Top 40 Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Security Companies List

The line between MDR (managed detection and response) and traditional MSSPs has greatly blurred. Hundreds of MSSPs now offer MDR services — but Gartner says customers should be careful about pretenders in the market that have incomplete offerings.

To help clarify the situation, Gartner’s 2020 Market Guide for Managed Detection and Response Services points to 40 companies that offer credible MDR capabilities — up from about 20 companies in 2018.

Here’s the Gartner list (sorted alphabetically) along with MSSP Alert’s background on each company. But first, some important items to note:

  • Gartner concedes, “this is not intended to be a list of all the providers in the MDR services market. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a competitive analysis of the providers.”
  • What About SMB?: Gartner tends to focus on midmarket and enterprise MDR companies, MSSP Alert believes, and overlooks fast-growing, channel/MSP-friendly MDR providers such as Huntress and Netsurion.
  • Related: Many of the MDR companies listed below also appeared on our Top 250 MSSP 2020 Company List and Research when the latest annual edition debuted in September 2020.

Top 40 MDR (Managed Detection and Response) Security Companies to Know

1. Aiuken Cybersecurity (Madrid, Spain)
The company develops SOC Multi-Cloud and partners mainly with technology vendors. Other than seeing Aiuken on the Gartner MDR list, the company has not been on MSSP Alert’s radar.

2. Alert Logic (Houston, Texas, U.S.)
In a surprise move, Alert Logic in January 2021 promoted CFO John Post to CEO, and hired multiple executives who previously held key roles at Carbonite and Webroot. The executive changes and updates come as Alert Logic strives to position itself as the top provider of SaaS-based MDR and SOAR (security orchestration and response) services. Private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe has owned Alert Logic since August 2013.

3. Arctic Wolf (Eden Prairie, Minnesota, U.S.)
In initial public offering (IPO) could be on Arctic Wolf’s radar. The company in October 2020 raised $200 million in Series E funding led by hedge fund Viking Global Investors. The funding moved Arctic Wolf’s valuation to $1.3 billion and made the company the only MDR vendor with a valuation of more than $1 billion, Arctic Wolf asserts. By November 2020, the company named Bob Skelley as its SVP of global channels.

4. Armor (Richardson, Texas, U.S.)
Armor was founded in 2009 as FireHost. The company in 2017 2018 added its Anywhere managed security service to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace. Anywhere supports Amazon GuardDuty, AWS CloudTrail and Amazon CloudWatch, Armor said at the time.

5. Binary Defense (Stow, Ohio, U.S.)
The MSSP and MDR provider hired Jack Jackson as its VP of worldwide channels in December 2019. Earlier, Ingram Micro partnered with Binary Defense in 2018 to promote endpoint protection and threat intelligence solutions.

6. Blackpoint Cyber (Ellicott City, Maryland, U.S.)
Blackpoint Cyber raised a Series B funding round in August 2020. A month earlier, the company launched its MDR 4.0 platform — which  detects cyber threats according to the MITRE ATT&CK framework. Blackpoint Cyber previously raised $6 million in funding in May 2018.

7. BlueVoyant (New York, New York, U.S.)
BlueVoyant, formerly named BlueteamGlobal, launched in 2017. The MSSP has raised more than $200 million as of 2019. Key financial backers include Fiserv, the financial services technology provider. In addition to organic growth, BlueVoyant acquired Managed Sentinel — a Microsoft Azure Sentinel cloud SIEM partner — in October 2020. And by 2021, BlueVoyant hired IBM Security veteran Gyorgy Robert Racz to drive European expansion.

8. Booz Allen Hamilton (McLean, Virginia, U.S.)
Booz Allen Hamilton primed is well-positioned to assist the Biden administration with the United States’ renewed cybersecurity efforts, CEO Horacio Rozanski indicated in early 2021. Key moves include a strategic investment in cybersecurity company Tracepoint (2021); hiring former Visa & Microsoft cybersecurity leader Andrew Turner as EVP of global commercial business (2020); introducing SnapAttack —a cloud-based software solution that brings together actionable threat intelligence and hacker detection (2020) and acquiring Morphick to converge the MSSP and MDR markets (2017).

9. Critical Insight (CI) Security (Seattle, Washington, U.S.)
CI Security raised $16 million in Series B funding in 2019 to pursue growth in the healthcare market. The company in 2020 integrated Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) capabilities into its Critical Insight endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution. The integration enables CI Security to monitor security events and alerts from Microsoft Defender ATP, the company said.

