With every passing year, the scale of cyber threats is growing exponentially. New and sophisticated tactics have made organizations all across the world struggle with implementing ideal cybersecurity measures. Most organizations are today actively looking to elevate their threat detection and response capabilities and are even willing to invest more in such tools. Moreover, with the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing culture of remote work, there is more need of having advanced threat detection infrastructure in place. Therefore, this blog tends to discuss the 3 best detection and response tools that organizations can readily use to uplift their cybersecurity capabilities.

Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) – Brief Overview

As the name implies, Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) is an endpoint detection cybersecurity solution that gathers all endpoint activities and then uses advanced analytics to offer real-time data around endpoints health, detect malicious activity, inform the Infosec team, present suggestions for protection, and limit/stop the attack. Overall, it's a comprehensive, all-in-one solution to monitor and protect endpoints effectively.

Managed Detection and Response (MDR) – Brief Overview

Managed Detection and Response (MDR) is a 24x7 monitoring and detection capabilities of endpoint security "as a service". It is a cybersecurity service that joins human expertise and technology to execute threat monitoring, hunting, and response. With MDR, organizations speed up their detection and response capabilities without involving additional staffing.

Extended Detection and Response (XDR) – Brief Overview

Extended Detection and Response (XDR) is the next level of EDR that offers a more efficient approach to detecting, investigating, and responding to threats. It prioritizes and streamlines security data ingestion, analysis, and response across all the security stacks of an organization, thereby uplifting its threats detection and response capabilities.

EDR vs. MDR vs. XDR

EDR is the foundation of every cybersecurity strategy and also acts as a base for monitoring and detecting threats for endpoints. It depends on sensors and other software elements installed on endpoints to capture and later analyze the data. On the other hand, MDR is more like EDR as a service. It uses the expertise of an experienced security team to detect, analyze, and remove threats. However, for organizations that want protection more than endpoints, XDR comes into action. It extends and unifies the detection and response capabilities across all the organization's security stack, including endpoints, networks, etc.

Some of the key comparison elements between EDR, MDR, and XDR are listed below:






Detects and responds to threats on endpoints.

Provides EDR similar capabilities but act "as a service", which means 24/7 managed EDR services.

All-in-one comprehensive threat detection and response service for all organization's security elements.

Threat Detection



All security stack, including endpoints, networks, emails, cloud workloads, etc.

Protection Level

EDR is a basic and fundamental component of every cybersecurity infrastructure.

MDR elevates EDR with 24/7 monitoring via highly-skilled cybersecurity professionals.

XDR is the advanced and complete threat detection and response system that offers EDR capabilities coupled with top-notch tools and tactics to eliminate security gaps and offer complete protection.

Tools & Technologies

EDR software solution.

Endpoint protection platform (EPP).

Identity and access management (IAM), network analysis and visibility (NAV), cloud workload protection platform (CWPP), etc.


  1. Real-time endpoint monitoring
  2. Network containment
  3. Threat database and graphing
  4. Behavioral analysis

All EDR features and:

  1. Prioritized alerts and threats
  2. Guided response
  3. Managed remediation
  4. Human threat hunting

All EDR features and:

  1. Cross-domain correlation
  2. Autonomous threat hunting, investigation, and response
  3. Cloud-based detection and response
  4. Threat summaries

Which Solution You Should Pick?

Not every organization has the same cybersecurity need. Therefore, the solution they need also varies. EDR is ideal for your organization if you are at the beginning stage of setting up a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy, want to enhance endpoint security capabilities, and hold an Infosec team to react to alerts provided by the EDR system.

MDR is ideal for your organization if you are facing skill gaps or want to bring new skills without hiring new employees. Moreover, MDR also suits well when you don't have a proper detection and response program in place but still want to ensure protection from the latest threats.

Lastly, XDR is ideal for your organization if you want advanced and sophisticated all-in-one threat detection, analysis, and response system for your entire organization's security stack. It unifies and streamlines security analysis and response into a single consolidated console.

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