Collaboration with Redmond’s Defender promises to reduce alerts, speed response
CriticalStart, maker of a zero trust SOAR platform for MSSPs, today announced a deal with Microsoft that will bring the vendor’s managed detection and response (MDR) services to Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP).
The Lowdown: Integrating the MDR services with ATP promises to reduce security alerts by as much as 99%, company officials claim. That should help organizations combat complex, rapidly evolving security threats from both human and machine-generated sources.
The Details: The deal also brings some of Critical Start’s other benefits to ATP users, including integration with the CriticalStart mobile SOC app, which lets Android or iOS device users isolate machines, initiate endpoint scans, and triage alerts from any location.
The Buzz: “Microsoft invests approximately one billion dollars in cybersecurity every year and is highly committed to developing advanced security technologies that utilize leading security tools for its existing and future offerings,” said Rob Davis, CEO of CriticalStart. “We share a common goal to positively impact the cybersecurity market with better tools, technology, and expertise, and by collaborating with an innovative industry leader such as Microsoft, we can improve the security posture for millions of organizations.”
“The rapidly changing threat landscape poses a number of challenges for all of us. That’s why Microsoft’s approach to cybersecurity supports a broad set of collaborations for a heterogeneous world – across our technology, with others in the industry,” said Ann Johnson, corporate vice president of the cybersecurity solutions unit at Microsoft. “Partnering with top-level security companies such as CriticalStart not only helps our customers prevent and protect critical networks from attacks [but] also combines MDR services with a 24×7 cybersecurity operations center with a strong security toolset and highly experienced cybersecurity professionals.”