Cisco, Perch Ink MSP Security Partnership
The Cisco-Perch joint offering combines Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) for Endpoints and Cisco Umbrella network security capabilities with Perch’s security information and event management (SIEM) solution, the companies said. In doing so, the joint offering enables MSPs to correlate security events across endpoints and networks.
In addition, the joint offering includes Perch Security Operations Center (SOC) for alert review and custom alert options, the companies stated. It also features a Perch Duo integration that allows MSPs to leverage Duo Multi-Factor Authentication and provides endpoint visibility with data from Microsoft Office 365 and other Perch-connected cloud services.
A Closer Look at Perch’s MSP Partner Strategy
The Cisco-Perch offering has potential upside for both companies and their partner ecosystems.
Perch provides “a software platform that is combined with SOC services on top,” CISO Wes Spencer told MSSP Alert in July 2019. It enables MSPs to leverage as many or as few SOC services as they need, Spencer said, and delivers insights into cyber threats and other security issues.
Furthermore, Perch last year secured $9 million in Series A funding led by ConnectWise, with participation from Fishtech Group. Since that time, Perch has “poured every dollar into integrations and feature upgrades” for its software platform and continues to evaluate new security features, Spencer noted.
Cisco Accelerates SMB Partner Strategy
Cisco, meanwhile, has been aligning many of its products and SaaS services for MSP partner and SMB customer consumption. The company has spent two-plus years working with Perch investor ConnectWise, and Cisco is expected to have a major presence at this week’s ConnectWise IT Nation Connect 2019 conference, which starts October 30 in Orlando, Florida.