOC, MDR can utilize an existing security plane, doing away with the need to buy competing and independent security stack components. In these circumstances, customers merely need to pay a regular service fee and are sheltered from additional technology costs. In a time when security threats are becoming increasingly serious, these cost savings are tremendous. Having a SOC means that a company will have cybersecurity experts protecting their critical assets 24/7
By handling the minute details required for fully operationalized cybersecurity, an MDR service provider saves businesses time and money. Since talent is scarce, attack surfaces are expanding, and there are more risks than ever, it is the best way to safeguard businesses.
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