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MDR, MSSP, EDR – What’s the Difference?

MDR, MSSP, EDR – What’s the Difference?

Many organizations need to rely in part, and often heavily, on third-party cybersecurity partners to protect their organizations. Given the growing sophistication of attacks, ever-escalating frequency, and the wide range of cybersecurity knowledge now needed, it is difficult and costly to maintain all of the required expertise.

When organizations decide that they need to outsource some, or part, of their cybersecurity, they then face a whirlwind of choices. We wanted to break down the basic decisions–Managed Security Services, Endpoint Detection and Response, and Managed Detection and Response– in a manner that might help you to decide which direction to go?

Managed Security Services

Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) usually function to off-load monitoring and management tasks from internal security teams and send alerts when threats are identified. This is a traditional passive network defense approach. While this approach is a necessary component of any security plan, the evolution of cyber threats necessitates changes in the way companies approach cybersecurity. The breadth and depth on new threats require a broader set of skills and a deeper level of engagement than many MSSPs can provide.

Endpoint Detection and Response

The proliferation of endpoint devices in and around the network has opened a whole new venue for attacks and has spawned vendors that provide Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) solutions. Most of these solutions are limited in the scope of what they monitor, so network or server threats may bypass them. The adoption of mobile workstyles has added millions of new devices to corporate networks worldwide, and these need to be secured, just like devices inside the network. A stand-alone endpoint security solution that only shows a part of a bigger picture and can hinder your overall security.  

Managed Detection and Response

One key to a successful cybersecurity plan is to have layered defenses that address multiple threats. This is where an MDR provider shines. MDR services allow you to not only monitor more of your attack vectors, but they also help you take steps to stop the attack, remediate the assets that have been attacked and protect them from being attacked again.

The skills shortage in cybersecurity combined with the high costs of technology make it challenging for any company to deploy and manage their own internal MDR function. Even if they were able to do it, they would still lose the combined intelligence that comes from protecting thousands of companies that are exposed to a vast number of threats. By using superior technology and expertise gathered in the trenches every day, MDR providers can provide superior service at affordable prices.    

SilverSky provides all three options. If you would like to discuss your specific needs, contact us.