Partner content: How MDR solutions can help reduce the cybersecurity talent gap

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Partner content: How MDR solutions can help reduce the cybersecurity talent gap

In the last decade, one of the leading obstacles to strategically sound digital transformation are skills shortages. Across all industries, enterprises are suffering from critical staffing shortages due to the rise in remote and hybrid work. But worker scarcity is perhaps most keenly felt in cybersecurity, where increasingly sophisticated daily cyberattacks mean many simply do not have the bandwidth to cope. Increasingly, enterprises are turning to third parties for help overseeing their security infrastructure.

Security Experts: over-burdened and fatigued

A lack of skilled security talent creates a real barrier for growth as it is vital to securing the organisation and furthering cybersecurity innovation to stay ahead of the adversary. The industry-wide demand for skilled security experts remains strong while organisations endeavour to keep pace with customer expectations and the latest technology developments.

Cybersecurity solutions themselves can contribute to this problem. The sheer number of alerts can be overwhelming, and security operations teams simply do not have the time or resources to investigate every issue flagged.

Adversaries work 24/7/365, using automated processes often just as advanced as the protections employed by large organisations. In this context, enterprises lacking the necessary cybersecurity talent to confidently conduct threat detection and analysis, will experience poor responses and ineffective recovery.

Remediating attacks and limiting their impact are top priorities for enterprises unable to automate or outsource this capability. Without modern solutions or third-party help, IT personnel are tasked with the day-to-day management and support of cybersecurity solutions, ultimately detracting from their organisation's longer-term productivity and development.

Channel partners investing in capable solutions that scale flexibly will be in the best position to support their customers.

The role of Managed Detection and Response

Managed Detection and Response (MDR) solutions with the right partner can reduce the pressure on IT and security teams to monitor, investigate, validate, analyse and respond to cyber threat alerts with complete visibility across the IT infrastructure, including networks, endpoints, email, identity systems, and cloud environments.

With an MDR solution in place, customers can redirect resources and allow precious time to be dedicated to other initiatives or areas, without compromising on around the clock protection.

MDR successfully bridges the skills gaps by providing extensive security expertise paired with superior detection and response that focuses the team on critical alerts rather than signal ‘noise'. Providing the right MDR software to your clients will enable them to confidently mitigate attacks, outages, and interruptions - all pervasive and evolving issues. Critical issues will be flagged and directed to the right people, while the potential burden of investigating alerts that prove to be anomalies and false positives will be reduced.

Our growing attack surfaces and data integrations, and the talent shortage, are long-term challenges. They will continually evolve and demand greater responses from the channel, creating opportunities for partners who are positioned to succeed with the right MDR partner.

There are many talented employees in the security space, but there is a widespread mismatch between available, affordable security resources, and the needs of the market. Customers want modern, intelligent monitoring to accurately detect threats, with immediate access to security experts to help them reduce their growing risks. Trusted advisors have a vital role to play in helping organisations fill this gap. When it comes to recommending the right MDR solutions, choosing the right MDR partner to introduce to your customers is key

To learn more about choosing the right MDR solution for your customers, click here.

 This article is sponsored by Secureworks.

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