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MXDR, SIEM, or Both? Here Are The Right Tools To Detect & Respond To Cyberattacks

Posted by Josh Resch on Sep 13, 2022 12:29:43 PM

MXDR (Managed Extended Detection and Response) is a professionally managed combination of tools that use powerful AI to correlate readings from different security monitoring tools. The process for implementing MDXR depends on the tools you already have in place. Switching to a new tool can be tricky if you’re mid-contract with another vendor. It’s a good idea to talk to a defensive cybersecurity expert to get set up with the right stack of tools for your organization! 

What is the difference between MXDR and SIEM? 

The goal of SIEM is to put organization-wide security information on one screen and have “eyes on glass” 24 hours a day. While MXDR also solves for this, it provides additional functionality with AI and automation across your endpoints, network infrastructure, and cloud infrastructure. MXDR also addresses the issue of scalability that exists for SIEM. Still, MXDR is a valuable part of the security stack. It can even be leveraged as one of the many parts that make up a strong MXDR.  

The rest of the alphabet soup refers to the increasingly complex, earlier versions of endpoint detection and response: EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response), MDR (Managed Detection and Response), and XDR (Extended Detection and Response). MXDR is the latest iteration, and it is making waves through the cyber community.

Transitioning from SIEM to MDXR 

How does a security program switch from SIEM to MXDR? If you have an operational SIEM running, kudos to you! SIEM emerged as a revolutionary method of coalescing logs across a network. Today, MXDR technology has evolved to hunt and defend against threats instead of simply monitoring. SIEM can be a component of MXDR, and it certainly has a place in the security stack. A defensive security expert can help you find the most cost-effective option for implementing MXDR in your network.

Implementing MXDR From Scratch

If your security planning is more informal and ad-hoc, there is not much time to wait. There are more attackers in the wild every day, and their tactics are getting craftier. Every organization should consider itself a target. Even small companies make attractive low-hanging fruit if they neglect to defend their perimeter or internal network. More than half of cybersecurity attacks victimize SMBs because their security programs are less robust.  

MXDR empowers you to detect and contain security incidents more quickly than EDR or SIEM alone. On average, affected organizations in the financial industry take 233 days to detect and contain a breach. With the mean cost of those breaches nearing $6M, early detection becomes critical to avoid significant financial and reputational losses.  

MXDR vs. Tomorrow 

Every business depends on internet-facing systems to some extent. They are responsible for protecting their sensitive data, and failure to maintain that could lead to fines and reputational damage. MXDR is the latest in an evolving series of detection and response software built to provide the most comprehensive technical prevention.  

How Does MXDR Fit Into Your 2023 Security Planning? Talk To A ProCircular Expert About Our MXDR (Managed Extended Detection and Response) Offering!

If you’re looking for accomplished experts to support your security posture, trust ProCircular. Proudly serving Iowa, Minnesota, and the entire Midwest, ProCircular is among the top cybersecurity companies in the nation. Our defensive cyber operations team has the expertise to install and manage this cutting-edge tech.

Contact our experts at ProCircular, give us a call at 844-95-SECUR (73287) or email us at sales@procircular.com with any questions you have.

Topics: Cybersecurity, SIEM, MXDR

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