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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

  • 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.

Who is eligible for MDR

Local government entities are eligible to access MDR if they are considered one of the following: any Minnesota municipality, city, town, township, local public authority, critical infrastructure, school district, special district, intrastate district, county, Tribal Nation, port city, council of governments, regional or interstate government entity, or agency or instrumentality of a local government.

Next steps

All eligible entities are encouraged to apply for MDR by following these next steps:

  1. Fill out the Whole-of-State SLCGP Survey with your organization’s information. 
  2. Send an email to the Cyber Navigator team notifying them you completed the survey:
  3. Sign up to receive news and updates about the Whole-of-Security Plan and the SLCGP. 

After you complete steps 1 and 2, a 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. After documents are signed, MNIT will schedule a kick-off meeting and provide an entity-specific deployment timeline.

Cost for MDR

The MDR program is subsidized by either the Statewide Cybersecurity Monitoring Initiative (SSMI) or the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP). Costs are being determined for each of the four years of the program, 2024-2027. 

SLCGP funding 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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