MDR Buyers Guide

Your Complete MDR Buyer's Guide

Recent, widely-publicized cyber attacks have made it clear to businesses and organizations across all industries that no one is immune to attack. All businesses and organizations store and use data that could be considered valuable. If your organization is connected to the internet, you are at risk. These revelations put business owners in the difficult position of ingesting a large amount of information about the complex subject of cybersecurity to catch up and find protection. Furthermore, as threat actors devise more covert and sophisticated threats, older security measures quickly become outdated, forcing high-risk organizations to find new solutions. While these natural advances of technology and the growing attack surface present a variety of challenges for businesses and other organizations, many other incidents have occurred that create a perfect storm for effective cybercrime.

A massive increase in remote work driven by pandemic restrictions, the rapid growth of the IoT, and the increased use of online communications and activities provide threat actors with a vast array of potentially vulnerable endpoints to exploit. Businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations searching for a comprehensive solution are faced with the staggering costs of setting up an in-house security operations center (SOC) and the stark reality that cybersecurity professionals are in short supply. For many, a complete solution with effective software and skilled professionals will come in the form of Managed Detection and Response (MDR).

Supplied by a third-party provider, MDR is a group of services that offers organizations the protection of an off-site SOC combined with a comprehensive security stack that allows organizations to rapidly detect, analyze, investigate, and actively respond to cybersecurity threats. A high-quality MDR solution addresses many of the pain points business leaders face when searching for a complete cybersecurity package or updating a company's existing protection. 

MDR addresses current cybersecurity needs and eliminates certain issues with other solutions in these ways.

  • MDR is a turnkey experience with a predefined security stack.
  • 24/7 assistance is provided by experienced cybersecurity professionals in an off-site SOC.
  • Services are tailored to your organization and installed by the provider.
  • The services address the four points of cybersecurity (detection, analysis, investigation, and response) required to manage a threat.
  • A variety of tools and services are combined to provide an ongoing and effective solution for existing and evolving threats.

Many organizations are already investigating MDR as a potential cybersecurity solution. However, finding the right provider and getting the services that will work for your company can be more of a challenge than anticipated. Cybersecurity offerings come in many forms and are often categorized differently by different providers. Without careful investigation, you could get services that are entirely different from what you thought you were paying for. Our MDR buyers guide is designed to help you understand the essential parts of MDR, how MDR compares to other solutions, a comparison of some top MDR providers, and what the MDR experience actually looks like from a customer's point of view.

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  • Essential Parts of MDR
  • How MDR Works to Provide the Essential Elements Necessary for Effective Threat Mitigation
  • Comparing MDR to EDR and XDR
  • Comparing Top MDR Providers
  • What Should Your Unique MDR Solution Include?
  • A Look Into the MDR Experience

The Complete MDR Buyer's Guide: Everything You Need to Make an Informed MDR Investment

Emily Miller

Emily Miller, BitLyft's dynamic Content Marketing Manager, brings a vibrant blend of creativity and clarity to the cybersecurity industry. Joining BitLyft over a year ago, Emily quickly became a key team member, using her Advertising and Public Relations degree from the University of Tampa and over 10 years of experience in graphic design, content management, writing, and digital marketing to make cybersecurity content accessible and engaging. Outside of BitLyft, Emily expresses her creativity through photography, painting, music, and reading. Currently, she's nurturing a cutting flower garden, reflecting her belief that both her work and gardening require patience, care, and creativity.

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