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EDR vs MDR vs XDR vs EMDR: What’s the Difference?

By February 22, 2022Uncategorized

Unfortunately, the Cybersecurity industry is notorious for coining terms and acronyms that can quickly become difficult to fully comprehend. In fact, it is not uncommon for these terms to fall in and out of favour before they even have a chance to be fully understood. This ultimately makes navigating the vendor landscape a challenge for many IT departments, particularly when looking at endpoint detection and response solutions. The worst part about all this is that sometimes terminology is simply used to stand out from the crowd, making it difficult to decipher where the true value lies.

Read on to gain some insight on these terms and what they actually mean:

Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR)

Gartner first defined EDR as a group of emerging security solutions that detect and investigate suspicious activities on hosts and endpoints using a high degree of automation to enables to security teams to identify and respond to threats more quickly. In other words, they combine real time continuous monitoring and collection of endpoint data with rules based automated response capabilities. Look for solutions that can leverage the combined power of threat intelligence and machine learning to

  • Record and store queries
  • Analyze behaviours and security events
  • Allow security teams to detect and analyze suspicious activities more efficiently over time

By the end of 2023, Gartner predicts that more than 50% of all enterprises will have switched to EDR from legacy signature-based AV.

Managed Detection & Response (MDR)

 In short, MDR should include all the capabilities of EDR, but also includes a managed, human component that augments the security outcomes achieved through it. In fact, MDR does not typically refer to a specific technology, but rather is a form of managed services that is usually deliver through a trusted managed security service provider (MSSP).

When considering MDR solutions, try focusing more on outcomes and goals achieved rather than specific technologies and their features.

XDR – eXtended Detection & Response

XDR refers to an extension of the traditional EDR platform by expanding the detection and response capabilities to cover ALL enterprise data sources. The main goal here is to bring the detection and response capabilities of EDR to provide a robust view across networks while providing a unified, single pane of glass view across multiple tools and across vectors.

E-MDR – Enhanced Managed Detection and Response

Stratejm’s Enhanced Managed Detection Response is a complete package of cybersecurity tools designed to provide the most complete protection for your organization. E-MDR provides all the capabilities of MDR but also extends our coverage past network devices while also providing the logging capabilities of SIEM. With Stratejm’s E-MDR, you can achieve:

  • Resource augmentation
  • Greatly increased security maturity with 24×7 threat management
  • Faster time to value
  • Greatly reduced MTTR and MTTD