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DirectDefense, Claroty Partner for Extended Internet of Things (XIoT) Security

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MSSP DirectDefense has added Claroty eXtended internet of things (XIoT) and cyber-physical security capabilities to its services offering, the companies said.

In doing so, DirectDefense customers can use the Claroty Platform to secure cyber-physical systems across their industrial, healthcare and commercial environments.

Jim Broome, DirectDefense's president and CTO, commented on the addition of the Claroty Platform to his company's services offering:

"By adding Claroty to our services offering, customers in the industrial, healthcare and commercial industries can better secure their XIoT environments... Time and time again we hear the challenges these industries face with the proliferation of connected devices and the difficulty managing and securing them.

"The Claroty platform provides the required visibility and protection and with our 24x7 SOC managing those alerts in partnership with our Connected Systems team, customers will elevate their security posture and increase their cyber resiliency."

What the Claroty Platform Offers

The Claroty Platform integrates with an organization's existing infrastructure to provide controls for visibility, risk and vulnerability management, threat detection and secure remote access, the company noted.

Key features of the Claroty Platform include:

  • Asset Discovery identifies XIoT assets across an organization's infrastructure.
  • Network Protection segments networks and ensures that network security policies are enforced.
  • Threat Detection provides insights into threats and helps an organization find the best ways to respond to and remediate them.
  • Vulnerability and Risk Management detects vulnerabilities and risks and enables an organization to address such issues in their early stages.

The Claroty Platform drives cyber and operational resilience, said CJ Radford, Claroty's global vice president of channel and alliances. As such, DirectDefense customers can utilize the Claroty Platform to secure their XIoT assets and devices, respond to and recover from incidents and preserve operational continuity and safety across their XIoT environments.

DirectDefense Names Chief Security Officer

The Claroty partnership comes after DirectDefense in February 2023 appointed Christopher Walcutt as its chief security officer. Walcutt is responsible for DirectDefense's security management, the company said. He previously served as DirectDefense's president of strategy.

DirectDefense offers managed security services, risk assessments and penetration testing to global organizations. Along with Claroty, DirectDefense has established partnerships with anti-ransomware platform provider Halcyon and other cybersecurity companies.

The company also offers a partner program that allows MSSPs, MSPs and other technology providers to deliver managed detection and response (MDR) and other security services.

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.