In the last blog, we review the definition of Managed Detection and Response. We reviewed the benefits and why it’s more proactive than MSSPs. In this blog, we are going to discuss why Managed Detection and Response (MDR) is ideal to add to your business continuity solution. To demonstrate this point, we are going to compare MDR to other services you may already have in your business continuity solution. By the end, you will know the #1 reason to invest in Managed Detection and Response.
To quickly summarize, MDR is a service that takes an active role in detecting advanced threats and proactively mitigating them. They monitor your networks while using automation and human analysis to detect any threats, quickly respond and mitigate the threats.
MDR protects your enterprise from outside threats. Itprevents them from getting into your networks in the first place. If they doget in, MDR identifies the intrusion and mitigates the risk.
To illustrate this point, think about a castle in themedieval period where the castle is your enterprise. Managed Detection andResponse is the equivalent to the knights protecting the gates. There are alsoknights high up in the castle looking out for potential risks. We will refer to this example again later on.
Cloud backups are scheduled, automated, and recent copies ofyour data. Data is constantly backed up so it's accurate and up-to-date aspossible. Normally, the backups are offsite – that is usually in the cloud.Cloud backups are important in case a disaster hits your enterprise.
If you’re thinking, “Oh, why do I need cloud backup if I have an MDR service? Isn’t MDR supposed to prevent attacks?”
The answer is yes. MDR services is a proactive solution to help prevent external cyberattacks. However, there are other disasters that can still occur without it coming from external causes. An example of an external threat is a ransomware attack. What about a system crash, hard drive failure, natural disaster, man-made disaster (E.g., a fire), and even human error? These disasters are internal.
Therefore, let’s go back to your castle. Your knights canstill be on duty when the castle floods or when a servant in the castle decidesto torch your resources. And even when your knights are proactively protectingyour castle, all your food and supplies are now a pile of ashes. The equivalentof cloud backup in the medieval period is having a secondary location, faraway, with supplies. The secondary location would have its own set of knightsas well.
Please note that in real-life cloud backup services are way more efficient. Ask us about cloud backup here.
Disaster recovery is the ability to recover your data aftera disaster. Like we mentioned before, a disaster is anything from a ransomwareattack to a power outage.
Disaster recovery does not only include the ability torecover your data but how much you can recover and how quickly you can get itback up and running. Disaster recovery is a huge part of business continuity.
Back to the example of your castle, disaster recovery is theability to get those resources from that secondary location and bring yoursupplies to the same level it was before. Getting those supplies have nothingto do with Managed Detection and Response. You still want your knights toprotect your castle. You also want some servants to get the backed-up suppliesfrom the secondary location very quickly.
For your castle to run smoothly (business continuity), youneed the knights on guard, a backup of supplies in case anything happens andpeople willing to go get the supplies in case a disaster strikes.
Please note that in real life, disaster recovery is a much quicker and efficient process. Ask us about disaster recovery here.
Being in charge of protecting your castle, would you haveknights? Would you have additional supplies hidden in another location? Wouldyou have people ready to get the supplies in the other location?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then you need to make sure your business invests in Managed Response and Detection, cloud backup, and disaster recovery services. They are part of a complete business continuity solution.
If you're not sure if you should invest in Managed Detection and Response, at Assurance IT, we use our EPR Methodology to assess your business continuity needs. Contact us to find out if MDR is right for your business continuity needs.
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