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MDR and EDR have become extremely common acronyms in the world of cybersecurity. As you’ll learn, MDR and EDR are different, but together, they can create a powerful solution providing the breadth and depth in both coverage and detection capabilities.

This blog will help you compare MDR vs. EDR, so you can better understand how they interact for the improvement of your business security.

The Differences Between EDR and MDR

There are some key differences between EDR and MDR. Knowing them will help you understand the value of both and how they complement each other in enabling a hardened security posture, if properly integrated.

Endpoint Detection and Response

EDR stands for endpoint detection and response. EDR is software that focuses on the detection of and response to cybersecurity threats on the endpoint (servers, laptops, mobile devices, virtual environments, etc.). EDR can do threat detection, prevention, and even give you the ability to quarantine compromised assets. EDR can also be a great tool for getting to root cause. With all the data collected before, during, and after an attack, analysts are able to get surgical with their root cause analysis.

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Managed Detection and Response

MDR stands for managed detection and response. MDR is a service that continuously monitors, prioritizes, and responds to cybersecurity threats with humans behind the wheel. MDR is augmented with EDR solutions by empowering analysts with data and abilities to act on the endpoint. These actions can range from gathering data to better prioritize threats, like getting running services, applications, users logged in, local files, etc., to containment actions like quarantines, shutting down services, etc.

By leveraging the principals of network security monitoring coupled with detection and prevention solutions, like EDR, MDR providers are able to offer posture hardening services and expand their threat coverage from network to endpoint detection and response.

 

 

How MDR and EDR Interact

MDR and EDR are two different security solutions, but they integrate to fill in security and resource gaps. Simply put, MDR can leverage EDR’s technologies as a method to enhance its threat detection, analysis, and response capabilities.

There isn’t really a competition of which is better when it comes to MDR vs. EDR. Yes, there is a difference between the two, but most MDR providers utilize EDR functionality to achieve maximum visibility across the entire environment, so that threats and breaches can be detected quickly and responded to appropriately.

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Gartner Research has found that information security and risk management end-user spending is estimated to “grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8.7% from 2018 through 2023 to reach $188.8 billion in constant currency.”

This spending directly reflects the fact that threats against businesses are mounting. Alert Logic is well aware of the risk your company faces from all sides, every day. Our 24/7 white-glove MDR service offers comprehensive coverage for:

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Tom Gorup
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Tom Gorup
Tom Gorup is Vice President of Security and Support Operations at Alert Logic and leads Alert Logic's global Security Operations Centers. Prior to joining Alert Logic, Tom served as co-founder and Director of Security Operations for Rook Security where he oversaw its Managed Detection and Response services and developed proprietary security operations management technologies for organizations ranging from fast-growing startups to Fortune 100 companies. Tom has been quoted in numerous industry journals and media outlets including The New York Times, Forbes, CNBC, Bloomberg, and Dark Reading. He has also been a featured speaker at (ISC)².

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