Have you heard the metaphor that life is like juggling lots of different balls, some of them glass and some of them plastic? The key to life is knowing which of the balls are glass so that when you inevitably “drop the ball,” you can let go of a plastic one instead of a glass one. The plastic will be fine, but the glass will shatter and be irreparable.
The same applies to your Managed Detection and Response Program: knowing what (and how) to measure is the key to success. Unfortunately, organizations make common mistakes regarding their Managed Detection and Response (MDR) programs, often putting their business at serious risk.
What Is Managed Detection and Response Within Cybersecurity?
In today’s digital landscape, companies rely heavily on technology to operate and conduct their business. However, this increased dependence on technology also creates new vulnerabilities and risks. Cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated and frequent, and the consequences of a breach can be severe, including financial losses, reputational damage, and legal penalties.
That’s why companies need a cybersecurity MDR (Managed Detection and Response) program. An MDR program is a proactive and comprehensive approach to detecting and responding to cyber threats. It combines advanced technology, expert analysis, and response capabilities to provide continuous monitoring and protection against cyber attacks.
Organizations frequently utilize a combination of tools like a 24/7 proactive SOC, unified security management, endpoint detection and response, and data analytics to build a comprehensive Managed Detection and Response program.
What Organizations Need a Detection & Response Program?
The short answer is, of course, everyone. Regardless of size or industry, every organization needs a detection and response program. The reason is simple: every organization risks a cyber attack. Cybercriminals constantly evolve their tactics, and no organization is immune to attacks. However, certain types of organizations may be at higher risk and must pay particular attention to their detection and response capabilities. These include:
Financial institutions: Financial institutions are a prime target for cybercriminals due to the sensitive nature of the data they hold. Banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions need a robust detection and response program to protect against phishing attacks, ransomware, and insider threats.
Healthcare organizations: Healthcare organizations are also a prime target for cybercriminals due to the sensitive data they hold, including patient information and medical records. Healthcare organizations need a robust detection and response program to protect against threats such as malware, ransomware, and data theft.
Government agencies: Government agencies are responsible for protecting sensitive information related to national security, defense, and other critical infrastructure. These organizations need a robust detection and response program to protect against cyber attacks from nation-state actors and other threat actors.
Large enterprises: Large enterprises have a larger attack surface and a greater amount of data to protect, making them more susceptible to cyber-attacks. These organizations need a comprehensive detection and response program with real-time monitoring, threat intelligence, and incident response capabilities.
5 Most Common Detection and Response Mistakes
- Not having a clear understanding of the threat landscape: Organizations need to have a comprehensive understanding of the threats they face, including the latest tactics, techniques, and procedures used by attackers. Without this knowledge, creating an effective detection and response program is challenging.
- Focusing too much on prevention: Prevention is essential, but it’s not enough. Organizations need to have a comprehensive approach that includes detection and response capabilities. If an attacker does manage to get past preventative measures, detection and response are the last lines of defense.
- Not having the right tools in place: Detection and response capabilities require the right tools and technologies. Organizations must ensure they have the appropriate tools and technologies to detect and respond to threats effectively.
- Not having a defined incident response plan: A well-defined incident response plan is critical to responding quickly and effectively to cyber attacks. Organizations risk losing valuable time and resources when responding to an incident without a plan.
- Not training employees on cyber security best practices: Employees can be a weak link in an organization’s security posture. Training employees on cyber security best practices and providing regular security awareness training to help them understand their role in keeping the organization secure is essential.
Improve Your MDR Program by Partnering with Breadcrumb Cybersecurity
Partnering with Breadcrumb Cybersecurity for Managed Detection and Response brings a range of benefits to any organization. Breadcrumb clients have instant access to seasoned and experienced security professionals who are well-versed in the latest threats and attack techniques. By partnering with Breadcrumb for MDR, organizations benefit from 24/7 monitoring and real-time threat detection and response capabilities – without the need to invest in costly in-house security infrastructure.
What makes Breadcrumb Cybersecurity different from other technology companies? We’re not a generalist IT/MSP firm – we’re solely focused on security. We have the depth, experience, and neutrality to safely navigate you through today’s demanding cybersecurity challenges.
Schedule a consultation with us today to see how Breadcrumb’s Managed Detection & Response Program can help your organization.