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Microsoft Introduces Managed XDR Security Services, Threat Hunting For Enterprise Customers

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 2: The Microsoft logo is illuminated on a wall during a Microsoft launch event to introduce the new Microsoft Surface laptop and Windows 10 S operating system, May 2, 2017 in New York City. The Windows 10 S operating system is geared toward the education market and is Microsoft’s answer to Google’s Chrome OS. (P...

Microsoft has expanded its managed security capabilities to include threat hunting, managed XDR and SIEM capabilities for enterprise customers. The overall effort -- called Microsoft Security Experts -- involves human-led services to "help organizations achieve more secure, compliant, and productive outcomes."

The move reinforces Microsoft's global commitment to cybersecurity and risk mitigation. And it further blurs the line between software companies and managed security services -- especially in the areas of Managed Detection and Response (MDR), managed eXtended Detection and Response (XDR), and incident-response capabilities.

Microsoft has had MSSP-type services in place for some time. The existing capabilities include:

Rival software and cloud companies are making similar moves. Google Cloud, for instance, is acquiring Mandiant -- though the U.S. Department of Justice is taking a look at that pending deal. Meanwhile, software giants such as OpenText have partnered to introduce managed XDR services for end-customers and partners.

Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA) Engages MSSPs, ISVs

Meanwhile, Microsoft continues to work with more third-party MSSP partners. The effort involves the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA), an ecosystem of MSSPs and independent software vendors (ISVs).

As of August 2021, MISA had 67 MSSP members that supported 165 managed security services as of August 2021. Furthermore, MISA reported that 176 ISVs delivered 259 integrations as of July 2021.

And in the SMB market, Microsoft is touting Defender for Business to MSPs that support small business customers.

Microsoft Security Revenues: 50% Growth

Microsoft's overall security business has grown to generate $15 billion in annual revenue, up from $10 billion the previous year, CEO Satya Nadella said in January 2022.

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.