On November 17th, Dave Gruber, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) will join me as we lead a discussion on managed detection and response (MDR). Our goal is to help our audience make fully informed decisions on the best providers and security outcomes to meet their goals.

Within 30 minutes, we will explore many of the unique angles to this new security service market and partnering decision. The subject will be broken into three key areas:

1. Clarifying Managed Detection and Response

If you haven’t already, please read the MDR Manifesto. As you think about offloading some of the burden of 24X7 security, it’s critical to be clear on:

  • What managed means;
  • What providers define as detection; and
  • What types of responses you can expect.

It’s all dependent upon the platforms you care about, the capabilities of the teams you’re talking to, and the level of investment you are willing to make in terms of directing and paying for the service.

2. Defining Positive Outcomes and Potential Partners

MDR must deliver more than just detection and response; it must:

  • Relieve stress and workload for the IT or security teams;
  • Deliver more informed and comprehensive coverage; and
  • Save the organization money.

Better security for lower costs sounds great, but the definition of those terms is highly tailored to each organization, raising the complexity of the decision. Through an analysis of gaps in most organizations’ skillsets and staffing — mapped to the capabilities of the providers — we will:

  • Create a clearer vision of the benefits of adding MDR to your security portfolio; and
  • Explain the different approaches and vendors that can deliver them.

3. Integrating MDR into Your Security Portfolio

Understanding the value of MDR and selecting and tasking the right partner are the first stages of a successful integration. Once that’s done, effective communication and evolution of that service requires thoughtful management and partnering. Because of its intimate connection to successful and smooth operations, understanding the nuances of an organization and their goals is also fundamental to successful MDR.

To facilitate this, we will explore proven measures and communications between clients and providers of MDR, as well as recommendations on cadence and level of detail.

At the end of this session, attendees will be better informed about the opportunity to simplify and improve their security programs through a thoughtful application of MDR and feel confident in their conversations with potential partners.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Jack Danahy
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Jack Danahy

As SVP, Security, Jack Danahy engages with customers and the industry on company product strategy. Danahy is an innovative security technology leader with proven success creating, delivering, and promoting new security technologies and practices to address critical needs. He has founded and co-founded three successful security companies, holding CEO and CTO roles. Most recently, he was CTO at Barkly and previously at Qiave Technologies (acquired by WatchGuard Technologies in 2000) and Ounce Labs (acquired by IBM in 2009). He is a frequent writer and speaker on security and security issues and has received multiple patents in a variety of security technologies. Prior to founding Barkly, Danahy was the Director of Advanced Security for IBM, and led the delivery of security services for IBM in North America.

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