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EDR vs. XDR vs. MDR vs. SIEM: What’s right for you?

By: Dataprise

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In early 2023, the city of Oakland issued a local state of emergency in response to a ransomware attack that has impacted key systems. No industry is safe from being the victim of a ransomware attack, so IT leaders are prioritizing cybersecurity as threats evolve. But how can you be sure what is right for your organization? 4 key solutions that play a major role in enhancing cybersecurity posture are EDR, XDR, MDR, and SIEM. Just as the threat landscape is constantly evolving, solutions are as well, and it can be overwhelming.  Let’s figure out what solution is right for your organization between EDR, MDR, XDR, and SIEM.

Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)

EDR is a cybersecurity solution that when implemented, detects, and responds to security threats on endpoints. Endpoints can be laptops, mobile devices, tablets, and servers. EDR solutions are constructed to detect and respond to threats in real-time, by providing a rapid response to identified threats. They monitor endpoint activity and collect data for signs of suspicious behaviors. EDR solutions tend to provide a high level of visibility into endpoint activity which is essential in the modern landscape.

EDR solutions are particularly beneficial for organizations that have a large number of endpoints to protect such as large enterprises with several laptops, desktops, servers, and mobile devices.

Extended Detection and Response (XDR)

Combining the best of EDR, the XDR solution integrates multiple security tools and data sources, which in turn provides more comprehensive threat detection and response capabilities. This solution blends analytics, and threat intelligence, and adds automation to better detect and respond to threats in real-time. One benefit of an XDR solution is that it can identify complex attacks that may be missed by other security solutions by integrating data from multiple sources.

XDR solutions are particularly valuable for highly regulated industries – such as finance, healthcare, and government. These industries in particular have some of the most strict regulatory requirements and XDR solutions give the most complete overview of your organization’s security.

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

SIEM solutions focus on centralizing log data from network devices, servers, applications, and other sources your organization may have. By using correlation rules to identify potential events, SIEM solutions then alert security teams to any suspicious activity. Additionally, these solutions help security teams understand patterns across data and identify trends. SIEM solutions can be integrated to go hand in hand with EDR and XDR to provide a more comprehensive view of the organization’s security.

SIEM solutions are ideal for organizations that have a complex IT infrastructure involving multiple endpoints, applications, and servers that centralize data. Any industry that manages sensitive data such as healthcare, financial, and banking can benefit from a SIEM solution that provides real-time monitoring and threat detection.

Managed Detection and Response (MDR)

MDR takes what is established in all 3 solutions above and kicks it up a notch. MDR is a managed security service blending processes, people, and technology to detect and respond to threats. Implemented by a managed security services provider (MSSP), these providers combine human knowledge, analytics, and threat intelligence to monitor not only endpoints but networks and cloud environments for any potential threat/compromise.

MDR solutions are ideal for organizations of all sizes that do not have the resources or expertise to manage their security operations in-house. These solutions provide organizations with a team of cybersecurity experts who can 24/7 monitor the environment. Additionally, organizations that are required to comply with any regulatory standards, such as HIPAA or GDPR, greatly benefit from the expertise provided to meet their compliance requirements.

These 4 solutions all play a role in enhancing organizational cybersecurity posture, so choosing the right solution boils down to the organization’s specific needs. If you are specifically looking to focus on endpoints, look no further than EDR solutions. Maybe your organization needs a more holistic view of its security events – XDR has you covered. If you need more advanced security services and a dedicated staff, MDR may end up being the best fit. Alternatively, if you are looking to centralize log data from multiple different sources, SIEM would be the way to go. Dataprise is proud to offer cybersecurity services that are not one size fits all and would be happy to learn what your organization’s needs are to best pair you with the correct solution.

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