Managed Detection and Response (MDR) and Global Cybersecurity Risks: Why Small to Medium Sized Businesses (SMB’s) Need to Pay Attention to Both

Cybersecurity headlines are all over the news.  Most recently, President Biden’s administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and the US Department of Justice have all warned about the increased cyber-risk to US businesses during the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Large organizations, especially those supporting critical infrastructure, are paying close attention to this. However, many SMB’s are neglecting to see how this could affect them. SMB’s have direct and indirect business relationships with larger organizations and the cybercriminals are aware of this.  Many focus on SMB’s as a gateway into larger organizations. This is made easier by the fact that cyber-defenses are not as strong in SMB’s as compared to their larger counterparts. They typically don’t have sufficient staff, tools, or infrastructure to defend against well-funded cyber-crime syndicates.

Managed Detection and Response to the Rescue 

While there are many tools and strategies to combat cyber-threats, perhaps the most significant advancement in recent years is managed detection and response.  MDR is a proactive solution that provides the expertise and watchfulness of a 24x7x365 security operations center (SOC) to actively monitor malicious activity on a customer’s network.  This is done by combining network visualization, insider threat monitoring, anti-malware, traffic analysis, and endpoint security all in one service that is monitored by security analysts around the clock.  By pairing people and processes, things like ransomware can be detected and isolated within minutes.  In terms of overall cybersecurity protection and value, MDR is a must-have for SMB’s that want to shore up their defenses. 

For more information about the M.A. Polce MDR service, please contact us today.   

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