What XDR, EDR, and MTR mean for your business​

Management - Business

In today’s rapidly changing digital arena, cybersecurity is critical to ensure your business is well protected from cyberattacks. Cyberattacks are becoming more targeted, and more sophisticated, costing businesses their reputation, disrupting operations, and in some situations being heavily fined.

There are many different ways malicious actors can attempt to breach your security systems, so it stands to reason there are many ways to detect and prevent that from happening. It can be challenging to decide which security solution is best for your business, especially when the cybersecurity industry is awash with acronyms and terms familiar to IT professionals, but much less meaningful to business leaders.

This is where trusted advisors such as managed security service providers can be an ally in helping your organisation to determine where the gaps are in your security systems and what cybersecurity solutions are truly warranted.

Below we’ve delved into a few key terms that can help you decide on the best move forward to ensure your company avoids becoming a cybercrime statistic.

What is EDR?

Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) is technology used to protect computer hardware devices (endpoints) from cyberthreats.

Traditional endpoint security, such as legacy antivirus software, relies on already known attack patterns and signatures. Next generation EDR solutions identify never seen before malware that has been designed to evade legacy security defences.

Using sophisticated machine learning capabilities, user behaviour, and file analysis, EDR tools collect data from endpoint devices and then analyse the data, to detect and reveal potential cyber threats. The EDR software is installed on the endpoint device and constantly monitored, storing the data in a centralised database.

In simple terms, every time the security team receives an alert, EDR helps to understand where the threat came from, its development and root cause, if it has touched other hosts, and the full scale of the threat. EDR also goes through a simple incident handling process: identification, containment, eradication, and recovery. Security teams can use EDR solutions to analyse suspicious activity, to prepare for future attacks, increasing the speed of incident response if it happens again.

What is XDR?

Extended Detection and Response (XDR) is an evolution of EDR solutions, which are limited to only one security layer (endpoints). While layer-specific tools are useful, they generate more alerts that require more time to investigate and respond to. XDR, on the other hand, collects and automatically correlates data across various security layers, such as email, servers, endpoints, and cloud workloads, then prioritises and sorts threats, leading to faster detection of advanced threats and improved response times.

XDR provides a unified view of the IT environment, collecting and correlating data from multiple sources. This capability allows greater visibility and context of events across multiple security levels, enabling detection of less obvious threat events. The ability to validate alerts reduces false positives and increases reliability, reducing time security teams have to waste on vast numbers of inaccurate alerts. This results in faster, more automated responses to threats.

What is MTR?

Sophos Managed Threat Response (MTR) is a comprehensively managed threat hunting, detection, and response service. The service provides a dedicated 24/7 security team to neutralise complex and sophisticated threats, such as fileless attacks. These stealth attacks abuse tools built into operating systems, using a technique called ‘living off the land’, when cybercriminals use legitimate tools for malicious purposes

Sophos MTR is built on Intercept X Advanced with EDR technology, fusing machine learning tech and expert security analysis for improved threat hunting and detection, investigating alerts, and target responses to eliminate threats. Intercept X detects and investigates any suspicious activity, eliminating the vast majority of threats before the need for manual intervention by security experts.

Few organisations have the ability to house all the tools, people, and processes to effectively manage their security 24/7/365, while also proactively defending against new threats. Sophos MTR goes beyond alerts and rapidly takes targeted action to mitigate and eliminate advanced cyberthreats, with different service tiers and response modes to meet the individual needs of organisations.

It’s never too late to be proactive about protecting your business. RODIN offers an extensive range of managed cybersecurity services, with specialised solutions to keep your business safe from cyberattacks. 

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