If your idea of cybersecurity is a firewall and anti-virus then your organization is at extreme risk. Data breaches are no longer isolated cases in today’s ever-evolving threat landscape. Anything from misconfiguration, patch lags, and unsecure software or system components can lead to unsecure breach points. Bridging security gaps, responding to threats, and remediating data breaches calls for a layered defense-in-depth cybersecurity approach.

Traditional methods are not enough…

Firewalls and other preventive forms of cybersecurity are very important and effective at preventing basic cyberattacks.  However, over the past decade it has become clear that defensive cybersecurity technologies are not enough to secure an organization’s network against advanced cyberattacks.  They also tend to contribute to “alert fatigue” being universally suffered today where the “boy who cried wolf” mentality from our technology tends to desensitize us to real threats.

Cue in defense-in-depth

A defense-in-depth approach requires a combination of traditional technologies and new technologies. We aren’t suggesting to get rid of your current firewall and anti-virus but we are suggesting additional multi-defense layers. As the cyber threat landscape constantly evolves, your security measures should be one step ahead. A Managed Detection and Response (MDR) solution is one extra layer necessary for a proactive defense strategy.

What is MDR?

MDR is a managed service allowing your organization to be more cognizant of risks and improve the ability to detect and respond to advanced threats. MDR can help your organization deal with advanced attacks that traditional antivirus will not detect until it’s too late. For companies who don’t have the time or resources, MDR is especially useful. It allows for reduced IT security staff, integrated IT/IoT protection, and effective real time response. In addition, monitoring your network 24/7 will increase your chances of detection and decrease your risk.

Organizations armed with actionable threat intelligence can better assess security incidents and make informed decisions on how to deal with them. With the right insight and context, an organization can anticipate and prepare for threats and, in the case of breaches, quickly remediate them.