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Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) News: 10 September 2020

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Each business day, MSSP Alert broadcasts a quick lineup of news, analysis and chatter from across the managed security services provider ecosystem.

  • The Content: Written for MSSPs, SOC as a Service (SOCaaS), Managed Detection and Response (MDR) and MSP security providers — and those who need to partner up with such companies.
  • Frequency and Format: Every business morning. Typically one or two sentences for each item below.
  • Reaching Our Inbox: Send news, tips and rumors to [email protected].

A. Today’s MSSP Alerts

1. Russia Targets Biden Campaign: Russian state-backed hackers recently targeted an advisory firm that serves Joe Biden's presidential campaign, according to a warning from Microsoft to the advisory firm, according to Reuters.

2. Funding - Automated Penetration Testing: Pcysys has completed a $25 million Series B Funding round led by Insight Partners, along with existing investors, Awz Ventures and The Blackstone Group. The company has raised $40 million to date. MSSPs can leverage Pcysys PenTara to provide remote penetration testing as a service to clientele.

3. Funding - Container and Kubernetes Security: StackRox has secured an additional $26.5 million in funding and achieved more than 240% revenue growth in the first half of the year. Menlo Ventures led the funding round with participation from Highland Capital Partners and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise along with StackRox’s existing investors, Sequoia Capital and Redpoint Ventures.

4. Talent - Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Part One: CriticalStart has promoted VP Carrie Kelly to chief marketing officer.

5. Talent - Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Part Two: Redscan has named Mark Doughty as chief financial officer (CFO).

6. Cyber Protection: Acronis has released Acronis Cyber Protect 15, which integrates backup, disaster recovery, next-generation antimalware, cybersecurity, and endpoint management tools into a single solution.

7. XDR: Trend Micro has announced Worry-Free XDR, which is designed to extend the power of correlated detection and response beyond the endpoint for smaller businesses. This channel offering is available now as a standalone or managed solution for SMB customers.

8. Network Detection and Response: Cisco has released Stealthwatch 7.3.0 with a range of new automated response and management features.

9. VoIP Malware: ESET researchers have discovered and analyzed malware that targets Voice over IP (VoIP) softswitches. This new malware, named CDRThief by ESET, is designed to target a very specific VoIP platform used by two China-made softswitches (software switches): Linknat VOS2009 and VOS3000, ESET says.

10. M&A - Secure Communications: AddSecure has signed an agreement to acquire Telia’s Alerta business from Telia Finland. Telia´s Alerta enable secure alarm transmission and remote management of multiple systems targeted at the public sector and private companies.

B. MSSP and Cybersecurity Virtual Events and Conferences

  1. BlackBerry Security Summit 2020 (October 5-7, Virtual Conference)
  2. ConnectWise IT Nation Secure 2020 (October 14-15, Virtual Conference)
  3. Exabeam Spotlight20 (November 9-11, Virtual Conference)
  4. Palo Alto Networks Ignite20 (November 17-19, Virtual Conference)
  5. RSA Conference 2021 (May 17-21, Virtual Conference)
  6. BonusMSSP Alert’s complete event calendar
Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.