How Does MXDR Work to Protect Your Business?

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Imagine having a team of skilled security professionals working tirelessly behind the scenes to protect your business from cyber threats. That’s exactly what MXDR (Managed Extended Detection and Response) brings to the table. We’ve already covered what MXDR is. Now’s your chance to discover how MXDR works, bringing together the power of artificial intelligence, automation, and human expertise to keep your business safe from the ever-evolving threat landscape.

How does MXDR work?

An MXDR team works continuously to monitor your network, servers, and devices to identify any suspicious activities or signs of a potential cyber attack. But they don’t do it alone. MXDR leverages powerful tools and technologies (like artificial intelligence) to collect and analyse vast amounts of data at scale, looking for patterns and anomalies that may indicate a threat.

Once a potential security incident is detected, the MXDR team swings into action. They investigate the incident, analysing the nature of the threat, its scope, and potential impact on your organisation. With their expertise, they can determine the best course of action to mitigate the threat and minimise any damage.

MXDR goes beyond just identifying threats. It also helps in responding to them effectively. The MXDR team can help you contain the incident, isolate affected systems, and initiate a plan to restore normal operations. They work closely with your business’ IT team, providing guidance and support throughout the incident response process.

Does MXDR use SIEM, SOAR and SOC?

Yes, MXDR can incorporate the use of SIEM, SOC, and SOAR technologies as part of its comprehensive cybersecurity approach.

  • SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) is a technology that collects and analyses security event data from various sources to identify potential threats. MXDR may utilise SIEM as a component to gather and correlate data from different systems, enabling more effective threat detection and response.
  • SOAR (Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response) refers to the use of automation and orchestration technologies to streamline and automate security operations. MXDR may leverage SOAR capabilities to automate routine tasks, orchestrate incident response actions, and improve overall operational efficiency.
  • SOC (Security Operations Center) is a dedicated team or facility responsible for monitoring, analysing, and responding to security incidents. MXDR may have its own SOC or work in conjunction with an existing SOC to provide continuous monitoring and incident response capabilities.

By utilising SIEM, SOC, and SOAR technologies, MXDR enhances its ability to detect, investigate, and respond to security threats effectively. These technologies work together to provide comprehensive coverage, real-time threat intelligence, and efficient incident response, bolstering the overall cybersecurity posture of the organisation.

How MXDR and artificial intelligence team up

MXDR is like having a cyber sidekick with serious brainpower, thanks to artificial intelligence.

AI helps MXDR analyse tons of security data at lightning speed. It learns from patterns and behaviors, allowing it to spot even the sneakiest cyber threats. MXDR’s AI power-up can identify anomalies, like that shady file or suspicious network activity, and alert the human experts to take action. It’s like having a super-smart sidekick working tirelessly to keep your digital fortress safe.

With AI on its side, MXDR is always one step ahead, defending your business from cybercriminals.

How MXDR and automation work together

MXDR uses automation to supercharge its cybersecurity game. Automation uses smart algorithms to do the bulk of repetitive tasks without people getting involved.

MXDR uses this automation magic to quickly sift through heaps of security data like logs and network traffic. It helps spot potential threats, connect the dots between events, and sends out alerts when things don’t look right.

Automation can also take action on its own, like quarantining dodgy devices or blocking suspicious network activity. With MXDR’s automation capabilities, it speeds up threat detection and response, making sure you keep those cyber criminals at bay in no time at all.

How MXDR and human expertise bring it all together

MXDR combines the power of this high-tech wizardry with human expertise. It’s like having a team of cyber-savvy superheroes watching your back.

The human experts behind MXDR know the ins and outs of cybersecurity like the back of their hand. They bring their experience, intuition, and problem-solving skills to the table. When AI flags a potential threat, these super-analysts jump into action, investigating, analysing, and making critical decisions.

They add that human touch, making sure no cyber threats slip through the cracks. With their super skills and MXDR’s high-tech tools, you’re in safe hands.

How do AI, automation and humans work together?

In MXDR, AI, automation, and human expertise work hand in hand to provide a powerful cybersecurity defense.

AI takes center stage by analysing massive amounts of data in real-time. It learns from patterns and behaviors, enabling it to identify anomalies and potential threats that might go unnoticed by traditional methods. AI acts as a proactive watchdog, constantly scanning for suspicious activities.

Automation comes into play to streamline and accerlate cybersecurity processes. Routine tasks like log analysis, threat hunting, and incident response can be automated, freeing up human experts’ time and reducing response times. Automation ensures swift action and helps manage the ever-increasing volume of security data.

However, human expertise remains irreplaceable. Skilled cybersecurity professionals bring years of experience, intuition, and critical thinking to the table. They provide context, perform in-depth investigations, make strategic decisions, and respond to complex incidents that require human judgment.

The final word on how MXDR works

Together, AI, automation, and human expertise form a formidable trio. AI and automation enhance efficiency, speed, and accuracy, while human experts bring their problem-solving abilities, adaptability, and domain knowledge.

By leveraging the strengths of each component, MXDR offers a robust cybersecurity defence, maximizing threat detection and response capabilities to safeguard your business against evolving cyber threats.

CloudGuard’s MXDR service

You might not be entirely surprised by this, but CloudGuard has its own MXDR service. We combine all these elements and so much more. We harness the power of Microsoft Sentinel as our SIEM solution. This cloud-native SIEM is already infused with AI to do lots of the heavy lifting.

Our automation experts have built a simple deployment that gets this going in your Azure environment within one hour. Data analysis and threat detection starts straight away. Over time, we deploy more automation scripts and AI wizardry to supercharge this even further.

By the end of year 1, we aim to have 75% of your cybersecurity processes automated, leaving humans more time to do proactive, imaginative, and problem-solving work in your business. Sounds good, right? It’s time to meet CloudGuard Protect.

Thomas Shelton21. Jun 2023