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MSSP Scalar, Rank Software Partner for Threat Hunting as a Service

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Canadian MSSP Scalar now offers the Rank Software Virtual Advisor to Security Analysts (VASA) artificial intelligence-based threat detection platform, according to a prepared statement. The news comes after CDW acquired Scalar for C$250 million (approximately $188.9 million) last week.

Scalar and Rank together will create security operations centers (SOCs) to deliver VASA threat hunting as a service, the companies said. They also will explore ways to enhance VASA.

What Is VASA?

VASA helps organizations detect and address cyber threats in real-time, Rank indicated. It ingests data from network sources and identifies security anomalies, enabling organizations to stop both known and unknown cyber threats.

Key features of VASA include:

  • Active Learning: Records security analyst feedback and allows security analysts to use this feedback to speed up and improve incident response.
  • Contextualization: Uses AI, behavioral analytics and machine learning to help organizations analyze security data, understand risk thresholds and determine the best ways to hunt and address cyber threats.
  • Multiple Data Sources: Ingests security data from over 40 sources, including system network traffic and endpoint log files.

VASA can be deployed on the cloud or on-premise, Rank stated. It also is capable of handling more than 1 billion events a day at 10+ gigabits per second.

Scalar and Rank: Here's What You Need to Know

Founded in 2004, Scalar offers cloud, infrastructure and security solutions. Scalar serves more than 900 customers and works with more than 150 partners worldwide.

Rank helps organizations hunt threats in real-time, address false-positive security alerts and improve their cyber risk management strategies. The company also provides a partner program that enables MSSPs to integrate VASA into their security information and event management (SIEM) offerings.

MSSPs and the Global AI in Cybersecurity Market

In addition to Rank, other AI-based cybersecurity solutions providers that partner with MSSPs include:

The global AI in cybersecurity market is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 31.4 percent between 2017 and 2025, according to industry analyst MarketsandMarkets. As such, MSSPs that offer AI-based security services could capitalize on this rising market demand in the years to come.

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.