Glossary Term

Managed Network Detection and Response (MNDR)

Managed Network Detection and Response (MNDR) is an emerging security service that gives organizations access to a trusted partner who proactively hunts for threats across both managed and unmanaged network infrastructure. Having networks monitored in real-time by threat hunting and incident response experts improve the maturity and effectiveness of an organization’s security program.

The Evolution of Attacks and Network Security

Security teams have always grappled with the evolution of attacks on their networks. In the early days, teams used security controls like intrusion detection systems (IDS) to detect and remove threats such as malware in real-time. But IDS had its challenges, with one of the biggest being alerting organizations to false positives in which legitimate software was mistakenly detected as malware.

That is why organizations started using modern network detection and response (NDR) tools equipped with network processing, analytics, and threat intelligence capabilities to stop the threats that evade existing malware protection systems. For example, security teams can use these tools that are powered by machine learning and behavioral analytics to automate complex hunting tasks, such as detecting and preventing malicious network activity caused by non-malware threats, including insider attacks, credential abuse, lateral movement, and data exfiltration. Moreover, an increase in IoT, BYOD and third-party devices on enterprise networks require an agentless approach versus legacy, agent-based solutions.

By automating much of the manual correlation and data-gathering capabilities, NDR tools help security teams gain network situational awareness and uncover malicious intent even when it blends in with normal business justified activities.

Does Your Security Team Need an MNDR Solution?

With advanced AI and machine learning tools like network detection and response systems, it can be argued that security teams have the equipment needed to safeguard their organizations’ sensitive data. However, there is still the need for human experts to then make risk decisions. For instance, while the tool can flag a system as being compromised, only humans can decide on shutting it off or leaving it up and running since it is critical to business operations.

Smaller organizations often don’t have the expertise in-house and larger organizations seek outside expertise to partner with their own internal resources.

The lack of skilled colleagues is a daily reality for people trying to secure everything from personal information to sensitive corporate and government secrets.

This is where managed network detection and response services come in. MNDR services can be used to fill potential gaps by allowing security teams to partner with experts for their detection and response program.

Unmatched Threat Hunting and Network Visibility

While the pressure organizations face due to emerging threats and the cybersecurity skills gap aren’t going away any time soon, the industry can do a better job providing the right tools and new ways to tap into the talent that already exists today. Awake Security’s Managed Network Detection and Response solution is one answer to this problem.

Awake introduced the industry’s first managed network detection and response solution that enables organizations to instantly improve the maturity and effectiveness of their security programs through the unmatched visibility that Awake’s platform provides, and the additional confidence that the platform is being monitored by Awake Labs’ threat hunting and incident response experts. This expertise can help eliminate the need for customers to hire resources to just stare at a monitor. Awake’s analysts collectively have decades of experience responding to some of the world’s most consequential breaches.

Managed Network Detection and Response is proving to be a much-needed service as attacks continue to evolve, and security teams continue to struggle with the skills gap. Having a threat hunting team that works collaboratively with an organization’s existing security team to customize and meet their particular needs is a step in the right direction toward preventing breaches with severe consequences.

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