Microsoft is expanding its managed security solutions

Microsoft is moving towards managed security solutions to help IT departments and IT security professionals deal with the growing number of cyberattacks.

Called Microsoft Security Experts, the program joins a growing number of IT companies ranging from giants like IBM and HP, telecommunications companies like Bell Canada and Verizon, and managed detection and response companies like Arctic Wolf and eSentire, offering managed security solutions.

One difference is that some Microsoft programs will offer online access to an expert for one-click consultation.

“Our experts will augment a customer’s existing security team, or alongside our partners, to fully manage security for them,” Vasu Jakkal, vice president of security, compliance, compliance, and security operations, said Monday. Microsoft Identity and Management.

“Our vision is to deliver this new category of services in security, compliance, identity, management and privacy.”

The program also includes something for Microsoft’s Managed XDR (Extended Detection and Response) channel partners: a new Managed XDR Partner Designation and Support Program.

No prices for the new service offerings have been announced. More details will be available Wednesday at the annual Microsoft Security Summit.

The solutions will start with

Microsoft security services for business. A personalized service for large companies, it is available now.

It combines proactive threat hunting and managed XDR with dedicated Microsoft security experts to manage the onboarding, day-to-day interaction, incident response, and modernization of a customer’s infrastructure. It covers all cloud environments and operating systems;

Microsoft Defender for Hunting Experts, which will be generally available later this summer. Hunting Experts is an evolution of the Microsoft Threat Experts managed hunting service launched two years ago

It is aimed at customers who already have a robust security operations center and want Microsoft to help them proactively seek out threats.

It will go beyond traditional endpoint hunting to include Office 365, cloud apps and identity, Microsoft said – and it protects Linux, macOS, iOS and Android platforms as well as Windows.

Through a security portal, IT departments will receive targeted attack notifications. If needed, they can also access on-demand experts to discuss a specific incident, nation-state actor, or attack vector;

Microsoft Defender for XDR Expertswhich will have a private preview in the fall.

Managed detection and response service, it covers the full functionality of Microsoft 365 Defender XDR on Office 365, identities, data and cloud applications.

The company’s existing incident response service, now called Microsoft Security Experts for Incident Response, and security consulting services, now called Microsoft Security Services for Modernization, are integrated into the Microsoft Security Experts umbrella.

As for channel partners, many of whom are members of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA), Microsoft said it will make an additional financial investment of several million dollars this year in its community of managed XDR partners for help do business.

The goal is to feature verified partners and their managed XDR solutions on Microsoft marketing websites and in direct sales conversations with customers.

This will be done in three ways:

  • a new Managed XDR Partner designation within MISA, which Microsoft will “unlock an expanded set of co-marketing benefits to ensure partner offerings are at the center of every customer conversation;”
  • a new co-selling benefit for Managed XDR Partners. “This global investment represents millions of dollars that can help you grow your business around Microsoft’s advanced security products,” the company said;
  • new APIs to ensure partners have access to Microsoft threat intelligence.

More information on new partner investments will be available at the annual Microsoft Inspire Global Partner Conference in July.

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