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MDR – What is it and why does my business need it?

Cybersecurity is a crucial aspect of our lives, whether business, work or personal. With increasing cyber threats, it is essential to have the right security measures in place.

Antivirus software has been around for quite some time and is commonly used to protect against malware and other cyber-attacks.

However, with the evolution of cybersecurity, a new type of security service called MDR (Managed Detection and Response) has emerged.

In this post, we will discuss the differences between normal antivirus and MDR, whilst also highlighting the benefits of MDR.


What is Managed Detection and Response (MDR)?

Managed detection and response (MDR) services provide customers with remotely delivered cyber security monitoring and protection.

This allows us to quickly detect, analyse, investigate and actively respond to security threats and cyber attacks against your business.

If a threat is detected, it can be directly managed by one of our IT experts to keep your systems safe.


What is the difference between Antivirus and MDR?

Antivirus software is designed to protect against known threats by scanning files and software for signatures that match known malware.

This type of software can be installed on a single device or across an entire network. The software can scan and remove viruses, trojans, worms, and other malicious software from the system.

However, this software cannot detect or prevent zero-day attacks, which are new or previously unknown vulnerabilities.

MDR, on the other hand, is a comprehensive cybersecurity solution that combines advanced threat detection, incident response, and threat-hunting capabilities.

MDR providers use advanced technologies like machine learning and AI to identify and respond to potential threats in real time. They can also identify and respond to previously unknown threats or zero-day attacks.

One of the key differences between antivirus software and MDR is that MDR is a managed service so a team of cybersecurity experts will monitor and manage the security of your network.

They will provide 24/7 monitoring, threat hunting, and incident response services to quickly detect and respond to potential threats. Think of it as another set of specialised eyes looking after your business security.

MDR provides visibility into your network, allowing cybersecurity experts to identify potential threats, track attacker behaviour, and provide recommendations to improve overall security.

With antivirus software, you have limited visibility into the threats that have been detected and the actions are taken to address them.


What are the benefits of MDR?

MDR can help organisations comply with industry regulations and standards like HIPAA, GDPR, and PCI DSS.

These regulations require organisations to implement strong cybersecurity measures to protect sensitive data.

  • By implementing an MDR solution, businesses can ensure they are meeting these requirements.
  • By partnering with an MDR provider, you can benefit from a comprehensive cybersecurity solution that provides advanced threat detection, incident response, and threat hunting capabilities.
  • MDR can help organisations comply with industry regulations and standards. In today’s rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape, it’s essential to have the right security measures in place.
  • MDR can provide that extra layer of protection that antivirus software alone cannot.


Like the sound of MDR and want to know more?

Cicom partners with Sophos Security Labs to bring you industry-leading Managed Detection and Response to security threats.

If you want to take cybersecurity for your business to the next level, MDR is for you.

Call 1300 324 266 and speak to the team at Cicom to find out how you can elevate your cybersecurity defences with a responsive team or send us an online enquiry.

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