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Whole-of-State Managed Detection and Response

Managed Detection and Response (MDR) is an enterprise-grade tool that the Whole-of-State Cybersecurity Plan will subsidize for eligible entities. MDR looks for the types of attacks that could lead to data breaches, ransomware, or other major events and blocks those attacks.

About MDR

The Minnesota MDR solution provides a comprehensive suite of detection and response products and services with vendor monitoring and support. This means that the heavy lifting of watching, detecting, and responding to advanced cyber threats is handled by our shared partner. 

Key benefits of MDR

  • The vendor team manages and actively monitors the platform, investigates detections and incidents, and remotely remediates malicious activity 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Their work is guided by defined security posture playbooks.
  • Easy and quick to onboard and deploy the solution.
  • Access to escalate MDR questions and incident assistance to MNIT’s Security Operations Center (SOC) team.

Get access to MDR

Eligible entities in Minnesota will be able to get access to MDR, using funding from the Statewide Cybersecurity Monitoring Initiative (SSMI) or the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP). 

  • Eligible SLCGP entities: Any Minnesota municipality, city, town, township, local public authority, critical infrastructure, school district, special district, intrastate district, council of governments, regional or interstate government entity, or agency or instrumentality of a local government.
  • Eligible SSMI entities: Any Minnesota county, Tribal Nation, or port city.

Eligible entities might want to consider applying for MDR through the SSMI program at a similar cost to your organization detailed below. 

Using SLCGP funding

The grant covers a four-year period, and entities are encouraged to apply early to see the most benefit. Find your next step for using SLCGP funding to get access to Managed Detection and Response:

  1. Fill out the SLCGP Survey with your organization’s information. 
  2. Watch for more information to be shared soon about next steps and the rollout of MDR.
  3. Sign up to receive news and updates about the Whole-of-Security Plan and the SLCGP. 

Next steps

After you apply for MDR through SSMI or SLCGP, a MNIT cyber navigator will contact you to schedule a meeting. In that meeting, they will provide an overview, review roles and responsibilities, answer questions, and share the required program documentation for your organization to sign. Once documents are signed, MNIT will schedule a kick-off meeting and provide an entity-specific deployment timeline.


The MDR program is grant-subsidized through SLCGP. Costs are being determined for each of the four years of the program, 2024-2027.

Eligible entities are required to participate for the full four years. SLCGP is expected to end in 2027. Following that, entities can continue to use the Minnesota MDR program and pay the full price for the vendor's solution or disenroll from the program.


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