Sophos acquires Rook Security

As a channel-focused security provider, Sophos aims to create re-sellable MDR services and deliver them through its partner network

With MDR, Sophos’ channel partners will be able to provide businesses of all sizes with expert services that continuously detect, hunt for and respond to security incidents, says Levy.
With MDR, Sophos’ channel partners will be able to provide businesses of all sizes with expert services that continuously detect, hunt for and respond to security incidents, says Levy.

Sophos has acquired Rook Security, which provides managed detection and response (MDR) services. With this move, Sophos aims to create re-sellable MDR services by combining Rook Security’s threat detection, investigation and response capabilities with its recently acquired DarkBytes technology platform. As a channel-first security provider, Sophos will deliver the new MDR services through its network of approximately 47,000 channel partners worldwide.

In addition, Sophos plans to align its synchronised security technology and product portfolio with Rook Security’s 24/7 services for MDR customers. Rook Security experts will also be able to review these customer security postures to ensure optimal policy configurations for Sophos products across estates.

“Cybercriminals are relentlessly trying to exploit organizations with techniques ranging from tried-and-true phishing emails to the more recent trend of ‘hacker pen-testing’ to find weaknesses in their surface area. As a result, businesses need 24/7 monitoring and management of what is happening on their network, yet many of them do not have the expertise, can’t keep up or don’t have the security teams in-house to optimally configure and manage security around-the-clock,” said Joe Levy, chief technology officer at Sophos. “With MDR, Sophos’ channel partners will be able to provide businesses of all sizes with expert services that continuously detect, hunt for and respond to security incidents.”

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J.J. Thompson, founder and CEO, Rook Security said, “Rook Security provides managed detection and response services to detect and eliminate cyber threats. Through threat hunting and data analytics, Rook Security’s experts rapidly detect and mitigate active attacks. We are excited to bring our experts and service delivery innovation to Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity. Together, we can implement faster, more effective threat detection and response capabilities to better protect businesses.”

Rook Security provides a 24/7 team of cyberthreat hunters and incident response experts who monitor, hunt for, analyse and respond to security incidents for businesses of all sizes. Rook Security is a privately-owned company, founded in 2008 and headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind.

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