The Ultimate Guide to Managed Detection and Response (MDR)

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Managed Detection and Response (MDR) goes by a variety of names like Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR), or maybe even XDR. Sure, the technologies may vary a bit, but the common denominator is that MDR will help your organization with proactive threat detection and response. Read More

Managed Detection and Response (MDR) goes by a variety of names like Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR), or maybe even XDR. Sure, the technologies may vary a bit, but the common denominator is that MDR will help your organization with proactive threat detection and response. 

At Cybriant, we call our MDR service Managed Detection and Remediation because our team will work with you to help remediate any issues that are found during the MDR process.

What is Managed Detection and Response?

MDR is an outsourced managed security service that provides advanced protection on endpoints. MDR provides more advanced and deeper detection plus the ability to stop malware in its tracks. Typically, MDR uses AI and machine learning for deeper security analysis.


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What is the difference between EDR and MDR? 

We go into detail about the difference between EDR and MDR is a previous blog post. See more details here but here are some highlights:

You may have noticed that we recently launched an MDR service: Managed Detection and Remediation – formerly known as Managed EDR. The reason for this change is because our services offer a much more in-depth remediation aspect than a traditional EDR or Endpoint Detection and Response service.

What is Managed EDR?

EDR is typically considered next-generation antivirus that is focused on endpoints or hosts. EDR depends on a software agent that is installed on the endpoint and sends information to a centralized database for analysis. As a Managed EDR, our team would analyze your data and potentially stop any malware threats.

EDR was an excellent progression from antivirus because you could record and store user behaviors and events on endpoints. Plus, with a managed service, if a user clicked on a phishing email, we stopped malware before it could execute.

While the service is still very similar, we consider EDR the “Lite” version of MDR. Take a look and consider why MDR might be right for you.

What is Managed Detection and Remediation?

We’ve taken EDR to the next level so we not only detect intrusions malware, and malicious activity on your network, we will assist you to eliminate and mitigate those threats. It is vital that we include a small piece of software on every device you would like track, but the software we use is lightest available. Your users won’t even know it’s there.

The software is important but the most vital part of our MDR service is the team of analysts that watch your network 24/7. We eliminate false positives and identify real security threats. Our team reduces the time to detection to hours if not minutes. Plus, we help you mediate and remove the threat.

The point of our upgraded version of EDR is that remediation is essential to your organization’s cybersecurity success. Sure, it’s great if you are aware of the threats to your network, but what do you do about it? Our team of security experts (that is watching your network on a 24/7 basis) not only alerts you to any threats, but they also walk you through the remediation process.

See what our clients have to say about us on G2 Crowd. 

Why Choose MDR Security?

Do you need a Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service? Isn’t antivirus enough to protect your endpoints? Here are some questions to ask yourself in the process of deciding if MDR is right for you:

  • Do you have a way to detect malicious executables before they run and if they are bad prevent them from executing?
  • How are you currently controlling how scripts are used in your environment?
  • Are you prepared to protect yourself from fileless malware attacks?
  • How are you protecting yourself from phishing attacks?
  • Are you prepared to defend your business against a malicious USB or an insider attempting to exfiltrate data?
  • How quickly can you respond to a security incident?
  • How do you validate suspicious activity on your endpoints?
  • Are you currently using your real attack data to improve your overall security posture?
  • What tools do you have in place to investigate endpoints?
  • Can you search for historical information about your endpoints?
  • Are you able to use indicators of compromise to root out threats on your endpoints?
  • Do you have a way to detect threats automatically?

Drop us a note if you have any questions about the responses you have for these questions.

Managed Detection and Remediation Benefits

When you outsource the management of your Managed Detection and Remediation (MDR) to Cybriant, our security analysts are able to:

  • Perform root cause analysis for any blocked threat or any other artifact deemed important found on an endpoint
  • Proactively search endpoints for signs of threats commonly referred to as threat hunting
  • Take decisive action when a security incident, or potential incident, is identified

Suspicious Activity Validation

Cybriant uses AI-based threat prevention, running locally on your endpoint, that has a field-proven record of preventing well over 99% of threats, both known and unknown, from executing on your endpoint, without signatures, cloud lookups, or significant impact on your endpoint.
Using AI, we can stop bad executables before they can hurt your business. Time is of the essence when it comes to a security incident. Our analysts can decisive action when a security incident is identified or a threat needs to be mitigated.

Our analysts can immediately investigate any endpoint in your environment to determine if the activity is in fact malicious. Real attack data is an invaluable source of intelligence for your security team. Without deploying sandbox technology, our analysts can get a glimpse into the mind of the attacker and how they try to compromise your endpoint.

Threat Hunting and Suspicious Activity Detection

Using AI, our analysts will stamp out a potential compromise before it has the chance to do harm. Along with a curated set of forensically relevant data on your endpoints, You also get script control, memory protection, application control, and device usage management to block additional threat vectors.

Is MDR right for you? 


Managed Detection and Response (MDR) and SIEM are different solutions but they are complementary to each other and work well together, especially in a managed solution – we have a service called PREtect that uses both as well as vulnerability management.

