Managed Detection and Response, SOC-as-a-Service
Todd Thiemann

Managed Detection and Response Puts Arctic Wolf in the Gartner Spotlight

Gartner has stepped up its coverage of the managed detection and response (MDR) space with a flurry of recent publications helping Gartner clients to make informed decisions.  Since Arctic Wolf plays in the MDR space and Gartner speaks with lots of customers (including Arctic Wolf customers!), Gartner’s viewpoint is of keen interest to us.

Gartner recognized Arctic Wolf last month as a Cool Vendor in Security for Midsize Enterprises. Gartner understands that IT leaders in midsized enterprises have unique needs given slim IT security resources, and points to Arctic Wolf as one of three “cool” solutions that clients should consider. Arctic Wolf offers the only MDR solution of the three mentioned vendors with our AWN CyberSOC™, so I like to think we have some serious Gartner blessings. Gartner clients can access the report from the Gartner website.

Our “Cool Vendor” selection was just the start to Gartner’s recent emphasis on managed detection and response. Earlier in June, Gartner held its annual Security and Risk Management Summit outside of Washington DC. One session that caught our eye was hosted by Neil MacDonald, a seasoned Gartner analyst, who highlighted the top 10 projects for CISOs in 2018. The list focused on projects that reduce risk while simultaneously having the biggest business impact. Landing at #6 was managed detection and response, specifically calling out MDR for enterprises who want advanced threat detection but don’t have the expertise or resources to do so on their own. As luck would have it, Arctic Wolf tops the list of managed detection and response vendors (we love alphabetical lists!).

The final piece of MDR Gartner coverage arrived in mid-June with the updated Market Guide for Managed Detection and Response Services. This version updates last year’s publication, and includes the strategic planning assumption that “By 2020, 15% of organizations will be using MDR services, up from less than 5% today.” And, for the third year in a row, it includes Arctic Wolf!

If you are one of the 95% that is feeling the threat pain but looking for ways to solve it, download the Gartner paper now.