NTT Ltd. recently unveiled its Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service, an advanced analytics-driven security service that combines the best of human and machine expertise with state-of-the-art technology. The innovative offering provides organizations with enhanced cyber resilience to help them achieve their business objectives – all while reducing long detection times for effective risk management against malicious actors.
The MDR service is powered by Microsoft Sentinel, a cutting-edge, AI-driven security platform that enables organizations to monitor every user, device, and application from on-premise or multi-cloud systems. Leveraging its powerful threat intelligence capabilities, it collects essential data at scale for enhanced protection against cyber threats.
NTT’s MDR service offers different service tiers and deployment options to its customers, along with add-ons that can enhance detection capabilities and response actions. The current add-ons available are MDR for Endpoint and Security Device Management (SecDM) for MDR, which covers Security Devices and Services.
“Organizations are typically utilizing a patchwork of security technologies that lack alignment,” said Charlie Li, Senior Executive Vice President: Managed Cloud and Infrastructure Services, NTT Ltd. “This disjointed approach has left businesses often unable to detect hard-to-find threats and lacking the necessary agility to mitigate them. Many are simply adding more security layers, increasing complexity, and generating even more logs and alerts that go untreated.”
Leveraging the power of analytics, machine learning, and advanced threat intelligence capabilities, this service provides a powerful yet streamlined way to detect suspicious behavior while reducing false positives. Moreover, enterprises can quickly respond to incidents and isolate threats with the service’s built-in orchestration and automation.
NTT’s MDR service aids organizations in staying ahead of potential attackers, resulting in better workforce productivity and customer satisfaction. This is made possible through real-time and long-term threat correlation, advanced analytics, and continuous monitoring of digital transactions. The service helps to establish a strong cyber-resilience posture, which in turn has a direct impact on an organization’s operational, financial, and resource resilience.
NTT’s alliance with Microsoft
The MDR service is a continuation of the partnership between NTT and Microsoft under the Strategic Alliance Agreement (SCA) signed in 2020, which spans several years. During this time, the companies have worked together to develop cutting-edge solutions in various fields such as public, private, and edge cloud, data & AI, digital & app innovation, modern workplace, and most recently, security.
“We’re extremely pleased to expand on our existing strategic relationship with NTT through the launch of the new MDR service, based on Microsoft Sentinel, to further help protect and support our joint customers,” said Csaba Deme, General Manager, Global Security Sales at Microsoft.
NTT has extensive expertise in Microsoft technologies, with a team of over 5,000 Microsoft engineers who possess more than 10,000 Microsoft certifications. This puts NTT in a unique position to offer a comprehensive range of services, including application and systems integration, advisory, and managed cloud and security services that are built on Microsoft platforms and can be provided worldwide.
NTT is well-placed to strengthen its partnership with Microsoft, as it has achieved the prestigious status of being a Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Services Provider, as well as 8 Specializations. Additionally, NTT is a member of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA) and has a strong history of recognition with over 20 Microsoft Partner Awards, including the highly coveted Partner of the Year award.
The increasing demand for MDR services
According to market projections, the global managed detection and response market is expected to grow from $2.6 billion in 2022 to $5.6 billion by 2027. The market growth can be attributed to various factors such as a shortage of skilled cyber security professionals, budget constraints, government regulations, and strict compliance for the adoption of MDR services.
IDC research highlights that the demand for IT security professionals is high, primarily due to the increase in threats that have arisen with the expansion of the hybrid workforce and the rise in the volume of digital transactions impacting businesses. MDR services play a crucial role in helping organizations take a proactive approach to protect all forms of digital transactions, providing them with advanced analytics and 24/7 support from experts in real time.