Introducing Sidekick MDR: 24*7 eyes-on-glass service for threat detection and response

November 9, 2021
Jonathan Barrett
Consulting Analyst
Introducing Sidekick MDR: 24*7 eyes-on-glass service for threat detection and response

Managing and executing a successful security program is a substantial challenge. Put simply, the threat landscape is increasingly dangerous while the staffing gap continues to grow.

According to Cybersecurity Ventures, global ransomware damage alone is forecast to exceed $20 billion USD in 2021– a staggering 57X growth since 2015. Worse, this figure is expected to grow at a 30% compound annual growth rate  over the next decade to $265 billion. And this is just one class of threat! Add the rapid cloud migration to the mix and security teams are under intense pressure.

Adding insult to injury, there has been a 350% increase in open cybersecurity positions over the past eight years, from 1 million open positions in 2013 to 3.5 million open positions in 2021. It’s never been more important to invest in cybersecurity work, but response teams are understaffed and overworked.

VECTRA recognized the power of AI to close this gap early and pioneered the use of AI to automate threat detection and response, applying this to the cloud, datacenter networks, identity, and key SaaS applications. Deploying the right security tools—including Vectra for detection and response—is a critical enabler and efficiency booster for security teams. But tools alone won’t solve the problem. It also takes the right people, with the time, expertise, and ability to monitor around the clock for threats and initiate response.

Our customers love the early threat visibility that VECTRA’s products provide. But they asked us to do more on the services side to allow them to fully take advantage of that signal 24x7 – especially urgent today given the propensity of ransomware gangs to operate in the dead of night.  They told us they needed someone that could do the initial investigation and help them make decisions and take action quickly around the clock. They asked for added expertise in VECTRA, detection response, cloud, and incident response.

In response to these challenges, VECTRA is thrilled to announce the latest updates to our Sidekick service: a managed detection and response solution for customers and partners that deploy VECTRA. It’s the service you need with the experience you’ve come to trust.

Benefits of the new and upgraded MDR service from VECTRA include:

  • Full 24x7x365 eyes-on-glass by experienced security analysts.
  • Cloud-scale analytics allow us to identify new trends across an industry to further tailor our investigations to your unique enterprise

The Sidekick MDR service is staffed by experienced cybersecurity professionals from VECTRA; providing 24*7 security coverage for threats, attacks, and risks surfaced by the VECTRA Cognito platform. They augment your existing security teams and improve and up-level your security operations center by providing:

  • Proactive notification of Priority 1 events to stop threats before they cause damage
  • Tailored investigations within the VECTRA Cognito platform based upon your industry and risk profile
  • Closed loop communication when there is presumed threat

Sidekick MDR is available globally TODAY!

For more information, see datasheet.