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What Is Managed Detection and Response and Why Is It Important?

Many organizations have security software and tools in their tech stack that they underutilize and don’t have time to properly manage. This leaves you vulnerable to cyber threats and security risks, but with a false sense of security. 

Threat hunting, monitoring, and response are at the core of managed detection and response (MDR). Learn more about what managed detection and response is and why it is important for your business.

What Is Managed Detection and Response?

MDR is a cybersecurity service that focuses on intrusion detection and response. These services are typically outsourced. MDR allows your data to stay protected, even if a cyber threat goes outside of your existing security procedures.

With MDR, you need protection against data security threats and a disaster recovery plan in place. When looking for MDR, there are a few key factors you should consider.

Threat Hunting

While technology can automate many of our tasks, threat hunting is best left to cyber professionals, not bots or AI. Sometimes, automated cybersecurity can miss more sophisticated attacks. Threat hunters are able to monitor and detect these incidents.

Managed Investigation

Understand threats faster with managed investigation services. These security alerts typically provide additional information and context so that way, you have a full picture of exactly what happened and how far a hacker was able to make it. This way, you can respond exactly as needed rather than deploying measures that may not even be relevant to the issue at hand. 

Managed Prioritization 

If you’re not sure which of your alerts needs to be prioritized, MDR can help. Determine which alerts to respond to first with managed prioritization, also known as managed endpoint detection and response (EDR). EDR monitors endpoint data for threats and is just one piece of the larger MDR puzzle.

Guided Response

Guided response helps you know how to respond to threats. Receive actionable feedback and advice on a case-to-case basis so that way, you can get specific with your response and make sure you’re properly eliminating and handling threats in your intrusion response.

Remediation and Recovery

This is the most important step in MDR. This process includes:

  • Restoring systems back to the pre-attack status
  • Removing intruders or malware
  • Cleaning your registry 

This helps restore your system to a recovered state, so that way, everything is as it was before the attack. This also helps reduce vulnerabilities and keeps your system safe. The longer your system is offline, the more costly it could be, so recovery is crucial.

How MDR Helps Improve Cybersecurity

The average time to detect a threat is currently around 280 days. With managed detection & response, you can reduce your threat detection down to just minutes, saving you from intruders and hackers before they can even get started. When you do restore your system, you can be confident that it will be in a good health thanks to the guided response and recovery that MDR provides.

Not only is your system more secure, but now, your team will be able to take a proactive approach to cybersecurity, not reactive. This allows your team to be more strategic and plan ahead, which helps reduce IT downtime.

Partner with a Proven MDR Partner

At Converged Technology Group, we offer MDR services 24/7/365 so that way, your systems are constantly monitored and protected. Our team is able to respond to threats immediately, so that way, you can rest assured that threats will be detected and taken care of.

Our team works with you from planning and deployment to configuration. Then, we offer continuous support as a true partner with extensive services. Contact us today to see how we can help protect your network.

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