Managed Security Services, MSP, MSSP

Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) Market News: 31 August 2023


Each business day, MSSP Alert delivers a 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.
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Today’s MSSP, MSP, MDR, XDR and Cybersecurity Market News

1. Leadership Move: Zorus, which builds and operates cybersecurity products and services exclusively for managed service providers (MSPs), has appointed Brett Cheloff as its new CEO, effective September 5. Cheloff, who has been chief technology officer at Zorus since the beginning of the year and was previously an executive at LabTech/ConnectWise, will guide the company in its next phase of growth. Current Zorus CEO Ian McChord is departing the company to pursue new interests after helping lead the company for the past three years.

2. Cybersecurity Experts Group Formed: Plurilock Security, an AI-driven cybersecurity solutions provider for workforces, has established an Information Security Advisory Council comprised of leading cybersecurity industry experts and academics. As part of Plurilock's focus on AI safety, the new council will provide expert guidance to the company on advancing its business development strategy and scaling its AI-focused technology offering portfolio. (Source: Seeking Alpha)

3. Password Security Partnership: Trusona, a passwordless authentication specialist, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., a government IT solutions provider, have announced a partnership. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as Trusona’s Master Government Aggregator, making the company’s passkey-as-a-service platform, Trusona Authentication Cloud, available to the public sector through Carahsoft’s reseller partners.

4. Product Launch: OPSWAT, a specialist in critical infrastructure protection cybersecurity solutions, has reintroduced its OPSWAT Security Score, a complimentary tool that enables end users to check their cybersecurity posture on their computers and/or tablets. 

5. Channel Partner Program: Tufin, a network and cloud security policy automation specialist, has announced major enhancements for its channel partners, adding many new tools and features to its partner program. The program enhancements include the launch of the new Tufin Partner Portal, a partner-only platform that offers a variety of tools, content and programs to support all selling, marketing and technology needs. 

6. Product Launch: Cybersecurity company NordVPN has launched NordLabs, a platform for experimental projects and cutting-edge innovations. It will explore emerging technologies, such as AI, to create new tools and services. Those who sign up can expect the first products to test in September.

7. Deal, No Deal: SentinelOne said on August 30 it had terminated a partnership with cybersecurity startup Wiz, citing "lack of execution." The termination comes less than a week after Wiz said it was considering a bid for SentinelOne, which offers AI-backed cybersecurity products. SentinelOne, launched in Israel in 2013, also said the partnership has not been productive for its business. Wiz, founded in 2020, offers products to detect and respond to cyber threats to cloud systems. (Source: Reuters)

8. Telescopes Hacked: Some of the world's leading astronomical observatories have reported cyberattacks that have resulted in temporary shutdowns. The National Science Foundation's National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory reported that a cybersecurity incident that occurred on August 1 has prompted the lab to temporarily halt operations at its Gemini North Telescope in Hawaii and Gemini South Telescope in Chile. Other, smaller telescopes on Cerro Tololo in Chile were also affected. (Source:

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.