EMA Webinar to Explore Results of New Research on Managed Detection and Response (MDR)

EMA surveyed 179 IT and IT security respondents to assess the level of interest in MDR services, query MDR services users on the value they receive from their MDR service providers, and understand the drivers behind the growing interest in outsourcing the threat detection and response function

Boulder, Colo., July 21, 2020 - Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading IT and data management research and consulting firm, today announced it will host a research webinar titled “Managed Detection and Response: Selective Outsourcing for Understaffed SOCs and the Platforms That Enable MDR Services,” based on the research report by the same name written by Paula Musich, a research director at EMA covering security and risk management.

Managed detection and response services deliver advanced threat detection and response using sophisticated forensics technology and skilled threat hunting experts to organizations challenged to develop and maintain such capabilities in house.

The success bad actors are seeing in bypassing existing defenses, along with the complexity and overhead associated with hunting down threats within enterprise infrastructure, are spurring the fast growth of the managed detection and response market. Organizations of different sizes actively investigate adding such services to either offload that function from overburdened in-house staff or fill in gaps that exist in their current information security operations.

“Most security professionals acknowledge that the enterprise networks they are charged with defending are already compromised, but finding the most threatening attacks and shutting them down quickly is no easy task,” said Musich. “Sophisticated technologies and processes designed to speed detection are best used by experienced threat hunters that are in extremely short supply. This combination of factors is fueling great interest in managed detection and response services.”

In this new research project, EMA sought to better understand the attitudes among IT professionals about MDR’s value and place in their security program, as well as gain a deeper understanding about what prompts organizations to build out their own detection and response operation rather than outsource it, which selection criteria are most critical in choosing a provider, and how much control customers are willing to give up in outsourcing that function.

During this webinar, Musich will explore the results of this research, including:

  • The variations in how different-sized organizations approach MDR services
  • Which activities carried out by MDR providers are valued most by clients
  • How extensively different-sized organizations take advantage of MDR service offerings
  • How well MDR users rate their providers’ services

The webinar is Wednesday, July 29 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. Registration is available at:

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