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The Seven Categories of MDR - #4 – MD-Little-r (Full Telemetry)

BY eSentire

December 12, 2019 | 3 MINS READ

Managed Detection and Response

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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 #4 – MD-Little-r (Full Telemetry)
MDr-FT is a viable option for organizations looking for complete threat coverage across all environments and that have in-house capabilities to complete the IR lifecycle.

MDr (Full Telemetry), or MDr-FT, encompasses complete visibility across an organization’s potential threat landscape. Whether on-premises, cloud or hybrid, MDr-FT providers have the capability to adapt visibility and detection wherever workloads reside.

Importantly, vendors in this space have complete visibility and typically deliver full fidelity including log, NetFlow, PCAP, endpoint, vulnerability and cloud data outside of logs.

MDr-FT providers are commonly established in the MDR market, with proven advanced detection capabilities supported by machine learning and behavioral processes. MDr-FT has the potential to deliver full coverage; however, the cost can escalate as visibility increases, putting more technologies in play and greater burden on SOC analysts.

MDr-FT is also limited in IR Lifecycle coverage, putting responsibility on the client for timely threat containment. This category is a viable option for organizations looking for complete threat coverage among on-premises and cloud workloads and that have in-house capabilities to complete the IR Lifecycle.




Questions and considerations:

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


eSentire, Inc., the Authority in Managed Detection and Response (MDR), protects the critical data and applications of 2000+ organizations in 80+ countries, across 35 industries from known and unknown cyber threats by providing Exposure Management, Managed Detection and Response and Incident Response services designed to build an organization’s cyber resilience & prevent business disruption. Founded in 2001, eSentire protects the world’s most targeted organizations with 65% of its global base recognized as critical infrastructure, vital to economic health and stability. By combining open XDR platform technology, 24/7 threat hunting, and proven security operations leadership, eSentire's award-winning MDR services and team of experts help organizations anticipate, withstand and recover from cyberattacks. For more information, visit: www.esentire.com and follow @eSentire.

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