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EDR and MDR: How They Can Help in the War Against Data Breaches

Data breach losses are growing by double digits, with the average cost per breach now exceeding $4 million! Many companies are looking for ways to better prepare and protect themselves from those kinds of losses. Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR), Managed Detection and Response (MDR) and NextGen Antivirus are all tools to help reduce the risks of data breaches.  

First, what is Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)? 

Endpoint detection and response (EDR), according to WIN cybersecurity partner Crowdstrike, is a cybersecurity solution that captures all endpoint activity and leverages advanced analytics to provide real-time visibility into the health of all endpoints; detect anomalous activity; alert the information security team to events; and provide remediation suggestions and capabilities to respond, stop an attack in progress or limit its spread. 

What are the benefits of  EDR? 

Below are several benefits of endpoint detection and response solutions: 

  • Automatically uncovers stealthy attackers 
  • Integrates with threat intelligence to provide faster detection of activities and tactics 
  • Using EDR, the threat hunters work proactively to hunt, investigate and advise on threat activity in your environment. 
  • Provides Real-Time and Historical Visibility 
  • EDR acts like a DVR on the endpoint, recording relevant activity to catch incidents that evaded prevention. 
  • Accelerates the speed of investigations and ultimately, remediation 
  • Enables Fast and Decisive Mitigation 
  • Isolates the endpoint, known as “network containment”, takes immediate action and protects potentially compromised hosts from all network activity. 

What is Managed Detection and Response (MDR) and can it help your business? 

MDR is a form of “managed EDR”, providing a more robust solution because it includes protection of both the endpoint and the network. 

With MDR, you’re getting much more support and service to manage endpoint risks, without the need for additional staffing. This is especially important given the global shortage of highly skilled MDR specialists, particularly as it relates to the protection of cloud-based systems and assets.  

Additional benefits of MDR over EDR include: 

  • Continuous monitoring 
  • Threat hunting, including prioritization of threats and alerts 
  • Managed investigation services 
  • Guided response 
  • Managed remediation 

 Why the Right Cybersecurity Partner is Critical 

 As more and more devices connect to your network, you increase the risk of your network being infiltrated at multiple levels. The right cyber security partner will offer robust, next-generation solutions that address cyberattacks at three levels: 

 Validate: If a security incident is detected, the event is reviewed to make sure it’s not a false positive. From there the level of risk can be assessed. 

 Mitigate: The event is quickly addressed or isolated, by quarantining or powering off affected devices. 

 Remediate: A solution is identified to address the incident. 

 What’s the Right Solution For Your Business? 

If you are fully staffed and your IT team has the specialized skill set needed, then EDR might be a good option. But if you’re short on staff or they don’t have the right skill set, the best option may be MDR. WIN Technology can help you choose the solution that works best for you. If you have questions or want to learn about our Managed Detection and Response services, get in touch with us for a No-Obligation Consultation