BlueVoyant, Telstra Partner for MDR Endpoint Security Services

BlueVoyant, a Top 250 MSSP based in New York, appears to have global ambitions. The latest evidence: BlueVoyant has partnered with telecom giant Telstra to launch MDR (managed detection and response) cybersecurity services in Australia and New Zealand.

The MDR service (branded as Telstra Cyber Detection and Response – Endpoint) —  blends Telstra’s managed security services with BlueVoyant’s technology for the first time.

The combined BlueVoyant-Telstra managed security service supports threat detection, indicator enrichment, endpoint response and threat hunting, the companies say. The services are designed for mid- to large-size organizations.

BlueVoyant and Telstra: Mutual Microsoft Partners

The partnership surfaces roughly one year after BlueVoyant acquired Managed Sentinel, a Microsoft Azure Sentinel security information and event management (SIEM) partner. That M&A deal surfaced in October 2020.

Fast forward to September 2021, and BlueVoyant’s security platform involves a cloud-based ingestion processing and analysis system. The platform supports threat alerting, mitigation and resolution, the company says.

In a prepared statement about the partnership, Matthew O’Brien, cybersecurity executive, product and technology at Telstra, said:

“Recent research suggests that the majority of Australia’s top companies will continue to use remote and hybrid work models into the foreseeable future. In fact, it has become an embedded work practice, and is possibly one of the most profound shifts to come out of the pandemic. This means managing the endpoint through advanced detection & response capabilities is absolutely critical. Telstra’s partnership with BlueVoyant demonstrates our continued commitment to securing Australian businesses.”

Added Evan Williams, Microsoft ANZ business group director of modern work and security:

“We see this latest Cyber Detection and Response offering a significant step in our partnership to help secure important aspects of our joint customer’s network and services. It will be the starting point for any business as they look to secure their business environment in today’s digital and connected reality. One of Telstra and Microsoft’s key values is Better Together, which is demonstrated in this collaboration with Telstra and BlueVoyant to deliver a unique cybersecurity solution in the Australian market.”

Concluded Jim Rosenthal, CEO of BlueVoyant:

“We are delighted to be able to bring our end-to-end managed service into Telstra’s cybersecurity portfolio and extend our global footprint of unparalleled cybersecurity services into the Australian market. Our partnership is testament to the global demand for cybersecurity outsourcing from organizations of all sizes, who want to access the best solutions.”

BlueVoyant: Managed Security Business History

BlueVoyant, founded in 2017 and formerly called BlueteamGlobal, originally was a combination of three cybersecurity companies — BitVoyant, K2G and K2 Cyber Defense.

BlueVoyant, backed by $125 million in funding in 2017 and $82.5 million in 2019, has expanded rapidly across multiple geographies and vertical markets.

Key moves include:

Headquartered in New York City, BlueVoyant also has offices in Maryland, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Manila, Toronto, London, Latin America< and Budapes.

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