Understanding how Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Compares to Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs)

8 Common Questions and Answers

Published February 2021


Until recently, organizations that have lacked the resources to build an internal detection and response capability have been without options. Purchasing advanced products that are not properly staffed has little effect. And while Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) support many different parts of a security program, detecting and responding to advanced threats is not where they specialize.

Organizations have been looking for sophisticated vendors who can identify malicious activity within their environment and ensure a quick response. This is the void MDR is filling.

As organizations consider MDR it is important that they understand key differences when compared against the traditional outsourcing option of MSSPs. Many organizations that are predisposed to pass over MSSP detection and response offerings will find that MDR can help them fill gaps within their internal capabilities

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