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MSSP BlueVoyant Launches SOCaaS Powered by Microsoft Azure Sentinel

BlueVoyant, a Top 250 MSSP, has announced the Modern Security Operations Center (SOC) -- which spans consulting, implementation and managed detection and response (MDR) security services.

The launch comes roughly five months after BlueVoyant acquired Managed Sentinel -- a Microsoft Azure Sentinel partner for cloud-based SIEM services.

Modern SOC blends BlueVoyant managed services with Microsoft Azure Sentinel security information and event management (SIEM) and Microsoft 365 Defender and Azure Defender extended detection and response (XDR) capabilities, according to the company. In doing so, Modern SOC provides organizations with a cybersecurity solution that maximizes and extends their investment in Microsoft tools and improves their security posture.

BlueVoyant Modern SOC, Business Expansion

Modern SOC provides organizations with real-time access to security experts, BlueVoyant said. These experts use automation and integrated threat intelligence capabilities to identify cyber threats within organizations' Azure Sentinel environments.

In addition, Modern SOC ensures all data remains in Microsoft customers' Azure Sentinel environments, BlueVoyant indicated. It also operationalizes and manages customers' security tools and provides continuous threat monitoring, investigation and remediation.

Modern SOC is a true security operations center-as-a-service (SOCaaS) offering, BlueVoyant Global Head of Managed Security Services Milan Patel said. It empowers organizations to use BlueVoyant's managed services in conjunction with Azure Sentinel and Microsoft 365 Defender and Azure Defender to secure their data and assets.

The Modern SOC launch comes after BlueVoyant in October acquired Managed Sentinel, which offers Azure Sentinel and Microsoft Defender deployment and management services. Furthermore, BlueVoyant offers custom deployments of Microsoft security tools and ongoing platform care and maintenance.

In addition to releasing Modern SOC, BlueVoyant recently hired IBM Security veteran György Róbert Rácz as its president of Europe. Rácz is expected to help BlueVoyant grow its European operations.

BlueVoyant uses the largest globally distributed private sector data sets to track and prepare for cyberattacks, according to the company. It offers cyber risk management, MDR, threat intelligence and other security services to global organizations.

Microsoft Azure Sentinel Gains MSSP Partner Momentum

Along with BlueVoyant, Top 250 MSSPs BT and CyberProof have introduced Azure Sentinel offerings. BT in July 2020 announced a fully managed security and advisory service built on Azure Sentinel, while CyberProof launched an Azure Sentinel integration in 2019.

Azure Sentinel became generally available in September 2019. It allows security administrators to identify, detect and block malware in near-real-time, prioritize critical tasks and leverage intelligent security analytics and could help MSSPs capitalize on the rising demand for SIEM.

The global SIEM market is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 5.5 percent between 2020 and 2025, according to industry analyst MarketsandMarkets. This sector also could be worth approximately $5.5 billion by 2025.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.