10. Cisco Systems (San Jose, California, U.S.)
Cisco in 2020 introduced Managed Security and MDR Servicesfor partners to resell. Cisco MDR services combine the company’s global security operations center (SOC) teams with Talos threat intelligence and the Cisco Secure Cloud architecture.

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24 Comments

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    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi David: You can email news info to me here: Joe@AfterNines.com.

    Best,
    -jp

    Joe Panettieri
    Content Czar, MSSP Alert
    EVP, After Nines Inc.

    Janssleen:

    Managed Detection and Response services are must needed for all the enterprises and organizations to protect their data on the internet. By using the best cyber security services, the information on the network will be protected.
    Comodo Cybersecurity would like to keep in touch with you about cybersecurity issues, as well as products and services available. Website: https://mdr.comodo.com/

    Joe Panettieri:

    Janssleen:

    Thanks for the note. Comodo can reach me directly with news updates, feedback, etc., via email:

    Joe@AfterNines.com

    Thanks so much.
    -jp

    Joe Panettieri
    Content Czar, MSSP Alert
    EVP, After Nines Inc.

    Feliciano Rivera:

    Hi Joe,

    Appreciate the list.

    Feliciano Rivera
    Bitdefender License and Technology Group

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi Feliciano: Thanks for your note and readership. A few folks have asked if/when we plan to update the list. Stay tuned for a 2020 update.

    Best,
    -jp

    Jack Poltorak:

    We are currently using Sentinel One for our EDR. Can this be added to the list for review? We have seen this on the Gardner Magic Quadrant and was a major player.

    Christian Rykov:

    Nice list 🙂 Could you please correct the list of european MDR providers – the name is CSIS and not CICS? Thank you 🙂

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi Jack: Thanks for the note. SentinelOne is more of a software provider, though we certainly respect the company and know they have momentum with MSSPs, and OEM deals with the likes of SolarWinds MSP. Still, we’ll be sure to watch for Gartner updates as we prepare to potentially revise this list in 2020.
    -jp

    Joe Panettieri:

    Christian: Sorry about my error. I’ve made the correction. Thanks for the note.
    -jp

    Jake Milstein:

    Love the lists and the work you do. Just sent you an email.
    -Jake

    Joe Panettieri:

    Jake: Thanks for your readership and that email. I appreciate the update on CI Security. Please keep the updates coming.
    -jp

    Joe:

    Many of my clients use Critical Start as the MDR, and they allow customers to use a variety of EDR solutions including MDATP

    Joe:

    Critical Start as the MDR

    David:

    Can you add Countercept MDR from F-Secure to your list for review?

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi David: We’ll keep Countercept MDR in mind as we continue to cover the market.
    -jp

    Varun Kohli:

    Joe, great list. There have been a few up and coming players, such as LogicHub, missing in this list. Would be great to include them in the next assessment to compare with others.

    Stealthlabs:

    Joe, an excellent list of MDR service providers!

    Like any outsourced service, managed detection and response service providers allow you to gain a team of experts at a price you can afford. For companies who don’t have the time or resources, this is especially useful. Data and privacy regulations should be respected. Be sure that you choose a provider that is able to meet the compliance requirements you need to observe.

    Sheila Berndt:

    Hi Joe,
    Did the November 2020 update get completed? I’m curious for your thoughts on Blackpoint Security?
    Thanks!
    Sheila

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hey Folks,

    The blog above was originally published in November 2019 with a look at 20 MDR companies that Gartner was tracking. We updated the list in February 2021, based on Gartner’s 2020 MDR market guide plus our market coverage. At that point, the list grew to 40 companies.
    -jp

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi Sheila: Thanks for your note and readership. All of MSSP Alert’s coverage of Blackpoint Cyber is here.

    Best,
    -jp

    Janki Rathod:

    Hi Joe,

    Is there any possibility to include “Sattrix Information Security” company name in your list of Feb 2021? As we recently applied on Gartner Insights.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi Janki: Thanks for your question. We have no near-term plans to make additions to the February 2021 list published above. But we do cover MDR news, research and trends on a nearly daily basis. Please be sure to send us Sattrix business updates & news announcements.

    Separately, we will likely publish a new or revised list after the Gartner 2021 MDR market guide surfaces, though we’ll need some time to compare the report findings to our own editorial coverage.

    Best,
    -jp

    Sunil Prabhu:

    Hey Joe,

    Hope you are keeping well.

    Have you looked up Talion – British MSSP which was the CyberSecurity Division within BAE ( third largest defence company in the world).

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi Sunil,

    Thanks for your note and readership. I haven’t heard much out of Talion but I look forward to updates. You and the company can email me news, business developments, etc., here: Joe@AfterNines.com.

    Best,
    -jp

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