Sophos Unveils Managed Detection and Response (MDR) for Microsoft Defender, Elevating Cybersecurity Protection

Sophos introduces Managed Detection and Response (MDR) for Microsoft Defender, a fully-managed solution that enhances cybersecurity protection for organizations utilizing Microsoft Security. By integrating telemetry from various Microsoft Security tools, Sophos MDR provides comprehensive threat response capabilities, empowering organizations to combat data breaches, ransomware, and active adversary cyberattacks.

Sophos, a leading global provider of cybersecurity as a service, announces the launch of Sophos Managed Detection and Response (MDR) for Microsoft Defender. This fully-managed offering provides organizations using Microsoft Security with robust threat response capabilities, safeguarding against data breaches, ransomware, and other cyberattacks.

Sophos MDR for Microsoft Defender adds an essential layer of 24/7 protection across the Microsoft Security suite, including endpoint, SIEM, identity, and cloud solutions. By integrating telemetry from various Microsoft Security tools, Sophos MDR fortifies the broader suite, providing comprehensive threat response capabilities. The consolidation, correlation, and prioritization of telemetry, alongside insights from the Sophos Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem and the Sophos X-Ops threat intelligence unit, enables the MDR operations team to identify and stop more threats than Microsoft Security tools alone.

Raja Patel, Senior Vice President of Products and Managed Services at Sophos, emphasizes the need for a human layer of security to combat determined attackers and respond swiftly and effectively. He states, “Rather than forcing organizations to replace existing technologies, we support them with what they need, how and where they need it. For channel partners delivering Microsoft Security offerings, there’s a tremendous opportunity to ensure customers are fully protected and maximizing value from their existing deployments.”

Sophos MDR for Microsoft Defender integrates with a wide range of Microsoft Security tools, including Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Defender for Identity, Microsoft Defender for Cloud, Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps, and more. The consolidated telemetry is complemented by insights from Sophos’ cybersecurity ecosystem and threat intelligence unit, empowering the MDR operations team to provide comprehensive protection.

Frank Dickson, Group Vice President for IDC’s Security and Trust research practice, highlights the challenge faced by IT and security teams in handling the daily influx of alerts and issues. He states, “Sophos MDR assists organizations leveraging the Microsoft security stack to realize the outcomes hoped for from their existing cybersecurity investments.”

Kieron Newsham, Chief Technologist – Cybersecurity at Softcat, commends Sophos MDR for bridging the talent shortage and skills gap in delivering optimal cybersecurity outcomes for customers, regardless of their size or previous technology investments.

Sophos MDR is widely recognized and trusted, with over 17,000 customers across industries. It is the top-rated and most reviewed MDR solution on Gartner Peer Insights and G2. With the ability to integrate telemetry from various vendors, organizations can customize their MDR offering and leverage their existing third-party security deployments through the Sophos Marketplace.

Sophos MDR for Microsoft Defender is now available to all Sophos MDR Essentials customers using security technologies included in Microsoft 365 E3 and E5 licenses. The customizable offering, featuring different threat response options, can be accessed through Sophos’ global channel of reseller partners and Managed Service Providers (MSPs).

Author: Terry KS

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