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Difenda MXDR for OT VS. The Other Guys


Feb 1, 2023

Difenda MXDR for OT (Managed Extended Detection and Response Operational Technology) is a cybersecurity solution that provides a unique approach to protecting industrial control systems (ICS), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, and programmable logic controllers (PLCs).  

But what makes us different? Why should you choose Difenda?  

Here are some ways in which Difenda MXDR for OT differs from other managed detection and response solutions: 

Focus on OT Systems

Difenda is a design partner for Microsoft Defender for IoT (previously known as Azure IoT Security). It helped to design and provide integrated and scalable security for IoT devices and connected systems with Microsoft.

The partnership allows Difenda to bring its expertise in cybersecurity and MXDR services to customers in the IoT space.

With this experience, Difenda MXDR for OT was designed specifically to protect industrial control systems. Resulting in a robust security solution designed to address the complex threat landscape for connected devices and systems.

This focus on OT systems sets Difenda MXDR for OT apart from other operational technology security solutions. 

Real-Time Threat Detection

Difenda MXDR for OT leverages advanced AI and machine learning to detect and respond to potential threats in real-time. This provides organizations with the ability to respond quickly, reducing the risk of damage to their critical systems and processes. 

Learn more about MXDR for Operational Technology service components in the service brief here.

Integration with Existing Security Tools

One of the key advantages of Difenda MXDR for OT is its ability to integrate with existing IT security systems. This provides organizations with a unified view of their security posture. In turn, enabling them to better understand their IT and OT systems and respond to security threats more effectively. 

Difenda MXDR for OT integrates with existing security tools, including intrusion detection systems, and anti-virus solutions, to provide a comprehensive view of the organization’s security posture.

See how this company was able to successfully integrate its IT and OT security solutions with Difenda in our latest customer win!

Expert Support

With increasing numbers of attacks on industrial control systems and other OT assets, it is critical to have a team of experts who understand the unique security requirements of these environments.

Difenda’s MXDR for OT expert security operations team is comprised of experienced cybersecurity professionals. Difenda’s team is made up of threat intelligence experts who are knowledgeable about the latest threats, vulnerabilities, and attack methods that are targeted at OT systems. They work closely with organizations to assess the security of their OT environments, identify potential risks and weaknesses, and develop customized remediation plans to address any security gaps.

Discover how a detailed OT assessment can help identify and solve gaps in your network with the sample OT Environment Assessment Report.

In addition to proactive threat detection and response services, Difenda’s MXDR for OT expert support team provides ongoing monitoring and management of OT security. They use cutting-edge tools and technologies to detect and respond to attacks and provide timely and actionable intelligence to help organizations defend against threats.

With Difenda’s MXDR for OT expert support, organizations can focus on their business objectives, knowing that they are being protected. This peace of mind is invaluable for organizations looking to secure their OT environments and mitigate the risk.


Difenda MXDR for OT is designed to be scalable and flexible, enabling organizations to add or remove protection as needed. As companies continue to grow and evolve, their cybersecurity requirements also change. Difenda understands this and has designed its solutions to adapt to these changes. This ensures that businesses are always protected, no matter how their operations change over time.

Businesses can add security features as needed, without sacrificing performance. This allows businesses to keep up with the evolving threats and regulations, while also ensuring that their systems are secure. Additionally, Difenda provides ongoing updates and maintenance, ensuring that the security solutions are always up-to-date and functioning at their best.

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How Does Difenda MXDR for OT Work?

Difenda MXDR for OT collects data from a variety of sources, including network traffic, logs, and security events. This data is used to build a complete picture of the organization’s security posture. It works by combining advanced technology and human expertise to detect and respond to threats that traditional security solutions may miss.

The solution starts with continuous monitoring of all systems in the OT environment, with Microsoft Defender for IoT.  This provides real-time visibility into the operational environment, and alerts are generated whenever a potential threat is detected.

With the Difenda Shield, you get real-time alerts and notifications in the event of a potential security threat. This enables organizations to respond quickly to security incidents, reducing the risk of damage to their critical systems and processes.

Once a threat is detected, the Difenda MXDR for OT team is immediately notified and begins the response process. They use a combination of AI, machine learning, and human expertise to analyze and determine the best course of action.

The Difenda MXDR for OT team then takes action to contain, isolate, and remediate the threat. This may involve quarantining affected systems or devices, updating software or firmware, or implementing other measures to prevent the spread of the threat. In addition, the team will provide detailed reporting on the incident. This includes what happened, how it was resolved, and what can be done to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Finally, the Difenda team will continue to monitor the environment to ensure that the threat has been fully resolved. This also provides an opportunity to continuously improve the security posture of the environment with data analytics and threat intelligence.

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