Today’s security teams face greater complexity than ever before: sprawling attack surfaces, mounting data, noisy systems, and an industry-wide resource deficit. Businesses need to recognise that finding efficiencies is the only way to drive successful detection and response in modern eco-systems.

Business security teams are charged with making attackers’ lives as hard as possible. While continuously reducing your attack surface is a vital component to reducing your threat, preventative measures are only intended to slow attackers down. If an attacker wants into your network, they will likely make it happen. Organisations need to complement their preventative efforts with incident detection and response capability to find attackers immediately after they breach your security to stop them in their tracks and reduce the level of damage or threat to your business.

1. What is Managed Threat Detection & Response?

Managed Detection and Response (MDR) is a managed cyber security service that offers intrusion detection of malware and malicious activity in your network and assists in fast incident response to eliminate threats with succinct response actions. MDR usually combines a technology solution with outsourced security analysts that extend your technologies and team.

2. What’s the difference between MDRand MSSPs or Managed SIEMs?

Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) monitor network security controls and send alerts when anomalies are identified. MSSPs typically do not investigate the irregularities to eliminate false positives or respond to real threats. It means that abnormalities in network usage are forwarded to your IT personnel, who must then dig through the data to determine if there is a real threat and what to do about it.

MDR services focus specifically on improving an organisation’s advanced threat detection, investigation, and response. They are used to augment and enhance internal capabilities. They frequently examine similar data sets as MSSPs, such as network logs or endpoint telemetry, but at a much greater depth. They are specifically tailored to use advanced technologies such as Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR), behavioural analytics, specialised forensics tools, and custom security event management platforms. Usually designed to plug into the organisation’s SIEM, workflow, and SecOp tools. Some also include additional data source ingestion options and charges.

3. Does MDR Incorporate Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial intelligence as applied to security problems is nascent. Automating intelligence using computing has potential, but that potential won’t be met for some time, and there’s a growing arms race with criminals that weaponise AI to defeat AI. Today, and for the foreseeable future, the only reliable analysts are humans.

With that said, artificial intelligence can be an incredible force multiplier to human expertise. For example, Rapid7’s monitoring platform, InsightIDR uses advanced threat detection to sift through millions of network events and identify suspicious activity for human investigation. Rapid7 analysts then investigate and use real-time incident validation to contain malicious endpoint and user threats within 10 minutes. In short, artificial intelligence will help with the detection, but humans effectively do the hard work.

4. Why should I Invest in a Managed Detection and Response Solution?

Enterprise, mid-market, and SMB firms are turning to MDR because they want the benefits of today’s most advanced detection technology and practitioners to defend their organisation. They might not have the resources to build a highly specialised team or to layer a technical solution on top of their existing security program.

Yesterday's SIEM tools were not built for today's hybrid, remote, and cloud environments.Setting up a traditional SIEM in your current tech stack can feel like navigating an endless maze of hardware, data sources, workarounds, and different interfaces. This complexity inherently contradicts the actual goal of a SIEM: a focus on finding and eliminating threats. As a result, most traditional SIEMs' promises are never realised because these solutions are so complex that they're never fully deployed.

With this in mind, these are some of the undeniable advantages of MDR:

  • Next Generation SOC provides an end-to-end incident management capability
  • Contain threats in less than 10 minutes via complete 24/7/365 coverage
  • 27% fewer false positives with 900 pre-built detections to identify threats early
  • Significantly reduce the number of security alerts you will receive
  • Reduce effort for incident management by 38%
  • See 4.5x Return on investment after three years

5. Who provides MDR, and how do I implement it within in my organisation?

Rapid7 offers Managed Detection and Response services. It uses multiple advanced detection methods to detect advanced threats. Various detection methods that Rapid7 uses include proprietary threat intelligence, human threat hunts, behavioural analytics, and network traffic analysis.

It provides detailed reports that will help you with taking remediation and mitigation actions according to your program.

Key Features Include:

  • 24x7 security operations from detection and response experts
  • Detection coverage across the SOC Triad to find network, user, and endpoint threats
  • Assigned security advisor offers guidance tailored to improving your security program
  • Real-time incident validation and Active Response contains malicious endpoint and user threats within 10 minutes
  • Gain unmatched visibility by connecting to unlimited event sources— with no data ingestion limits

Why Dragonfly works with Rapid7 technology

Rapid7 MDR services are available for security teams of any size and use a combination of security expertise and technology to detect dynamic threats quickly across your entire eco-system. Dragonfly in partnership with Rapid7 provide hands-on, 24/7/365 monitoring, proactive threat hunting, practical response support, tailored security guidance, and a team of Active Response experts to stop malicious activity and help accelerate security maturity.  

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