While security incidents can occur at any point in the enterprise, the vast majority of them originate at endpoints. This comes as no surprise given the large number of laptops, workstations, mobile devices, servers, virtual devices and more that IT departments need to contend with today.

In order to mitigate the risks of these diverse resources, IT departments must implement the latest threat detection solutions. Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done due to the crowded cybersecurity landscape and abundance of nearly indistinguishable acronyms!

With that in mind, we have outlined the three primary forms of detection and response technologies that are available today. We’ll dive in deep on one solution, known as Managed XDR (Extended Dectection and Response, MXDR).

In the article below, we discuss why this innovative endpoint protection technology is poised to be the future of cybersecurity. Our goal is to help you make informed decisions when it comes to your organization’s security and data protection.

XDR vs. EDR vs. MDR
Before we examine the specific advantages of managed XDR, it is important to discuss the three broader endpoint detection solutions.

EDR: Endpoint Detection and Response
EDR is a predictive endpoint security solution. This technology is capable of identifying new malware and more advanced threats than traditional endpoint security.

Most EDR software relies on a combination of machine learning, file analysis, and threat-specific artificial intelligence (AI). EDR is capable of rapidly responding to breaches and containing harmful malware.

MDR: Managed Detection and Response
While often discussed as a separate technology, MDR actually falls under the umbrella of managed services.

Organizations with limited experience or resources can partner with a managed security service provider (MSSP) in order to gain access to advanced detection and response technologies. An MSSP will implement advanced cybersecurity solutions, deploying analytics software, EDR technologies, and other resources.

XDR: Extended Detection and Response
XDR extends security telemetry beyond the scope of EDR software. This evolved iteration of endpoint detection and response technology does more than just correlate activities across endpoints. XDR also analyses the endpoints of networks, servers, cloud resources, and other digital assets and brings together intelligent analyitics that foster a deeper insight into your technological landscape.

XDR relies on response orchestration, AI, automation, machine learning, and other advanced capabilities in order to provide security teams with high fidelity information regarding potential threats.

What Is Managed XDR?
As the name suggests, managed XDR refers to extended detection and response technologies that are provided by an MSSP.

Managed XDR is an excellent option for small to medium-sized businesses that need to modernize their current cybersecurity programs due to the dynamic capabilities of today’s threat actors.

Benefits of Managed XDR Cybersecurity Solutions
Managed XDR cybersecurity solutions provide a wide array of benefits to organizations of all sizes. Specifically, managed XDR will:

Improve Detection Capabilities
Managed XDR provides organizations with 24/7 monitoring capabilities. The XDR software will continuously sweep for any indicators of a compromise or attack.

If such indicators are detected, the program will automatically alert IT team members and begin to proactively defend against the potentially compromised data.

Enhance Investigation Into Threats
MSSP and XDR technologies can also improve the investigative process in the event that an attack occurs. XDR tools will analyze vast amounts of data in order to provide a comprehnisive picture of the incident. The MSSP will be able to identify the root cause of the attack, as well as the prolifiration and potential organizational impact.

MSSP analysts can gain valuable insights from the data collected by the XDR technology. They can leverage this data in order to improve upon the existing security posture.

Provide Targeted Response Capabilities
In the event of a compromise or attack, the managed XDR solutions will automatically work to contain threats. They will also utilize any newly identified indicators of compromise (IoCs) in order to proactively prevent future attacks.

Since this XDR solution is fully managed by a third-party MSSP, clients will have access to step-by-step guidance on how the MSSP’s analyst responded to the threat.

An XDR solution also includes customized clean-up tools that will help organizations recover from the incident.

The Premier Dallas Managed Security Service Provider
If you want to protect your invaluable digital assets from looming cybersecurity threats, managed XDR solutions are the most effective option. However, you will need to partner with an experienced cybersecurity provider in order to implement these new technologies. While there are many providers available, few can stack up to Zyston.

Our organization is the recipient of multiple awards in recognition of our excellence within the cybersecurity industry. Most recently, Zyston has been named to MSSP Alert’s Top 250 MSSPs List for 2021.

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