The X Factor: Putting the ‘X’ in MXDR

The X Factor: Putting the ‘X’ in MXDR

Published 18/03/24 under:

Managed Detection & Response (MDR) and Managed Extended Detection & Response (MXDR) services offer a solution ever-evolving cyber threats.

MXDR, also known as Managed XDR, is a specialised cyber security service provided by MSSPs – like Kerv – to safeguard businesses from cyber threats. This article aims to explain the difference between the two and highlight its significance in modern cybersecurity strategies.

Understanding MXDR At its core, it entails a comprehensive approach to cyber security. Unlike traditional methods where organisations manage their security systems internally, MXDR offers a proactive solution. It involves a team of cybersecurity experts who oversee a company’s network, identities, endpoints, and various data sources. These professionals utilise advanced tools and techniques to detect, investigate, and respond to potential threats or cyber-attacks promptly.

What does the X mean?

The X simply means ‘Extended’. The comprehensive service goes beyond conventional security services by incorporating a wider array of data sources and coverage. Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) and Managed Detection & Response (MDR) services provide a good base layer of security, however Managed Extended Detection & Response extends its protection across multiple facets of an organisation’s IT infrastructure. This includes:

  • Identities
  • Devices
  • Email
  • Cloud applications
  • Infrastructure
  • Data

Moreover, it equips security analysts with enhanced capabilities such as continuous threat hunting, threat intelligence, vulnerability management, prioritisation, and guided response.

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Differentiating XDR and MXDR

While XDR refers to the technology itself, MXDR represents a managed service utilising XDR technologies. For instance, Microsoft Defender is a fantastic XDR solution, offering features to detect, investigate, and respond to attacks. However, when security experts integrate this technology into their managed services for customers, it becomes MXDR.

Why MXDR, and why now?

Simplifying Managed Security Services In essence, MXDR emerges as a crucial component of modern cyber security strategies. By leveraging both digital technologies and human expertise, it delivers end-to-end protection against cyber threats across a company’s attack surface.

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