Many organisations are content to have physically safe servers without seriously considering digital safety. But, as part of our 360 capability, we offer everything from penetration testing that keeps your systems and data safe to in-depth MDR services that respond to cyber attack. 

Our Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services are able to proactively identify any and all threats to your systems as well as respond effectively to breaches should they happen. 

Essentially, our MDR team are the sentry-guarded, CCTV-monitored, laser-lined fortress of your cybersecurity. With the help of our state-of-the-art systems, we monitor every possible breach point and every interaction in order to detect and assess whether an alert is a threat, a possible threat, or just someone checking their calendar.

And this is just the day-to-day – through continuous monitoring, analysis, and optimisation, we’re able to proactively spot problem areas before they become problem areas.

What is MDR?

It’s important to note that no two MDR services are the same. Because of the varying complexity of organisational needs, MDR isn’t a single thing that’s applied identically to every organisation. 

However, the main areas of service provided by MDR include the following:

What does MDR monitor for?

In essence, MDR looks for abnormal activity in the log files of your firewalls, servers, user endpoints, and anything else in your network.  Why? To detect signs of a breach or Indicator of Compromise (IoC) so that we can contain and minimise it. 

The potential methods of compromise that we look for in logs and events include:

  • Malware or ransomware
  • Account privilege escalation 
  • Credential stuffing
  • Mass file encryption 
  • Exfiltration of data 
  • ‘Brute-forcing’
  • And social engineering

Such compromises could be coming from a variety of threat actors such as hacktivists, disgruntled employees, cybercriminals, and even state-sponsored actors. However, we have found that the most prolific threat to organisations as of late is the leveraging of ransomware by cybercriminals. 

In some circumstances, when a compromise like those above is detected, we are able to directly respond to it ourselves. In other instances, we can work alongside the client’s own teams in order to advise them of the best remediator action. This largely depends on the access granted by the client, through. 

In short, and as it says on the tin, we’re there to actively monitor, detect, and respond to possible threats in order to ensure that your data and assets are protected at all times in real time.

What is MDR important?

68.5% of businesses worldwide were victims of ransomware attacks in 2021. And a significant number of these businesses were forced to pay out a sum agreeable to the attackers because they’d not prepared and protected their systems proactively. A ransomware attack, when it’s too late, is obvious. When your systems have been suitably tallied and the encryption process is triggered, everything is shut off. You’re supposed to know that you’ve got ransomware – but this only happens once the ransomware crew has decided it’s time. Typically, actors spend 13 days inside a compromised network before deploying the encryption process.

If you don’t have adequate protection, then, how do you know that you’re not at this moment having all of your most valuable data, assets, and backups explored for maximum impact?

And not all forms of breach end up being for the ransom. If, for example, you’re a government agency, then malware could be designed to silently copy your sensitive data in order to sell it on or release it for reputation damage.

Moreover, not everyone engaged in cybercrime is doing so for the direct money. Breaches to a system can also be from hacktivists, disgruntled employees, or even state sponsored actors gathering intelligence on rival states.

 

Working with MDR experts like us gives you the peace of mind that you’re doing the best possible work to protect your organisation and its assets from anyone.

 

Who needs MDR?

Implementing firewalls is a great start to help stop breaches in the first place, but you need to be sure that you’re able to actively respond to whichever malware does happen to slip past your normal security.

This security slip-up is all the more likely with large organisations. They don’t only have to worry about their staff accidentally falling victim to a phishing attack, but also of things such as security oversights in their applications, unauthorised uses of company devices to access information, bad faith actors within the organisation, and even accidental leaks of information.

However, high demand for the specialist skills needed to build a security operation team has left many organisations struggling to build an in-house function. There is also rarely time for the constant monitoring of systems in organisations. As a result, outsourced MDR services are becoming increasingly vital.

 

Learn more about why businesses choose to outsource a SOC?

See inside our Security Operations Centre

A centralised unit – a frontline of security, if you like – comprising the technology, people and processes an organisation needs to effectively monitor and manage threats.

 

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