MDR is the new backup camera

We leverage car analogies all the time as people can often relate to the parallels between cars and computers. For example, we often state during our Security Awareness Trainings that just because a car has seat belts and airbags, that doesn’t mean a driver shouldn’t drive safely by the rules of the road – there’s still an obligation to practice safe driving habits, just like an computer user should follow safe computing habits. Recently, we leveraged another car analogy, this time regarding how options become standard issue over time.

Ten years ago, only premium cars and vehicles were typically equipped with side curtain airbags and backup cameras – these were expensive add-ons only available in high-end models. However, over time, production costs are reduced, and safety features reserved for those with large budgets start to become standard issue in all makes and models.

Similarly, ten years ago, a good security strategy revolved around solid security update and patch management, as well as having a strong, centrally managed anti-virus platform. However, today’s thorough security approach adds many more solutions that have become as cost-effective for small and mid-size businesses as for those enterprises with large budgets – solutions like Managed Detection and Response (MDR) and a ZeroTrust approach leveraging Application Whitelisting.

Just like side curtain airbags don’t mean seat belts are obsolete, MDR and ZeroTrust don’t make patch management and anti-virus obsolete either. They are additions to the security stack, protecting against threats that the existing tools don’t address well enough on their own.

As a result, if you are a client who’s worked with Suite3 for a while but haven’t added these new solutions, we need to talk. Similarly, if you are working with another vendor who hasn’t talked to you about these new solutions, we need to talk as well.