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Sophos secures deal to acquire Rook Security

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Network and endpoint security vendor Sophos has acquired managed detection and response services provider Rook Security.

Sophos says the deal will enable it to create re-sellable MDR services by combining Rook Security’s threat detection, investigation and response capabilities with its recently acquired DarkBytes technology platform.

Sophos will deliver the new MDR services through its network of approximately 47,000 channel partners worldwide.

“Cyber criminals are relentlessly trying to exploit organisations with techniques ranging from tried-and-true phishing emails to the more recent trend of ‘hacker pen-testing’ to find weaknesses in their surface area,” said Joe Levy, chief technology officer at Sophos.

“As a result, businesses need 24/7 monitoring and management of what is happening on their network, yet many of them do not have the expertise, can’t keep up or don’t have the security teams in-house to optimally configure and manage security around-the-clock.

“With MDR, Sophos’ channel partners will be able to provide businesses of all sizes with expert services that continuously detect, hunt for and respond to security incidents.”

In addition, Sophos says it plans to align its synchronised security technology and product portfolio with Rook Security’s 24/7 services for MDR customers, and Rook Security experts will also be able to review these customer security postures to ensure optimal policy configurations for Sophos products across estates.

“Rook Security provides managed detection and response services to detect and eliminate cyber threats. Through threat hunting and data analytics, Rook Security’s experts rapidly detect and mitigate active attacks,” said J.J. Thompson, founder and chief executive, Rook Security.

“We are excited to bring our experts and service delivery innovation to Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cyber security. Together, we can implement faster, more effective threat detection and response capabilities to better protect businesses.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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