Sophos Acquires SOC.OS to Advance Managed Threat Response

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Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, has announced the acquisition of SOC.OS, a cloud-based security alert investigation and triage automation solution developer. The system combines and prioritizes a large number of security warnings from various products and platforms across an organization’s estate, allowing security operations teams to quickly comprehend and respond to the most critical incidents reported. SOC.OS is a BAE Systems Digital Intelligence spinoff that began in 2020. The company is based in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, and is privately controlled.

“Sophos MTR is one of the fastest-growing new offerings in the company’s history. We now stand as one of the largest Managed Detection and Response (MDR) operations in the world, delivering superior security outcomes through an MTR service with more than 8,000 customers. The top enhancement request from these customers is ‘better integrations with existing security environments,’ and with the innovative technology from SOC.OS, we will be able to do just that – seamlessly integrate Sophos’ MTR and XDR solutions within their current set of security and IT solutions. SOC.OS will also provide our Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem with a broader set of third-party telemetry, so security analysts have better visibility into important events and alerts. SOC.OS has an impressive list of integrations that will benefit Sophos customers as we continue to expand and develop industry-leading XDR and MDR capabilities. We’re very excited to bring the team and technology from SOC.OS onboard,”

said Joe Levy, chief technology and product officer, Sophos.

Sophos intends to improve its Managed Threat Response (MTR) and Extended Detection and Response (XDR) solutions for businesses of all sizes using SOC.OS. SOC.OS will also assist Sophos in expanding its Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem, which serves as the foundation for all of Sophos’ security solutions. This will include receiving warnings and events from the third-party endpoint, servers, firewall, IAM, cloud workload, email, and mobile security products.

“To make XDR a long-term investment, (organizations need to) evaluate breadth and depth of ecosystem integration. The easier the XDR can integrate into your existing environment, the better an investment it will be,” According to the Gartner® Market Guide for Extended Detection and Response, Nov. 8, 2021.

“Alert fatigue and lack of visibility still plague security teams worldwide. Considering this, against the backdrop of constantly changing cyberthreats and a challenging talent landscape, defenders need new and innovative products and services that can help them solve more complex incidents in less time. For many defenders, however, the complexity and cost of traditional security solutions act as barriers to adoption. By joining forces with Sophos, we can address these challenges together, head on. The sum is greater than our parts, and by combining our capabilities, we’re positioned to offer truly unique, cost effective and highly accessible products and services to those who need it most, on a global scale,”

said Dave Mareels, chief executive officer and co-founder, SOC.OS.

Security operations teams are under constant pressure to monitor every part of their organization as assaults such as ransomware become more common and complex. Organizations require XDR or MTR, as well as a solution from SOC.OS that automatically clusters and triages alerts, due to 24/7 threat activity, high numbers of security alerts and false positives, and understaffing.

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