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Using an MDR Service vs. Building Capabilities Internally

Vivian Lee

The Need for Detection and Response

Cybersecurity is a top priority for businesses of all sizes due to the constant barrage of attacks. Monitoring system logs, detecting cybersecurity incidents, and responding are important parts of every sophisticated cybersecurity operation. In 2022, the average response time for a cybersecurity threat was 277 days, which is too long to be vulnerable to a potential attack. Reducing this time to detect and respond can be accomplished by working with a trusted partner or building internally.

The consequences of not monitoring your IT environment can be devastating for a business. A cyber attack can result in ransomware being deployed and data getting breached. In this blog post, we will be discussing the differences between working a vendor that provides managed detection and response (MDR) and related security operations center (SOC) services versus building an internal SOC, and why one might work better.

What is MDR?

MDR is a multi-functional turnkey service that provides end-to-end protection for your business. An MDR comes with a standardized set of cybersecurity technologies tools, often with endpoint detection and response (EDR) technology at the core. The MDR provider’s employees are experts since they use a similar technology stack across the many companies they support. The shared knowledge and experience of a solution provider’s team means companies can rapidly become protected after starting the service.

With MDR, businesses can reduce their average response time to a matter of minutes. This is a crucial aspect of protecting your company’s data and information, especially in an age where cyber attacks are common. The capability to respond fast is made possible by an MDR provider’s SOC. A SOC serves as a hub for log monitoring, response activities, and other processes that keep customers safe.

Building Your Own Internal SOC Team

Building an internal SOC team and technology is an option that provides complete control over the security of an organization’s information and data. However, this option comes with its own set of challenges. One of the main challenges is the cost involved, which can quickly add up, especially for smaller organizations with limited budgets. The cost of hiring and training personnel, purchasing and maintaining equipment, and developing and implementing security procedures can be substantial. Related to the cost of hiring people is the challenge of finding qualified individuals. As cybersecurity is a highly specialized field, it can be challenging to find individuals with the required skills and experience to handle the organization’s cybersecurity needs effectively.

The time and commitment required is another factor. Companies might be better suited investing time and planning into their core business model, rather than operating complex cybersecurity systems. It is important for organizations to take these challenges into account before making a decision on whether to build an internal SOC to provide ongoing monitoring.

The Airiam Solution: AirGuard

At Airiam, we understand the importance of protecting your business’s data and information from potential cyber threats. That’s why we offer a simple and cost-effective solution with our AirGuard™ MDR solution. AirGuard will provide comprehensive protection for your network, ensuring that your company is secure from potential hackers. This can save your business time and resources that would otherwise be spent building and maintaining an internal SOC team.

By choosing our MDR solution, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your data is being monitored and protected by a team of experts. Additionally, our solution offers the advantage of faster response times in the event of a threat, reducing the average response time from days to minutes.

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The importance of having a solution in place to monitor and respond to incidents in your environment cannot be overstated. While it is possible to operate a business without ongoing monitoring, doing so leaves your organization exposed to the threat of cyber attacks. Cybersecurity is an ever-evolving field, and it is crucial to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest developments.

If you have any questions after reading through our blog, we encourage you to reach out to Airiam or register for our upcoming webinar. Our team of experts would be happy to assist you in any way we can. Whether you’re looking to learn more about MDR, or need help implementing a solution, we’re here to help. Don’t leave the security of your business’s data and information to chance, take action and protect yourself today.

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