MDR providers transcend the traditional cybersecurity model of MSSPs by focusing more on the threat detection and response capabilities that major companies need to effectively protect their companies from cyberattacks. Managed detection and response (MDR) offers numerous advantages, including a very small network footprint. Security analysts take advantage of advanced technology to detect network intrusions, malware, or other malicious activities. It offers a rapid response that mitigates threats efficiently and effectively.
At the same time, the SOC, or Security Operation Center, is a crucial component of the MSSP or MDR service provider, comprised of a cybersecurity team, tools (SIEM first) and processes. Some MSSPs offer virus protection and firewall management services, but they don't investigate or respond to cybersecurity threats. In addition, along with the classic MSS and MDR, there is also a relatively simpler (and cheaper) version of managed security, such as managed SIEM or the management of security events and information. Traditional MSSPs are useful for organizations that want a third party to monitor network incidents, but prefer to eliminate false positives, respond to incidents, and investigate anomalies internally.
This makes the MSSP offer cheaper than the MDR offer and assumes that the support team will be the customer's internal team. In addition, MDRs fill their SoCs instead of security analysts than operators, so that incident responses become more personalized and intellectual. In fact, partnering with a true MSSP provides you and your security team with more than a few major benefits. But surprisingly, MDRs are also a good option for SMEs that lack or have almost no cybersecurity equipment and infrastructure.
Keep in mind that MSSPs are quite flexible in relationships with a customer, they adapt to their IT environment and monitor security events in it, sending alerts about detected anomalies. On the one hand, typical MSSPs detect and alert, leaving the internal security team responsible for management. They are generally more affordable than MSSPs and are more effective when an in-house team is available to regularly communicate with the security analyst. Remember that some MSSPs, especially those working with small and medium-sized businesses, also provide essential cybersecurity services.
However, in today's market, many MSSPs offer advanced services that include managed detection and response (MDR) and security incident and event management (SIEM).