As the cybersecurity landscape continues to evolve, security leaders face the growing challenge of combating increasingly sophisticated security threats. In Q1 alone, our in-house threat research team identified 909 successful ransomware attacks. Compliance guidelines and regulations keep changing too, requiring more consistent GRC activities like penetration testing, vulnerability scanning, and more.

This reality has led to an increase in the number of vendors a security team relies on, with the average mid-market company now leveraging 40+ vendors. Teams are also trying to try and keep up with emerging threats and compliance requirements despite having economic and budget constraints. In fact, according to ESG, 50% of organizations are expected to have flat or reduced security spending in 2023. The result is overworked security teams struggling to do more with less.

So, how can organizations take on evolving and complicated security attacks with limited resources and budgets?

Offense Fuels Defense: Stay Ahead of Evolving Threats

Overworked security teams are increasingly turning to Managed Detection and Response (MDR) vendors to ease the burden on their analysts by removing the constant monitoring, tuning, and response work. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2025, 60% of organizations will be actively using remote threat disruption and containment capabilities delivered directly by MDR providers, up from 30% today.

But traditional MDR tools and processes only go so far. They provide base-level protection, usually with a standard set of detection rules, that quickly become outdated compared to the fluid nature of modern attacks. To ensure optimal protection, security teams must take the time to tune the rulesets specifically to their environment, leveraging insights gained from recent attacks. Failure to do so can result in MDR being less effective than it can be, leaving organizations vulnerable to emerging threats.

The most effective approach is to let the offensive work you’re doing improve the defensive detections. By supplementing your SIEM or EDR tool with advanced insights gained from offensive work like security configuration assessments, threat hunting, and DFIR, organizations can enhance their MDR service and more effectively detect advanced threats. Offensive work can provide a deeper understanding of the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used by attackers and enable security teams to fine-tune their defenses accordingly. By doing so, organizations can strengthen their overall security posture and better protect themselves against emerging threats.

Remove Complexity and Resource Blockers

It’s true that security teams are often stretched thin and may not have the bandwidth to prioritize proactive measures to consistently improve their defensive posture. In fact, with limited budgets and resources, it can be difficult to figure out how to prioritize offensive work like annual pen tests alongside other critical security activities. This is where a consolidated approach to security can be particularly beneficial.

By partnering with a trusted provider that can take on the heavy lifting for you of proactive work and informing the defensive MDR work, you can have an integrated security experience where the key insights are continually improving your security response strategy.

By taking a hacking mindset, you can identify evolving threats before they become a company-wide issue and use the relevant TTPs and IOCs and funnel them into your MDR ruleset to strengthen your detections going forward. A partner who can take all of that off your plate can be a powerful tool in your arsenal – and not to mention a smart way to consolidate tools and budget for a unified experience.

How CyberMaxx Helps

Partnering with CyberMaxx not only streamlines offensive and defensive security efforts but also provides a unified customer experience for a stronger security posture. CyberMaxx’s revamped MDR solution, MaxxMDR, offers a range of customizable bundles that incorporate offensive security services and work with customers’ existing tools. With a 24/7/365 SOC team, CyberMaxx’s MDR solution can monitor customers’ environments and provide tailored detections and insights gained from offensive security work. By partnering with CyberMaxx, customers can better defend against evolving threats, free up overworked security teams, and consolidate tools and budgets for a more efficient security strategy.

This unified customer experience creates a stronger security posture, gives us more insight to better detect threats to your organization, and ultimately frees up your overworked security teams all at the same time. We think like an adversary but defend like a guardian.