Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Services

Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Services Overview

What Are Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Services?

Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services are outsourced services for hunting, identifying, and responding to cyber threats. All MDRs focus on intelligently surfacing issues, vulnerabilities, or incidents for organizations to address. Some MDR services will also proactively respond to incidents as well, either manually or automatically. These services usually focus more on improving security postures than on managing compliance concerns, which is usually a main goal for broader managed security service providers (MSSPs).

Managed detection and response services use endpoint or extended detection and response (EDR/XDR) tools to monitor and protect client organizations. Outsourced management of these capabilities give organizations access to security resources and expertise that would otherwise be outside of accessibility or affordability to use in-house. MDR services can build on existing detection and response functions in an organization, or implement an entirely new system from the ground up.

Fully managed services will often supply their own proprietary EDR/XDR platforms.Many extended detection and response vendors will offer both the standalone tools and managed services, depending on what best fits a particular business. These services usually have a heavy focus on threat intelligence delivery and threat hunting, with less automated remediation.

In contrast to MSSPs, MDR services are focused on internal threats, particularly processing the massive amounts of data that comes from various security systems. They utilize a mix of automated analytics and human intelligence processing to deliver high-quality monitoring and alert management. MDR services present many benefits to organizations, including:

  • Saving staffing resources and in-house administrators’ time

  • Mitigating in-house security alert fatigue

  • Improving access to security expertise, which results in an overall improved security posture


Managed detection and response is closely related to endpoint or extended detection and response (EDR/XDR). EDR/XDR tools are usually the core technology utilized by MDR services, although some MDRs will use additional tools. The key difference is that the MDR service provider handles the implementation, maintenance, and day-to-day management of the tools using added human security expertise. This mitigates or eliminates the need for the client business to run any of the technology or processes in-house. The MDR provider’s focus on human intelligence expertise also differentiates the two categories.

The shift towards an MDR model comes as traditional endpoint detection and response tools have become more complex, evolving into a whole new level of monitoring (extended detection and response). This complexity is increasingly challenging and resource-intensive to manage in-house, making outsourcing a more viable and attractive option.

MDR Service Comparison

Consider these factors when comparing managed detection and response services:

  • Breadth of Services: Does each service offer remediation capabilities as well, or is it just focused on threat detection and alert management? The latter may be sufficient if the business already has robust response tools and processes in place.

  • Threat Intelligence: How robust are each tools’ threat intelligence offerings? How up-to-date do they keep their intelligence? Does it just rely on automated inputs, or are there more human inputs as well?

  • EDR vs. XDR: What kind of system does each service manage? Does it just monitor endpoints, or does it cover broader surfaces for detection and response? Consider surfaces like networks, servers, or cloud-based applications.

  • Deployment: Does the business benefit more from cloud-based or on-premise MDR capabilities? Cloud-based systems is the current trend, but all on-prem environments can still be served well by on-premise solutions, as they may be more responsive to emerging or active threats.

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Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Products

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CrowdStrike Falcon Endpoint Protection

CrowdStrike offers the Falcon Endpoint Protection suite, an antivirus and endpoint protection system emphasizing threat detection, machine learning malware detection, and signature free updating. Additionally the available Falcon Spotlight module delivers vulnerability assessment…

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Mandiant Managed Defense

Mandiant Managed Detection and Response (MDR), formerly known as FireEye as a Service, is a managed detection, investigation and response service that minimizes the potential business impact of increasingly sophisticated and targeted cyber attacks.

Secureworks Taegis ManagedXDR

Secureworks Taegis ManagedXDR is a managed detection and response (MDR) solution that delivers security analytics software, 24x7 support, threat hunting, and incident response in a single solution.

Arctic Wolf

Arctic Wolf Networks in Sunnyvale provides scalable managed cybersecurity protection for IT-constrained companies, to keep their critical data, networks, web-based applications, and devices safe. Working as an extension of an internal team, Arctic Wolf security experts deliver 24x7…


eSentire headquartered in Ontario offers Managed Detection and Response. Through their service, eSentire proactively hunts threats across a client's network, endpoints, cloud and hybrid environments so users can focus on everything else.

