Open systems, a next-generation managed detection and response (MDR) service provider and 2022 Microsoft Security MSSP Partner of the Year, today announced the launch of MDR+ IoT, which extends the 24/7 security monitoring of its award-winning MDR+, a next-generation managed detection and response (MDR) service to protect connected devices used in Internet of Things (IoT) and Operational Technology (OT) applications. By adding IoT and OT telemetry to MDR+, customers benefit from 24/7 detection and response that correlates alerts across their IoT, OT, and IT environments for maximum visibility and protection as part of a holistic security program.

Enterprise adoption of IoT and OT devices has grown at a breakneck pace as companies look to improve their business, manufacturing and supply chains, but the security of these devices lags far behind their IT counterparts. These devices, typically monitored by dedicated security systems or not monitored at all, can suffer from vulnerabilities that frustrate security teams and allow attackers to breach a company’s defenses. MDR+ IoT solves this problem by using Microsoft Defender for IoT to capture telemetry from IoT and OT client devices so they can be monitored against IT resources in the context of the wider environment. By correlating signals from Defender for IoT with signals from the IT environment, MDR+ IoT can better identify true positives and removes the need for security teams to manage the thousands of alerts often generated by IoT and OT environments.

By securing OT and IoT devices alongside the IT infrastructure, MDR+ IoT protects IoT and OT devices throughout the security lifecycle—assessment, prevention, detection and response. This allows customers to take full advantage of their Microsoft security investment by providing customized 24/7 monitoring while reducing attack surfaces and MTTR.

“MDR+ IoT addresses the emerging threats we see across industries. “Mitigating security risks around IoT and OT is increasingly important, especially for organizations with mission-critical manufacturing and medical technologies,” said Tom Korn, director of products for the Open Systems Division. “Combining the power of Open Systems MDR+, our next-generation MDR service, with Defender for IoT allows us to minimize the threat surface across our customers’ entire infrastructure using the same best practices, rigor and workflow that helped Open Systems win Microsoft MSSP of the Year on security for 2022”.

“The risk posed by unsecured IoT and OT assets continues to grow,” said Andrew Conway, Microsoft’s vice president of security marketing. “This integration of Microsoft Defender for IoT with the Open Systems MDR+ service provides our joint customers with a compelling solution for detecting and monitoring IoT and OT devices along with their IT assets. This end-to-end solution allows customers to better harden and protect all of their attack surfaces.”

The industry is already recognizing the value of MDR+ IoT, as shown in its winner a IoT Evolution Security Excellence Award 2022.

The launch of MDR+ IoT follows yesterday’s announcement that Open Systems has been awarded Microsoft Managed Advanced Detection and Response (MXDR) verified solution status. In achieving this status, Open Systems has proven its robust MXDR services, including a Security Operation Center (SOC) with 24/7/365 proactive detection, monitoring and response capabilities based on tight integration with the Microsoft Security platform. This solution combines expert-trained technology with human-driven services and has been tested by Microsoft engineers.

Open Systems Managed Security Services

Open Systems MDR+ is a next-generation MDR service that provides organizations with comprehensive, world-class Security Operations Center (SOC) cybersecurity capabilities. At the heart of MDR+ is Mission Control, a 24/7 global security service that combines certified experts, exemplary processes and seamless technology that integrates with and extends the Microsoft 365 E5 security stack. This enables customers to mitigate threats and reduce risk by fully operationalizing their existing security investments, reducing attack surfaces and reducing mean time to respond (MTTR) to threats.

MDR+ is being supplemented SASE+ Open Systems, a fully managed Secure Access Services (SASE) solution for securely and securely connecting customers’ employees to the Internet and the cloud. Designed from the ground up with an integrated networking and security stack, the service’s cloud platform protects all enterprise boundaries, including endpoints, sites, physical and cloud data centers, and mobile users. In addition, its single-pass mechanism for SWG, SD-WAN, firewall, NDR and unified threat detection provides line speed due to the absence of service chains and improves security through integrated policy management and software-defined perimeter.

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Open Systems Provides Innovative IoT Security Monitoring to Protect Microsoft Customers Against Cyberthreats