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Blog — Nov 28, 2019

The Seven Categories of MDR - #2 - ED-Little-r (Single Telemetry)

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Emerging from the traditional managed security service provider (MSSP) model, Managed Detection and Response (MDR) is an answer to the fact that threat actors have increased their ability to circumvent traditional detection measures. As early as 2011, MDR emerged (uncategorized at the time) with a single guiding principal: Acknowledge that a breach will happen. When it does, minimize threat actor dwell time to reduce risk.

However, as the MDR market has evolved, four criteria remain constant as key to minimizing threat actor dwell time in the event of a breach: visibility, fidelity, detection capabilities and response. When these criteria are measured against in-house resources, risk tolerance and available budget, they can be used to choose the appropriate MDR vendor based on your organizational requirements.

To help organizations make an informed cybersecurity solutions choice, eSentire has authored, The Definitive Guide to Managed Detection and Response (MDR) (and this blog series) which examines seven categories of MDR providers, measured across four criteria, which include:

MDR Category #2 – EDr aka ED-Little-r (Single Telemetry)

EDr vendors are a viable option for organizations that have in-house resources to correlate data from other signal sources to confirm, triage and contain threats in a timely manner.

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Endpoint Detection Response (EDR) and MDR are used interchangeably by many Managed Endpoint Detection and Response providers. EDR—or in this case ED-little-r (EDr)—is a subset of the MDR market providing expertise focused solely on endpoint.

Providers in this space typically emerged as software vendors that have since added SOCs with deep-level expertise specific to managing and monitoring proprietary technology.

As a category, EDr providers offer advanced detection capabilities for endpoint threats; however, the majority of theIR Lifecycle—including containment—is the client’s responsibility.

EDr vendors are a viable option for organizations looking for endpoint monitoring and detection and that have in-house resources to correlate data from other signal sources to confirm, triage and contain threats in a timely manner.

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While this blog provides a snapshot of one category of MDR, the intricacies and interdependencies are the varying types is complex. To learn more about the strengths and weaknesses for each of the seven MDR categories and how you can make an informed decision about what MDR solution best suits your organization, download The Definitive Guide to Managed Detection and Response (MDR) here: https://www.esentire.com/resource-library/the-definitive-guide-to-managed-detection-and-response-mdr

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eSentire is the Authority in Managed Detection and Response, protecting the critical data and applications of 1500+ organizations in 80+ countries from known and unknown cyber threats. Founded in 2001, the company’s mission is to hunt, investigate and stop cyber threats before they become business disrupting events. Combining cutting-edge machine learning XDR technology, 24/7 Threat Hunting, and proven security operations leadership, eSentire mitigates business risk, and enables security at scale. The Team eSentire difference means enterprises are protected by the best in the business with a named Cyber Risk Advisor, 24/7 access to SOC Cyber Analysts & Elite Threat Hunters, and industry-leading threat intelligence research from eSentire’s Threat Response Unit (TRU). eSentire provides Managed Risk, Managed Detection and Response and Incident Response services. For more information, visit www.esentire.com and follow @eSentire.