What Is Next Generation MDR?

MDR has been gaining traction in the cybersecurity industry in recent years and for good reason. Managed Detection and Response (MDR) isn’t a specific technology or tool. Instead, MDR is an all-encompassing term for services offered by an MDR provider to help keep a network safe.

As cybersecurity attacks increase in frequency and complexity, MDR becomes a way for companies to protect their networks by offloading the efforts of managing security to a professional provider. Next Generation MDR is offloading security needs to a highly proficient provider that gives companies extensive services as part of their MDR approach.

What Is the Difference between MDR, EDR and XDR?

Cybersecurity comes with many acronyms that are hard to keep track of. Some acronyms that are commonly confused with MDR are XDR and EDR. What is the difference between MDR, EDR, and XDR?

  • MDR is Managed Detection and Response and refers to services offered by security companies to shoulder the work of managing security for a network. Essentially, MDR is a service offering that handles all the needs met by EDR and XDR.
  • EDR is Endpoint Detection and Response and refers to a specific variety of cybersecurity tool that’s used to protect network endpoints from ransomware and other forms of malware. EDR differs from MDR in that it’s specifically for endpoints (like mobile devices and laptops), and it’s a tool rather than a service. Companies install and implement EDR while they hire MDR services.
  • XDR is Extended Detection and Response and refers to a cybersecurity tool that detects threats across the entire system. XDR is a response to the limits of EDR and goes much more in depth for a more comprehensive solution. It differs from MDR in that it’s a tool rather than a service offering.

How Does Next Gen MDR Work?

MDR is a service offering from a provider, and the specifics of what services are provided will vary. Next Gen MDR works by providing the highest level of services such as:

  • Threat containment. MDR services work to contain a threat by monitoring the system and then taking action to keep a threat from progressing.
  • Threat identification. Security teams can’t take action if they aren’t aware of a threat, so identification is crucial with security. MDR teams use advanced technology to identify threats quickly and move immediately to response.
  • Behavior analytics. When someone signs into a portal repeatedly, it could be a threat or just a forgotten password. Behavior analytics helps the team analyze situations and know when to respond.
  • Penetration testing. Testing helps the system prepare to withstand penetrative attacks.
  • Automated monitoring systems. Automation removes an element of human error, so it’s key to have strong automated processes monitoring a system.

Open Systems Next Gen MDR

Firewall detection isn’t enough anymore to protect a network. Instead, strong security requires detection, quick responses, and constant monitoring. Most companies aren’t in a position with resources and hardware to perform constant monitoring and to respond quickly to threats. That’s why MDR is crucial for the next generation of cybersecurity threats.

The threat stops here. Learn more about what Open Systems MDR+ can do for your company.