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Published: 26th September 2022 | In: Insights

Anyone doing an internet search for ‘Managed XDR’ or ‘XDR’, or ‘SOC & MDR’ in an attempt to tell them apart can be forgiven for still being a little confused and wondering what makes them different. They might be perfectly happy with their existing SOC & MDR service, or perhaps curious about the fairly new term of XDR and what it means.

To explain why Quorum Cyber’s new Managed XDR service is superior to our Microsoft Sentinel SOC & MDR service, let’s start by looking at exactly what security our customers benefit from with the latter.

A brief outline of our SOC & MDR service

To give it its full name, Microsoft Sentinel SOC & MDR stands for Microsoft Sentinel Security Operations Centre and Managed Detection & Response (SOC & MDR).

Equipped with Microsoft Sentinel, our team of qualified cyber security professionals monitor your IT environment around the clock every day of the year. They detect any potential threats and rapidly respond. Our approach is to have creative security analysts – who understand the cybercriminal mindset – using Microsoft Security’s market-leading automated technology to minimise risks across the organisation.

This service is designed to be a seamless extension of your existing IT and security team, saving you the expense of building and maintaining a SOC in-house. Organisations who build their own SOC need to recruit, train and retain employees in a heated jobs market, while investing in the latest tools and licences.

Under the protection of our SOC you’ll benefit from 24×7 security 365 days a year, minimising risks to your business. With this service, you can see any incidents and how we’re handling them in real time via our customer portal, Clarity.

Key customer benefits of our Microsoft Sentinel SOC & MDR service
Achieve 24x7x365 monitoring, detection and response across the whole IT estate
Reduce the chances of a successful cyber-attack
Rapidly contain suspicious incidents
Minimise the dwell time of a cybercriminal
Seamlessly extend your cyber security team with our experts
Free up your resources to achieve your business goals
Improve your security posture during the lifetime of the SOC
Ensure greater value for money as your security maturity improves
Leverage years of Microsoft’s cyber security research
Gain near real-time visibility of all alerts and incidents

Introducing our Managed XDR service

Our new flagship Managed XDR (eXtended Detection & Response) service comprises everything in the SOC & MDR model and provides a whole lot more security features across a far broader scope.

It combines the strengths of Microsoft’s two families of Defenders into one single service:

Managed XDR = Microsoft 365 Defender + Microsoft Defender for Cloud + Microsoft Sentinel.

This empowers us to monitor absolutely everything, from any vendor, in your IT ecosystem, be it on-premises or in the cloud, in Operational Technology (OT) or the Internet of Things (IoT).

Again, we use human expertise and creativity together with Microsoft Security’s latest technologies, which are continually improved as lessons are learned from real-world scenarios.

With Managed XDR, we scan all manner of physical devices including laptops and smartphones through to email, networks, identities, virtual machines, databases and firewalls. Every type of operating system and cloud environment is covered – and not just Microsoft Azure and anything built by Microsoft. Cloud services from other vendors including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) are covered as well.

The service is scalable to suit any organisation of any size operating anywhere, so whatever the complexity of your IT ecosystem and whatever technology you have already invested in, we can protect it to free your resources to focus on your core business.

Key customer benefits of Managed XDR
Gain the peace of mind of having comprehensive cyber security across your entire IT environment
Significantly reduce the chances of a successful cyber-attack
Rapidly contain suspicious incidents
Shorten the dwell time of a cybercriminal
Minimise damage of any breaches that do occur
Shrink TCO by consolidating to a single vendor security ecosystem
Save the expense of building and running an in-house cyber security team
Maximise use of existing technologies and licences to realise value for money
Understand your risk profile and improve your security posture against the latest threats
Run a monthly cyber-attack simulator and security MOT check to assess any vulnerabilities and strengthen defences
Increase your team’s productivity by freeing their time and energy
See any cyber incidents and how they’re being managed in real time via our customer portal, Clarity

Why choose Managed XDR and why will it benefit your organisation?

The ‘Managed’ component of our Managed XDR service means that our experienced threat hunters will proactively monitor your environment on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, ensuring you have the best security protection possible as Microsoft continues to update features and products. Our threat experts will investigate any suspicious activity that’s flagged by our automated threat monitoring technology. Furthermore, we’ll help you streamline your portfolio of products and licences to ultimately adopt a single security ecosystem.

Managed XDR’s analysis capabilities are truly extraordinary. We can analyse every component of your organisation’s IT environment – everything ranging from a tiny temperature sensor to the most advanced robot on your factory floor. If there is ever unusual activity anywhere, we’ll detect it and promptly investigate.

In addition, our engineers design and run monthly ‘safe attacks’ to check for any vulnerabilities before adversaries find them. They will talk and walk you through anything they find to constantly improve your security posture in light of the latest cyber incidents around the world.


Explore our Managed XDR service to see how we can help keep your organisation secure.