A SIEM that is performing at peak performance should outperform MDR in detection. Detection is the key to SIEM. It’s important to have a team that can help respond to any problem that is detected. A SIEM can be deemed pointless if it is only noise and you aren’t able to respond to any potential threats.

An MDR should outperform a SIEM in prevention. MDR is designed for endpoint prevention and analysis. But both MDR and SIEM require staff training, tuning, and maintenance

However, the distinctions between the two blur their common purpose and obscure the importance of a holistic cybersecurity platform in the enterprise network. Cybersecurity solutions perform optimally when they integrate effectively with each other and utilize their different capabilities.

Consider Both – MDR and SIEM

Instead of MDR vs. SIEM try EDR and SIEM with a service called PREtect. 

PREtect offers Managed SIEM with LIVE 24/7 security monitoring and analysis with actionable threat intelligence. We also include next-generation endpoint technology that utilizes AI and machine learning to insulate endpoint devices from malicious code while capturing and analyzing forensic data that Cybriant’s Security Engineers can then utilize to further isolate and remedy the threat. pretect

PREtect SIEM Features Include:

  • SIEM Customization
  • SIEM Optimization
  • 24/7 Analysis and Alerts
  • Remediation
  • Executive Reports
  • Periodic Health checks

PREtect MDR Features Include:

  • True Zero-Day Protection
  • AI-Driven Malware Prevention
  • Script Management
  • Device Usage Policy Enforcement
  • Memory Exploitation Detection and PRevention
  • Application Control for Fixed -Function Devices

Consider MDR Free 30-Day Trial

Here are 7 great reasons to give Cybriant MDR a try. Find out more about our free trial offer here. 

#1. Discover what traditional Antivirus has missed

Many organizations are not comfortable removing their antivirus product completely. Very often, clients will utilize Managed Detection and Response (MDR) security services to determine just how much their current AV has missed. You’ll have the ability to detect and prevent hidden exploit processes that are more complex than a simple signature or pattern and evade traditional antivirus.

#2. Improved Threat Intelligence with AI

It’s possible to use the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to block malware infections with additional security controls that safeguard against script-based, fileless, memory, and external device-based attacks. Unlike traditional endpoint security products that rely on signatures and behavior analysis to detect threats in the environment, our MDR platform uses AI, not signatures, to identify and block known and unknown malware from running on endpoints.

#3. Increased visibility throughout endpoints.

With MDR security, we can detect malicious activities and simplify security incident response on endpoints including applications, processes, and communications. It’s possible to stop attacks before they cause harm, vs allowing attacks to happen, then clean up the mess.

#4. Alerts and defensive responses when an actual threat is detected

When you work with Cybriant, our analysts can immediately investigate any endpoint in your environment to determine if the activity is in fact malicious. Real attack data is an invaluable source of intelligence for your security team. Without deploying sandbox technology, our analysts can get a glimpse into the mind of the attacker and how they try to compromise your endpoint.

#5. Forensic capabilities

Once an attacker is inside, you need the ability to take a deep dive into their activities, so you can understand their movements and minimize the impact of the breach. When sensitive data has been compromised, the livelihood of your business is at stake. The longer it takes to discover and remediate the cause of a breach, the greater the chance of damage to the company’s reputation and business operations. To limit the amount of exposure and prevent further breaches, organizations need a forensic team dedicated to piecing together any evidence and understand the scope of the breach.

#6. Data collection to build a repository for analytics

With MDR security, you have a team of endpoint security experts not only utilizing next-generation tools on your behalf, but they are also feeding back information to your organization on how to respond to alerts. Our security team brings together endpoint analysts, incident responders, forensics experts, and security engineers. They understand what normal endpoint activity should look like, when a more thorough investigation is required when to raise the alarm, and how to respond.

#7. Consolidated Endpoint Security efforts

Endpoint security has evolved over the decades into several reactive technologies to attempt to stay ahead of the constantly changing threat landscape and provide protection, but today a new kind of endpoint security technology can help reduce the number of overall technologies deployed on the endpoint. The use of artificial intelligence to protect the endpoint is enabling organizations to reduce their deployed technologies because the effectiveness rate is so superior to traditional signature-based security.

How many different technologies are deployed on your users’ endpoints? How many full-time employees does it take to manage those technologies? By reducing the number of layers of security on your endpoints, you’ll find that you see an improved level of security. Deploying more technology or software on the endpoint will have an impact on system performance.

Traditional endpoint security solutions utilize massive amounts of CPU (50-70%) and memory (100s of MB). As a result, end-user productivity is heavily impacted. On average, if an employee loses 10 minutes a day due to slow PC performance caused by traditional endpoint security, over a course of a year the loss in productivity equals about $1,000 per employee. By using a low footprint solution and outsourcing the management of that EDR security solution, you are improving the security as well as the user experience.

Consider MDR from Cybriant today. When you take advantage of our 30-day trial, you’ll receive the details of managed detection and response pricing in case you want to continue using the service.

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