Managed Extended Detection and Response (Managed XDR or MXDR) solutions allow your organization to benefit from extended detection and response (XDR) security coverage, even if you don’t have the technical resource in – house to manage and maintain an XDR solution yourself. Highly effective at identifying and blocking threats at multiple network layers, XDR solutions are at the forefront of unified cybersecurity tools, but they can be complex to configure precisely.
While XDR is the gold standard for security coverage, its complexity and advanced configurations require a good level of resource and time to be dedicated to installing and managing the solution. This level of technical ability is not viable for all organizations. For organizations that are unable to meet these resource requirements – where there isn’t sufficient skill, budget, or time in house – managed security service providers can make all the difference. They allow smaller companies to outsource the management of their security tools, augmenting their in-house resource so they can still benefit from high levels of security.
It is essential that organizations of all sizes are adequately protected using advanced security measures, as company size does not preclude you from being a target for a cyberattack. Attackers know that small and medium sized organizations will have valuable assets but are less likely to be protected adequately, due to limited budget and resource. This can make them easy targets in comparison to larger companies that have a more robust security infrastructure.
In this article, we’ll explore the top MXDR solutions that are currently available. We’ll highlight the key features and use cases for each solution, before suggesting what type of organization would be best suited to their use.
It is worth noting that MXDR is an emerging area of technology, with MDR providers expanding their coverage to include more than just endpoint security, and XDR providers offering their platforms as a managed service. Equally, there is an uptick in the number of dedicated MXDR providers on the market. Over the next few years, we expect this space to grow as the need for comprehensive, advanced security increases.