Alert Logic MDR

Alert Logic's Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service combines the Alert Logic purpose-built technology and the company's team of security experts, who work closely with customers to understand their unique needs and business context, empowering them to resolve whatever threats…


Expel, headquartered in Herndon, aims to provide the capabilities of a modern SOC - 24x7 detection, response, and resilience - without the cost and headache of managing one.

Rapid7 Managed Security Services (Rapid7 MDR)

Rapid7 Managed Security Services combine technology, security specialists, and solutions to find the vulnerabilities and hunt the attackers putting a business at risk. The Rapid7 solution provides a detailed and prioritized view of what to fix first and how to remediate it fast, as…

Atos MDR Services

Atos' Managed Detection and Response (MDR) is a managed security service that provides threat intelligence, threat hunting, security monitoring, incident analysis, and incident response. Using advanced security analytics on endpoints, user behavior, application, and network; MDR…

Cybereason Managed Detection & Response (MDR)

Cybereason Managed Detection & Response (MDR) is a managed security service emphasizing behavioral analysis and incident response.

Trend Micro Managed XDR

Trend Micro uses its native security stack to offer an integrated managed service across email, endpoints, servers, cloud workloads, and networks. Trend Micro’s managed detection and response service, Trend Micro Managed XDR, aims to drive improvements in security teams’ time-to-…

SentinelOne Vigilance

SentinelOne’s Vigilance Respond and Respond Pro Managed Detection & Response (MDR) service subscriptions are designed to supplement their endpoint security SaaS offerings. Their team is an in-house non-outsourced team of security experts that augment customer security with a second…

LMNTRIX Active Defense

The LMNTRIX Active Defense is a validated and integrated threat detection and response architecture that hunts down and eliminates the advanced and unknown threats that routinely bypass perimeter controls. Their cyberarsenal includes a combination of technology, security intelligence,…

Optiv Managed Detection and Response (MDR)

Optiv MDR builds upon existing technology investments to provide situational awareness, adaptive detections and in-depth investigation to help assess risk. Its spectrum of response options ensure users contain threats to minimize potential impact, then eliminate the root cause to…

Critical Insight Managed Detection and Response

The Critical Insight Managed Detection and Response platform receives logs from the Critical Insight on-premises collector, from the cloud, or hybrid environments. Their technology then prioritizes alerts to send to the Critical Insight Expert Analysts for investigation in the security…

Blackpoint MDR

Blackpoint Cyber headquartered in Ellicott City offers MDR services. Managed Detection and Response (MDR) team is made up of former US Intelligence cyber experts with real-world experience and their only mission is to monitor clients' networks (and their customers' networks) and…

Sophos Managed Threat Response (MTR)

With Sophos MTR, organizations are backed by a Sophos' team of threat hunters and response experts who take targeted actions on the customer's behalf to neutralize sophisticated threats.

Red Canary

Red Canary analyzes endpoint telemetry and alerts using a cloud-based detection engine and transforms it into actionable insights to improve your security outcomes. The service is designed to shut down threats that bypass preventative controls—without hiring a small army. Red Canary…

Secon Cyber ConnectProtect

Choosing to outsource SIEM and SOC services to Secon Cyber’s Managed Detection and Response enables organisations to take advantage of SIEM and an experienced SOC to provide an organisation with the knowledge and skills to reduce risk and effectively combat cyber threats. Through…


ActZero, headquartered in Seattle, challenges cybersecurity coverage for SMB and mid-market companies, boasting an intelligent MDR provides 24/7 monitoring, protection and response support that goes well beyond other third-party software solutions. Their data scientists leverage…

F-Secure Countercept

F-Secure Countercept is a managed detection and response (MDR) service boasting users among large banks, airlines and enterprises to deliver managed detection and response. The service protects organizations from skilled cyber adversaries with security that detects 24/7, and responds.…

Bitdefender Managed Detection and Response (MDR)

Bitdefender's Managed Detection and Response (MDR) gives customers outsourced cybersecurity operations 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The service is delivered by combining Bitdefender security technologies for MDR services combine cybersecurity for endpoints, plus network…