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Alert Logic, Arctic Wolf, CrowdStrike Named Among MDR Leaders

The market for comprehensive MDR solutions continues to see double digit growth.

Edward Gately

August 26, 2021

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Alert Logic, Arctic Wolf, eSentire, FireEye and Rapid7 are among companies listed as leaders in the IDC MarketScape U.S. managed detection and response (MDR) services vendor assessment.

Also listed as leaders are CrowdStrike, Expel and Secureworks. In addition, IDC listed AT&T, Deepwatch, GoSecure, Netsurion, Red Canary, Sophos and Verizon among “major players.”

Craig Robinson is IDC’s program director for security services.

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IDC’s Craig Robinson

“The market for comprehensive MDR solutions continues to see double-digit growth,” he said. “The industry has expanded MDR beyond traditional detection and response, incorporating next-generation machine learning/artificial intelligence (ML/AI) capabilities, threat hunting teams and customized threat intelligence to combat modern-day cyber threats. The companies named to the leaders category in this space are the vendors who seamlessly marry these capabilities into one streamlined managed service.”

In this MDR study, IDC explored how MDR providers are evolving their businesses, technologies and offerings to detect and respond to modern cyberattacks. IDC asked MDR providers to demonstrate advanced capabilities that provide detection and deliver rapid, effective response actions.

MarketScape Criteria

Using the IDC MarketScape model, IDC studied 15 vendors that provide MDR in the United States. It surveyed providers’ customers that use their services.

The vendors included in the study had to meet certain criteria to qualify:

  • Geographic presence. Each vendor needed a minimum of 70% of its MDR revenue within the United States.

  • Customer base. In 2020, vendors had to have a presence within the midsize to enterprise segment, with 100-plus customers.

  • MDR capability. The MDR service providers must have a well-trained cybersecurity staff in a 24x7x365 remote security operations center (SOC).

Scroll through our slideshow above for more on the 15 vendors (listed alphabetically) in the IDC study — including what makes them successful and where they fall a little short.

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About the Author(s)

Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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