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Sophos Launches MDR for Microsoft Defender


Sophos launches Sophos Managed Detection and Response (MDR) for Microsoft Defender, a fully-managed offering that provides the industry’s most robust threat response capabilities for organizations using Microsoft Security. Sophos MDR for Microsoft Defender adds a critical layer of 24/7 protection across the Microsoft Security suite of endpoint, SIEM, identity, cloud, and other solutions to safeguard against data breaches, ransomware and other active adversary cyberattacks

“Baseline security technology alone is not enough to defeat determined attackers who will find a way in, as evidenced by the cases our incident response manages. Attackers are extremely persistent, and organizations need a human layer of security to conduct threat hunts, identify attacker behaviors attempting to evade security tools, and respond to stop attacks with speed and precision,” said Raja Patel, senior vice president of products and managed services at Sophos. “Rather than forcing them to rip and replace existing technologies, we support organizations with what they need, how and where they need it – regardless of what security solutions they already use. For channel partners delivering Microsoft Security offerings, there’s tremendous opportunity to ensure customers are fully protected and maximizing value from their existing deployments.” 

Sophos MDR for Microsoft Defender integrates telemetry from a broad range of Microsoft Security tools. Unlike other MDR offerings that limit support to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint or Microsoft Sentinel and provide minimal threat response capabilities, Sophos MDR fortifies the broader Microsoft Security suite, including:  

  • Microsoft Defender for Endpoint 
  • Microsoft Defender for Identity 
  • Microsoft Defender for Cloud 
  • Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps  
  • Identity Protection (Azure Active Directory) 
  • Office 365 Security and Compliance Center 
  • Microsoft Sentinel 
  • Office 365 Management Activity  

“Sixty-five percent of organizations have had a significant ransomware event in the last 12 months despite significant investments in cybersecurity tools, according to IDC research. It is often not a tool but a people problem. Most IT and security teams are generally overworked, understaffed and under resourced. They cannot triage and address the daily deluge of alerts and issues to get the desired protections promised from their current tool investments,” said Frank Dickson, group vice president for IDC’s Security and Trust research practice. “For organizations leveraging the Microsoft security stack, Sophos MDR assists those to realize the outcomes hoped for from their existing cybersecurity investments.” 

“Our guiding principle is to deliver the best security outcomes possible for our customers. Advancements in technologies like extended detection and response (XDR) and generative AI are driving efficiencies in security operations, but the human element remains a critical component to stopping advanced threats,” said Kieron Newsham, chief technologist – cyber security at Softcat. “We’re really pleased with how Sophos MDR is helping our customers overcome the increasing talent shortage and widening skills gap to deliver the best cybersecurity outcomes possible, independent of the customer’s size, structure or previous technology investments.” 

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