Unit 42 MDR Recognized as a Leader in MDR

Mar 07, 2024
5 minutes

Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 MDR Recognized as a Leader in the Frost Radar: Global Managed Detection and Response Market, 2024


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Frost Radar™: Global Managed Detection and Response Market 2024 – source Frost & Sullivan

We are pleased to announce that Unit 42 MDR has been named as a leader in the Frost Radar™: Global MDR Market evaluation.

Context on the Frost Radar

The Frost Radar™: Global Managed Detection and Response Market is an evaluation of the top MDR vendors across multiple growth and innovation criteria.

They must meet the Frost Radar’s criteria:

  • The Innovation Index is detailed by Frost & Sullivan as a “measure of a company’s ability to develop products/services/solutions that are developed with a clear understanding of disruptive Megatrends, are globally applicable, are able to evolve and expand to serve multiple markets and are aligned to customers’ changing needs.”
  • The Growth Index is described by Frost & Sullivan as a “measure of a company’s growth performance and track record, along with its ability to develop and execute a fully aligned growth strategy and vision; a robust growth pipeline system; and effective market, competitor and end-user-focused sales and marketing strategies.”

According to Frost & Sullivan,

Palo Alto Networks has leveraged the success of its network and cloud security, EDR, and XDR tools to carve out its place as an MDR provider.


Frost & Sullivan recognized how Unit 42 MDR is natively integrated into Cortex XDR and provides extended visibility across more than just the endpoint data. The report notes:

"Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 MDR service delivers 24/7 security coverage, detection and full response and remediation services through its Cortex XDR platform. The platform provides correlation capabilities to reduce the number of false positives, as well as extended visibility across the endpoint, network, cloud and third-party data."

Frost & Sullivan outlined the benefits of the knowledge transfer we provide to MDR customers and our commitment to strengthening cyber resilience via regular security posture optimization. Frost & Sullivan analyst, and author of the Frost MDR Radar report, Lucas Ferreyra said, “Unit 42 works closely with the customer’s own cybersecurity or IT team to upskill and empower them, transferring knowledge and helping develop their security maturity.”

How the Unit 42 MDR Service Is Differentiated

Unit 42 MDR enables customers to confidently detect and respond to cyber threats 24/7/365 by extending their team with Unit 42 experts. For example, Boyne Resorts, a US company with over 11,000 employees and 14 properties, has partnered with Unit 42 MDR to strengthen its security posture and reduce risk with continuous coverage, proactive threat hunting and reporting. Boyne Resorts states:

“The MDR team handles our investigations, forwarding any alerts, and shares a detailed report that helps us make quicker, more accurate decisions on those incidents. This saves our team a huge amount of time.”

Unit 42 MDR is uniquely positioned to help customers gain better visibility and stay ahead of threats:

  • Unit 42 is a well-recognized leader in threat intelligence with hundreds of researchers and experts in reverse engineering, malware analysis, incident response and threat analysis. Our MDR analysts leverage an industry-leading repository of threat intelligence and Cortex XDR analytics to identify and stop advanced emerging attacks quickly.
  • Unit 42 MDR is built on Palo Alto Networks Cortex technology, which was recently named a Leader in the 2023 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP). Cortex XDR is the only endpoint security solution to deliver 100% prevention and detection in the 2023 MITRE ATT&CK Enterprise Evaluations. With this foundation of the leading threat detection and response platform, our analysts get comprehensive visibility, critical context and insights from Cortex XDR to detect, investigate and block sophisticated and highly evasive threats quickly. This, combined with Unit 42’s leading threat intelligence and incident response expertise, allows us to accelerate MTTR for our customers.
  • Unit 42 MDR is natively integrated into Cortex XDR and XSIAM, ensuring customers can see everything in a single platform. The Frost & Sullivan report notes, “Unit 42 MDR has a single UI for both MDR and XDR and always provides direct and open communication with Palo Alto Networks analysts.” We perform all actions directly on your Cortex XDR, so you have end-to-end visibility and can contact Unit 42 MDR analysts directly, 24/7 via the Cortex platform.
  • Proactive threat hunting is included within our MDR service for all customers. Frost noted: “Palo Alto Networks includes managed threat hunting (MTH) as an integral component of its Unit 42 MDR service, a competitive differentiator over many players in the market that offer it as an add-on to be purchased separately.”

We are grateful for this recognition as we continue building a leading MDR service to help customers achieve 24/7/365 world-class security outcomes.

To read the Frost Radar™: Global Managed Detection and Response Market, 2024 report, download your complimentary copy. To get started with our Unit 42 MDR service, contact us.


Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, Evgeny Mirolyubov, Max Taggett, Franz Hinner, Nikul Patel, 31 December 2023

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