Remember that classic episode of “I Love Lucy” where Lucy and Ethel are working on the production line in a chocolate factory? They’ve been told they will be fired if any chocolate gets past them unwrapped. Things start fine, but then the line speeds up. More and more chocolate comes their way, and even with some creative maneuvers, they can’t keep up. They are soon overwhelmed by chocolate, with only a few random pieces getting wrapped.

Now imagine those chocolates are security alerts, and it’s not so funny anymore. Security teams are up against more and more tools that report more and more alerts, sparse staffing resources as thousands of cybersecurity jobs go unfilled, and a lack of the right security skills to filter critical vulnerabilities from the noise—let alone remediate them.

Is there such a thing as simple security?

Recent research by IBM found that between 2020 and 2021, more than 65% of cloud security incidents would never have happened if the configuration of applications, databases, and security policies were correct. It’s a disheartening number in the face of the technologies and solutions that are supposed to help security teams better manage their systems.

The reality is that data breaches and ransomware attacks are worsening, sending more “chocolates” down the line than security teams can handle. And while it is impossible to create a scenario where any business is 100% protected against an attack, there are things that organizations of all sizes can do to limit their risk exposure. Some are simple tasks such as implementing policies that promote proper password hygiene, requiring multi-factor authentication, and regularly installing updates and patches to all systems. And even when it’s well understood that simple security measures make it harder for a hacker to get into your environment, it’s not uncommon for them to be overlooked. Hackers like easy targets, and most will focus their attention elsewhere when they run up against even simple security steps.

But implementing security best practices still doesn’t offer foolproof prevention against every attack. Businesses today must actively monitor for threats while also threat hunting and preparing to respond at any moment. Many organizations use security information and event management (SIEM) and endpoint detection and response (EDR) solutions to help mitigate the threat. But those aren’t the only options available, and organizations are increasingly turning to managed detection and response (MDR) services.

What is managed detection and response?

MDR helps clients address the challenges of an expanding threat surface and constantly evolving attacks by providing resources outside of the organization’s current team or solution set. MDR services minimize the likelihood or impact of a successful attack by bringing together a security platform and security experts to deliver around-the-clock monitoring and response.

The benefits of MDR

MDR solutions provide 24×7 observation across an organization’s environment to identify active threats, and then respond by eliminating, investigating or containing them. More organizations are turning to MDR to help them address resource and skill gaps as they face increasingly complex security challenges at a scale that is too great for organizations of any size to handle individually.

More team resources without a bigger team

While Lucy and Ethel could have benefited from better tools, most IT teams already use several security solutions. If tools alone were enough to solve the cybersecurity problem, they would have by now. Instead, it’s an operational problem. That’s why Sirius partners with leading MDR providers such as Arctic Wolf to offer our clients resources for 24×7 monitoring of networks, endpoints, and cloud environments.

To learn how Sirius can help you leverage MDR to detect, respond to and recover from modern cyberattacks without tasking your team, talk with your Sirius representative or contact us today.