Forrester Evaluates the MDR Landscape in “Now Tech” Report

January 26, 2021

Today’s businesses realize that cyberattacks and breaches are bound to happen, and that they could be the next victim.

In 2021, it's not just enough to have the right cybersecurity tools in play, you also need a solution to limit the impact of attacks that do penetrate your organization’s defenses.

Managed detection and response (MDR) providers address this situation. They offer 24x7 monitoring of IT environments to discern legitimate threats from false alarms, before leading an appropriate response to stop and mitigate attacks before they can do damage.

The Growing MDR Landscape

MDR is gaining steam and has seen significant growth as its capabilities help companies avoid the worst-case scenarios of a cyberattack. And to help IT and security teams discover why MDR might be the solution they now require, as well as which kind of provider might be right for them, Forrester Research covered the current state of the market—including which providers to consider—in its new report: Now Tech: Managed Detection and Response Service Providers, Q4 2020.

The report explains there are three key requirements every organization should consider when considering whether or not to engage with an MDR provider:

  • For the most part, security operations center (SOC) teams are overwhelmed in their duties and responsibilities and, thus, forced to take a reactive stance to threats far too often. MDR, however, enables teams to take a proactive approach to cybersecurity and even pursue crucial activities like threat hunting.
  • Expertise is essential. The value of an MDR solution is only as good as the skills and experience of the security teams that monitor, detect, and respond to threats on your network and in your environment. Response is an especially critical function that needs to involve comprehensive activities that leverage all existing infrastructure and not simply integrated endpoint detection capabilities.
  • As Forrester highlights, comprehensive MDR requires what it calls XDR or extended detection and response that gives security teams complete visibility across their entire environment to better conduct investigations and help speed response actions.

The report provides an overview of leading MDR providers, and segments them according to market revenue size, functional capabilities, geography, and vertical markets, so readers can quickly and easily identify which vendors might be right for them.

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Arctic Wolf Named in the Now Tech Report

Arctic Wolf is listed in Forrester’s category of large vendors (>$55M annual revenue).  The research firm includes Arctic Wolf in its list of proactive hunter, investigator, and responder specialists, and highlights financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing as areas of industry focus.

The Arctic Wolf® Managed Detection and Response solution is a large reason why we are the leader in security operations. The solution provides 24x7 monitoring of your networks, endpoints, and cloud environments to help you detect, respond, and recover from ever-evolving cyberattacks.

In light of today’s sophisticated threats and the inevitability of breaches, is your organization considering an MDR approach to cybersecurity? If so, be sure to learn more about all the differing capabilities offered by MDR providers in Forrester’s report.

Download Now Tech: Managed Detection and Response Service Providers, Q4 2020 now and raise your security posture to new heights.

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