Bitdefender enhances solutions available to MSP partners

Newly enhanced versions of Bitdefender’s Endpoint Detection and Response, and Advanced Threat Security solutions are now available to MSP partners, as well as a Patch Management solution now being offered to MSPs.

Joe Sykora, Bitdefender’s VP of Worldwide Channel Development

Cybersecurity vendor Bitdefender has announced the availability of three enhanced offerings to managed service provider [MSP] partners. BitDefender Cloud Security for MSP has had its existing Endpoint Detection and Response, and Advanced Threat Security (with HyperDetect and Sandbox Analyzer) solutions enhanced. A third solution, Patch Management, is now newly available to Bitdefender’s MSP partners.

“Our MSP program has been around for many years, and is a high-growth area for us,” said Joe Sykora, Bitdefender’s VP of Worldwide Channel Development. “We were an early adopter for metered monthly billing for MSPs. We have a dedicated team on the MSP practice, and the program is well positioned and supported.”

Sykora noted that Bitdefender, like all cybersecurity vendors, have seen the numbers of MSP partners swell as conventional solution providers have added an MSP practice to their traditional business models.

“These hybrids are becoming more relevant as many of these partners have built out MSP practices,” he said. “Today, the MSP business is around 40 per cent the size of our legacy business.”

The products now enhanced for the MSP market have already had enhanced versions released for the traditional products, with the lag being typical because the process takes longer for MSPs.

“For example, the Endpoint Detection and Response solution was announced on November 8 last year, and was released to general availability a few months after that,” Sykora said. “The Cloud Management Council is different, as is the engineering work.”

The enhanced Advanced Threat Security solution for MSPs, includes HyperDetect which is designed to block attacks at pre-execution with tunable machine learning capabilities. It also protects against fileless attacks, and PowerShell and other script attacks, as well as delivering improved threat context and visibility.  It also has a Sandbox Analyzer for enhanced targeted attack detection. Sykora noted that the improvements to the machine learning technology were particularly notable.

The other enhanced solution, Endpoint Detection and Response, correlates information from different sensors, looks for anomalous behavior and offers clear visibility into indicators of compromise and one-click threat investigation and incident response workflows.

The Patch Management solution, now available to MSPs, reduces patching efforts and costs, offering a single source of patching with the largest database of Windows and third-party applications. Patches can be applied automatically to all devices anywhere, both on-site and at remote locations, reducing the window of opportunity for attackers to exploit vulnerable applications.

“We are in a unique position to understand the threat intelligence landscape, because we have the largest network on the planet with over 500 million nodes,” Sykora indicated.