What is MDR and why is it necessary?

The NIST CyberSecurity Framework creates a five-function structure representing the five primary pillars for a successful and holistic cybersecurity program – Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover. Traditional security tools, such as modern anti-virus solutions, primarily focuses on the actions performed by executable files and makes heuristic-based detections. Anti-virus also uses static signatures to identify known malicious sections of files.

Attackers use their knowledge of how anti-virus and other preventive security products work with persistence methods like file-less malware, backdoors, and application masquerading in order to evade detection. As a result, anti-virus is a necessary and important Protection tool, but doesn’t provide effective Detection of unknown threats.

Effectively hunting attackers and rooting them out demands a new approach. A Managed Detection and Response (MDR) solution provides active, always-on threat detection, facilitates response to incidents, and allows for continuous monitoring. Our Suite3 ThreatHunter MDR service focuses on attacker persistence, using innovative algorithms and human intelligence to help pursue and challenge these threats.

ThreatHunter turns the tables on cyber attackers, playing offense with MDR AND defense with anti-virus. We’ll be talking with all of our clients about this necessary addition to your security stack.

Hunt or be hunted!