The Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service that was launched by Sophos about six months ago has grown its customer base by 33 per cent, the company has announced.
In a statement, Sophos said that its industry-first vendor-agnostic has the ability to ingest and analyze telemetry from third-party security vendors, adding that Sophos is processing more than 150 million alerts from nearly 30 other security providers.
Based on this, Sophos Adds Team of MDR Experts in Germany, Expanding Global Footprint of Security Operations Specialists and Defenders Have Less Time to Defend; MDR Services Become Critical Cybersecurity Layer as Attacker Dwell Time Decreases, Says Sophos’ Annual Active Adversary Report.
The service now protects more than 16,000 organizations worldwide and has doubled in size year-over-year as the industry’s most widely used MDR offering.
MDR services are fast becoming an essential cybersecurity layer as attackers refine their tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) to overwhelm defenders. This includes decreasing their dwell time, as evidenced in Sophos’ 2023 Active Adversary Report for Business Leaders report, also announced today. Reduced dwell time indicates attackers are working faster to accomplish their end goal, whether stealing data, deploying ransomware, spying, or perpetrating some other nefarious activity against a target. Consequently, defenders have less time to respond, from identifying the presence of attackers to neutralizing them. Analysis of incident response cases shows that median dwell times are dropping significantly – down to 10 days for the first time, and a day less for ransomware cases – and attacks are occurring continuously instead of during off business hours or over the weekend. Interestingly, there’s no significant difference in dwell time among organizations of different sizes or sectors.
“The MDR market is gaining momentum as companies scramble to stay one step ahead of rapidly evolving attacks that continue to increase in number, sophistication and complexity while simultaneously trying to manage the cybersecurity talent skills shortage reality. Since its launch in October, Sophos MDR has mirrored that momentum as organizations look to realize secure outcomes and reduce their cybersecurity risk posture from their existing cybersecurity investments. The benefit of Sophos’s technology-agnostic managed service approach is that it meets customers where they are rather than requiring investment in new security tools to achieve an outcome,” said Frank Dickson, group vice president for IDC’s Security and Trust research practice.
Sophos MDR successfully reported malicious activity across all 10 MITRE ATT&CK steps in the first-ever independent MITRE Engenuity ATT&CK Evaluation for security service providers. Sophos MDR was evaluated with 15 vendors, excelling in its ability to detect sophisticated threats with speed and precision. Sophos was named the only Leader across the G2 Grid Reports for MDR, Extended Detection and Response (XDR) Platforms, Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR), Endpoint Protection Suites, and Firewall Software in the G2 Spring 2023 Reports. In the Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Services market on Gartner® Peer Insights®, Sophos MDR is the highest-rated and most reviewed MDR service with a 4.8 rating across 296 reviews as of April 24, 2023.