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Kaspersky Security Operations Center Explores MSP, MSSP Demand

Kaspersky has launched a Security Operations Center (SOC) that offers end-customers a range of cybersecurity options. But will the company build out a SOC partner program for VARs, MSPs and MSSPs (managed security services providers)? Here's the status so far.

LinkedIn: Rob Cataldo, VP, Kaspersky
LinkedIn: Rob Cataldo, VP, Kaspersky

Kaspersky SOC's key offerings for customers include:

  • Advanced Defense Technologies
  • Global Threat Intelligence
  • Threat Hunting
  • Cybersecurity Training
  • Malware Analysis and Digital Forensics
  • Incident Response
  • Security Assessment
  • Penetration Testing and Red Teaming

At least initially, the SOC won't have a major MSP or MSSP partner push. In a statement to MSSP Alert, Rob Cataldo, vice president of enterprise sales at Kaspersky USA, said:

“At the outset, Kaspersky will offer these services through authorized partners and will explore market demand for MSPs and/or MSSPs. As the program develops we will also be considering other options to expand our support for traditional VAR’s and NSP’s as well as MSP’s/MSSP’s within the Kaspersky United partner program.”

Meanwhile, demand for SOC as a Service (SOCaaS) and Master MSSP services appears strong across the VAR, MSP and MSSP ecosystems. Many channel partners can't afford to build out their own SOCs, and are therefore plugging into third-party SOC options or reselling such options to their end-customers.

The market for such SOCaaS offerings is highly fragmented with dozens of competitors.

Kaspersky Brand, Business Transparency

Kaspersky recently updated its brand branded, and the company has tried to distance the business from controversy involving the U.S. federal government. United States officials allege that the software company may have ties to Russia's government -- a charge that Kaspersky has repeatedly denied.

Despite the controversy, Kaspersky's overall global revenue rose 4 percent in 2018. To further mitigate the speculation about the company's potential business ties, Kaspersky relocated its core infrastructure from Russia to Switzerland. The effort also features various transparency initiatives -- including a Transparency Center for "responsible stakeholders" to review the company's source code.

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.