MDR, MSSP, EDR – What’s The Difference?

Many modern organizations need to rely in part, and often heavily, on third-party cybersecurity partners to protect their organizations. With the growing sophistication and frequency of attacks and the wide-range of cybersecurity knowledge and tools needed, it can be challenging and costly to maintain all of the required skills and technology solutions in-house.

Once you decide that you need to outsource some, or part, of your cybersecurity program, you’ll face another hurdle: a wide selection of options.

Wading through the list of cybersecurity acronyms is hard enough. Are you’re trying to figure out exactly what managed services you need? Read on.

Managed Security Services Providers (MSSP)

MSSPs help to offload security monitoring and management tasks from internal security teams and send alerts when critical threats are identified. These are components of a traditional network defense approach and necessary to any security plan.

The breadth and depth of new and emerging threats require a broad set of supporting security operations skills and capabilities that continue to evolve with the threat landscape. An MSSP with a comprehensive services offering can help ensure your needs are covered today – and tomorrow.

Managed Endpoint Detection and Response (MEDR)

The proliferation of endpoints in a modern organization’s environment has opened a new venue for attacks. Mobile and remote workstyles alone have added millions of new devices to corporate networks worldwide.

All devices need to be secured, regardless of whether they are inside or outside of the network. This need has spawned vendors that provide managed EDR solutions. Standalone endpoint “point” solutions only reveal part of the bigger picture and can hinder your overall security. The breadth of endpoints a vendor covers is important to make sure threats aren’t finding their way through devices left unguarded.

Managed Detection and Response (MDR)

One key to a successful cybersecurity plan is to have layered defenses that address multiple threats. This is where an MDR provider shines. MDR services allow you to monitor more of your attack vectors for threats (the detection component).

You’ll find that the biggest differences in these vendors usually are around the response component. Some vendors can guide you in your response to an attack, and others can actually remediate certain types of attacks – as well as help you close any gaps to further exploitation. Vendors should be able to define their response capabilities clearly so you know what you’re getting.

Outsourcing services to a managed security provider removes the complexity and wide-ranging costs of a do-it-yourself solution, and delivers the dedicated technologies and resources needed to defend your organization effectively against today’s aggressive threats.

Managed security providers deliver added benefits, too, including a broader perspective and the collective intelligence that comes from protecting thousands of companies that are exposed to a vast number of threats. SilverSky offers one of the industry’s most comprehensive and differentiated approaches to managed security, making enterprise-grade cybersecurity simple, affordable, and accessible to companies of all sizes. If you would like to learn how we can help, please contact us.