Although SIEM provides comprehensive security visibility and MSSPs offer quick and affordable solutions, only MDR providers succeed in bringing a cost-effective security operations center (SOC) solution for threat detection and response.
How managed detection and response services provide affordable cyber protection against today’s threats–and tomorrow’s
Security information and event management (SIEM) technology is generally the go-to solution for large enterprises who need comprehensive visibility into cyberthreats across distributed IT infrastructure. But SIEM solutions are capital intensive, complex and cumbersome. That’s why many firms now gravitate towards managed security service providers (MSSPs), who offer quick deployment and affordability through subscription models.
While MSSPs provide remote device management–configuring firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, etc.–they come up short in areas of continuous threat detection and response, leaving organizations at risk.
To fully secure their organizations, companies need a cost-effective managed security operations center (SOC) that providers of managed detection and response (MDR) services now bring to the midmarket. MDR providers transcend the traditional MSSP cybersecurity model by providing a greater focus on the threat detection and response capabilities that leading firms require to effectively secure their businesses from cyberattacks.
SIEM: Powerful Technology That’s Hard to Manage
SIEM is a software solution that collects log records of every endpoint and network activity, correlates these logs to identify indicators of compromise, and alerts security analysts when attacks are detected.
|Customers maintain complete control||High upfront costs and complexity|
|SLAs depend on in-house capacity to deliver||Up to 6 months to deploy and see value|
|Strong user and entity behavior analytics||Requires 24x7 oversight by skilled security engineers|
MSSP: Outsourced Security Management That Lacks in Key Areas of Cybersecurity
Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) focus on remote device management, vulnerability management, security event monitoring and alerting.
|Proficiency in remote device management||Limited knowledge of their customers’ IT environments|
|Provide basic monitoring and alerts that do not require deep security expertise||Limited security skills (if any) for threat triaging and analysis|
|Managed endpoint protection via AntiVirus||Limited network monitoring capabilities|
MDR: Outsourced Threat Detection and Response Expertise
MDR providers target two primary groups of buyers for their managed detection and response services: 1) small and midsize businesses with limited investments in security resources (tools/staff); 2) midsize enterprises that already invest in security resources, but seek partners to augment in-house capabilities.
|Pros: MDR services provide the following capabilities to end-user customers:|
|Proprietary technology stack for SIEM included in service price|
|24/7 monitoring of events/logs, suspicious activity, and alerts|
|Continuous network monitoring|
|Threat detection, triaging and forensics analysis|
|Remote incident investigation and response recommendations|
|Regulatory compliance reporting|
|Security advisors who act as extensions of end-customers’ IT and security teams|
MDR service providers invest heavily in advanced analytics that leverage commodity big-data platforms like Hadoop, invest in elastic computing like Amazon Web Services, and subscribe to multiple third-party threat intelligence sources that track the latest attack vectors.
SOC-as-a-Service: The Turnkey Service SMEs Need
A security operations center (SOC)-as-a-service is a turnkey solution that offers MDR capabilities and more. It uses a cloud-based SIEM platform to collect and correlate log data and network flows from network sensors deployed on customer premises. It includes experienced security engineers who focus on threat detection, forensics analysis, and prioritizing incidents for customers. Vulnerability assessment and compliance reporting is also part of the comprehensive service.
Arctic Wolf offers the industry’s leading SOC-as-a-service, the AWN CyberSOC™.
|The AWN CyberSOC™ delivers the following capabilities above and beyond MDR:|
|Named Concierge Security Engineers (CSEs) for each customer account who act as trusted security advisors and extensions to customers’ IT-staff|
|Hybrid AI (human-augmented machine learning), which provides 10X better threat detection with 5X fewer false positives|
|Security optimized data architecture that dynamically scales and ingests, parses and analyzes unlimited amounts of log data|
|Customizable rules engine that enables CSEs to tailor services to specific customer needs|
|Cloud monitoring of 1) infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) environments like AWS; 2) software-as-a-service (SaaS) environments like Office365; 3) security-as-a-service (SecaaS) environments like Okta|
|Predictable pricing based on a company’s number of employees, servers and deployed network sensors|
The advantages of MDR and SOC-as-a-service over MSSP or SIEM are discussed in more detail in this white paper on the same topic.