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Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) Market News: 2 March 2023

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

  • The Content: Written for MSSPs and MSPs; threat hunters; security operations center as a service (SOCaaS), managed detection and response (MDR), and eXtended detection and response (XDR) providers — and those who partner 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 Managing Editor Jim Masters: [email protected].

A. Today’s MSSP, MDR, XDR and Cybersecurity Market News

1. Company Rebrand: Offensive Security, a cybersecurity education prover, has refreshed its brand identity, including a new, shortened name, OffSec. This update reflects OffSec’s commitment to helping cybersecurity professionals and organizations look beyond traditional training and certification to provide additional educational content and hands-on resources that help learners advance in their field and companies develop their security team members, the company said.

2. Theat Intelligence: Avertium has released fresh insights into a threat actor out of China that is compromising SSH servers in bulk and using them for DDoS attacks. A deep dive into the technical details of the automated targeted campaign is presented in Avertium's new Threat Intelligence Report. Between October 6 and December 7, 2022, more than 1.2 million unauthorized SSH connection attempts were observed across 18 honeypots deployed globally, Avertium reports.

3. Cybersecurity Partnership: Trustwave Government Solutions (TGS), a managed detection and response (MDR) provider, has become a Palo Alto Networks Cortex XMDR Specialization partner. The Cortex XMDR specialization enables TGS to combine Cortex XDR with their managed services offerings, helping customers streamline security operations center (SOC) operations and quickly mitigate cyber threats.

4. Cybersecurity Certification for Drones: Fortress Information Security and the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) have launched a cybersecurity certification program for commercial drones. Green Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) provides a standardized means of evaluating cybersecurity for commercial off-the-shelf drones.

5. Cyber Insurance ProgramCowbell, a provider of cyber insurance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has debuted Cowbell 365, an around-the-clock service that offers policyholders comprehensive support for risk improvement and incident response. Cowbell 365 delivers 24/7 availability from its in-house team of cyber claims specialists and cyber risk engineers.

6. Partnership Announced: Bluescape, a visual collaboration and workspace platform, is partnering with SteerBridge to deliver its virtual work platform to defense, intelligence and federal civilian customers. SteerBridge offers its IT and professional services in combination with Bluescape’s virtual work platform, which gives hybrid and dispersed teams a common operating picture for collaboration, informed decision-making and situational awareness.

7. Product Launch: Viasat Inc. has launched its Trusted Cybersecurity Services (TCS) solution. Viasat offers a hosted intrusion detection service that integrates classified government threat intelligence to identify threats on an organization's network. The service leverages threat intelligence from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), via the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) Enhanced Cybersecurity Services (ECS) program, to help protect U.S.-based organizations from cyber threats.

8. Human Risk Platform Debuts: Hoxhunt, a specialist in cybersecurity behavior change software, has released its Human Risk Management Platform and three new products. The platform enables cybersecurity professionals to focus on true visibility and measurable outcomes, not just regulatory and audit compliance, the company asserts. "With our human risk platform, organizations can significantly alter their employees' security skill levels to create a strong human detection engine when attackers surpass technical layers," CEO Mika Aalto said.

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Jim Masters

Jim Masters is Managing Editor of MSSP Alert, and holds a B.A. degree in Journalism from Northern Illinois University. His career has spanned governmental and investigative reporting for daily newspapers in the Northwest Indiana Region and 16 years in a global internal communications role for a Fortune 500 professional services company. Additionally, he is co-owner of the Lake County Corn Dogs minor league baseball franchise, located in Crown Point, Indiana. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and recording his own music, oil painting, biking, volleyball, golf and cheering on the Corn Dogs.