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What Are the Differences Between Cysiv SOCaaS and a Traditional MSSP or MDR Service Provider?

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Getting your business’ threat detection and response right is critical, but there are multiple paths your business can take. SOC-as-a-Service (SOCaaS), managed security service providers (MSSPs) and Managed Detection and Response (MDR) vendors all offer solutions. While the desired outcomes from all three are similar — faster mean-time-to-detect and contain threats, shorter dwell times, and reduced risk of a damaging business disruption or breach — there are significant differences.

Cysiv-3-2What Is SOC-as-a-Service?

SOC-as-a-Service, also sometimes referred to as SOCaaS, is a pay-as-you-go, subscription-based model for managed threat detection and response. The service provides organizations with the tools, technology, and human expertise needed to detect, investigate and respond to ransomware, malware, data theft, spear phishing attacks, and more.

Cysiv SOCaaS vs Traditional MSSP or MDR Providers

Cysiv SOC-as-a-Service makes it possible for enterprises to take their security to a higher level, find a resolution for ongoing security issues, and achieve their goals in an affordable, scalable way. In comparison to MSSPs and MDRs, Cysiv’s forward-looking approach offers: 

Innovative, Cloud-Native SIEM with Automation 

Our cloud-native, next-gen security information and event management (SIEM) platform, Cysiv Command, leverages proprietary IP (data science) and automation to detect, investigate and respond to threats more rapidly and effectively than others. And in contrast to the simple monitoring dashboards of an MDR provider, Cysiv Command provides the key functionality of a SIEM, along with additional essential SOC technologies (SOAR, UEBA, TIP). It allows you to co-manage your security to the extent you’d like, alongside Cysiv experts. It also integrates directly with case management systems (e.g., RSA Archer and ServiceNow) for more efficient threat detection and response.

Cysiv Command is the foundation of our SOC-as-a-Service and, unlike traditional SIEMs, has been purpose-built by security professionals, to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the SOC team — including analysts, threat hunters and incident response experts — in their daily activities. Because Cysiv Command can be fully co-managed, clients can login remotely, perform queries, investigate threats, and actively participate in the monitoring and triage process.  

Vendor-Agnostic Telemetry 

Traditional MSSPs and many MDR service providers rely solely on endpoint security logs and notifications. Cysiv ingests and leverages data from a diverse range of sources to produce uniquely insightful and actionable telemetry for a broad range of security threats. These sources include endpoints, network devices, and servers/workloads, as well as peripheral inputs related to infrastructure, authentication, application, and monitoring from on-premise and cloud/SaaS sources. 

Cysiv SOCaaS is vendor- and data source-agnostic, ensuring more comprehensive and effective threat detection and response. We rely heavily on our data science and security experts to focus on the detection value of different data sources. This further ensures that the appropriate sources required to support a client's specific use cases are properly and fully leveraged.

Active Response

Unlike MDR providers, who are only able to recommend the appropriate response to a threat, Cysiv SOCaaS can provide active containment and response. In other words, we don't just recommend what actions need to be taken; we can actually implement a number of changes on your behalf. 

Flexible SLAs and Pricing

Cysiv provides predictable subscription-based, monthly billing, and does not lock customers into MSSP-style long-term fixed contracts. Cysiv gives you the choice of a shorter-term contract with maximum flexibility and longer-term contracts that maximize savings.

Why Choose Cysiv SOC-as-a-Service?

Cysiv SOC-as-a-Service, improves your organization’s security posture, reduces cyber risk and costs, and enhances business agility, offering significant benefits when compared to an MSSP or MDR. 

Cysiv SOC-as-a-Service

Want to learn more? Download our white paper on Better Detection and Faster Response of True Threats for a detailed description of Cysiv’s unique and advanced threat detection technology and process.