Welcome to fiscal year 2022( FY22) and my first official blog as the MISA Lead. It’s been a whirlwind couple of months getting up to speed with all things MISA–closing out FY21 while continuing to build on the great foundation my predecessor laid down by as I strategize where to go from here. More to come on that, but first let’s take a moment to reflect and celebrate what MISA and our members have accomplished over the past year and take a sneak peek into what’s next.
MISA ascertained fantastic growth in FY21, having grown to more than 246 member companies, including 176 independent software marketers( ISVs) creating 259 consolidations. We expanded to include overseen security service providers( MSSPs) and now have 67 MSSP members furnishing 165 managed service offerings. We also expanded the MISA product portfolio to include five new compliance products, increasing our footprint across more Microsoft technologies. And we’re aroused to be bringing two more products into our portfolio, which we will discuss a little later in this blog. MISA’s growth is proof of the value we bring in helping customers better defend against increasingly sophisticated menaces, and it demonstrates the value Microsoft Security realises in our collaborator community.
Have you visualize the new look and feel of Microsoft Security? No? Yes? Well, be on the lookout–you’ll start to notice that MISA branding will be refreshed to align with the new look of Microsoft Security, emphasizing the strength of integrated answers for a seamless user experience.
Exciting offering for MISA members
If you missed our last MISA office hours, MISA members can view sound recordings or the presentation accessible to the public. MISA members can request exam certification vouchers as part of their member benefits. Vouchers are merely redeemable for Security, Compliance, and Identity( SCI) Fundamentals and Advanced Role Based( ARB) quizs. MISA members can request vouchers per quarter, totaling four exam requests per Microsoft financial year.
We are thrilled to announce that MISA member Bulletproof has been selected as the 2021 Security Partner of the Year. The Security Partner of the Year Award( POTYA) recognizes a partner who is doing an exceptional job of rendering customers with end-to-end security solutions( versus one-point solutions) based on Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity abilities in Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure Security. With simply one Security category for Partner of the Year, Bulletproof rose to the top among a battleground of more than 160 entries.
Headquartered in Canada, Bulletproof is an award-winning Gold Microsoft Partner with 12 Gold competencies and was recently inducted to MISA. Additionally, Bulletproof has achieved Microsoft’s Advanced Specialization in Threat Protection. The company has agencies across Canada, the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa( EMEA) with customers on six continents who trust Bulletproof to secure their identities, networks, data, and devices.
Bulletproof does an exceptional job of fostering trust in a Zero Trust world by providing customers with end-to-end answers based on Microsoft security and compliance capabilities in Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure. Their family of managed services includes Bulletproof 365 Enterprise( B365E ), which combinings Microsoft 365 Security, the strength of Azure Security, and Bulletproof’s security pedigree to provide a Zero Trust framework with two levels of all-day monitored security vigilance–proactive protection that stops threats before they happen and responsive security that automatically contains threats when they occur.
B3 65 E enables customers to modernize and improve their security posture with cost-effective, seamless, and intelligent oversaw security and automated menace containment that doesn’t slacken productivity. Bulletproof 365 Workplace integrates the power of Microsoft 365 cloud productivity solutions–wrapped with advanced cloud app security, unmatched employee education, and all-day IT support. The company’s latest addition, Bulletproof 365 Compliance, adds a managed information protection service to the company’s offerings.
A key differentiator for Bulletproof is their Microsoft SWAT Team, experts who meet with customers to directly handle a matter of the technical details of proposed products and provides, accelerating each customer’s journey to improved security. Tight alignment with Microsoft recently helped Bulletproof on a competitive win with a global real estate company looking for a best-of-breed solution.
“We’re still pinching ourselves to be perfectly honest, ” said Chris Johnston, Bulletproof CEO. “Being recognized with the Security 2021 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award at the global level is an incredible honor that truly corroborates the significant impact Bulletproof’s end-to-end security answers are having in driving value( and peace of mind) for Microsoft customers. Thank you, Microsoft, for your ongoing collaboration, inspiration and subsistence, and this exciting and solely humbling acceptance. And to all the 2021 honor winners, finalists, and collaborators at large who enabled and supported customers through the accelerated digital change we have seen this past year, we applaud you.”
Expanding the MISA product portfolio
We’re excited to share that we’ll be widening Azure Defender for IoT to include our managed security service providers( MSSPs ). We’re also welcoming MSSPs supporting Microsoft Defender for Office 365.
Azure Defender for IoT offer agentless asset discovery, vulnerability handling, and menace monitoring for IoT and Operation Technology( OT) environments, with flexible deployment alternatives including amply on-premises, cloud-connected, or hybrid. It is tightly integrated with Azure Sentinel and assistances third-party security operation center( SOC) tools including Splunk, IBM QRadar, and ServiceNow.
“Operational Technology is integral to many sectors and critical to those that support public services. By leveraging Defender for IoT and integrating it into the Microsoft Security ecosystem, we’re able to provide threat detection across the IT and OT borders without interrupting production systems. Bringing OT into the SOC permits work with our customers to protect their existing OT environments and help them embrace the cloud conversion, knowing that the services are secure and managed end-to-end. We are happy that Azure Defender for IoT has been extended to MSSPs in MISA, so we can gain product insights to extend solution capabilities of our managed services.”–Martin Riley, Director, Managed Security Service, Bridewell Consulting
Microsoft Defender for Office 365 to include MSSPs
Microsoft Defender for Office 365 provides integrated threat protection for all of Office 365, helping protect customers and their email and collaboration tools against advanced threats like business email compromise and credential phishing. MSSPs’ managed services for Microsoft Defender for Office 365 are now supported in MISA, streamlining the participation of in-house security teams.
“Limited resources and rapidly evolving menaces is generated by operational gaps for our patrons. Optiv managed services provide outcome-based services across the security abilities built into Microsoft 365 to protect vulnerable assault vectors. Incorporating Microsoft Defender for Office 365 in our solutions aids protect against email compromise, credential phishing, and more, so we can protect our clients’ firms. We are pleased that Defender for Office 365 has joined the MISA family and look forward to increased visibility and co-marketing opportunities for our managed services.”–Justin Staffel, Director, Microsoft Alliance, Optiv Security, Inc.
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Security, compliance, identity, and management will be a key focal point of the event was noted in the “Build on a foundation of trust and security” theme. Throughout the two-day event, we’ll demonstrate how our partners can grow their business by offering comprehensive answers and earn customers’ trust by partnering with the leading security company.
One theme session. Four breakout sessions airing separately in both US and EMEA time zones. Eight “Ask the Experts” sessions is complemented by a corresponding live Q& A session to be delivered immediately following. Three on-demand conferences: Each will become available July 14, 2021, at 10 AM following the delivery of the Day one keynote and can be watched at any time during or after the event.
Be sure to visit the Microsoft Inspire website and bookmark the next session 😛 TAGEND
Session ID Session Title Speaker TS03-R1 Session 1 Session 2 Build on a foundation of trust and security Vasu Jakkal–CVP, Security, Compliance, and Identity Rodney Clarke–CVP, Global Channel Sales Lucas Joppa–Chief Environmental Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie–Chief Accessibility Officer
BRK1 22 Session 1 Session 2 Identity and endpoint management–a strong foundation for Zero Trust and profitability Irina Nechaeva–Sr. Director, Product Marketing Gideon Bibliowicz–Director of Product Marketing
ATEBRK1 21 -R1 Ask the Experts: Modernize security and defend against threats( R1) Carissa Broadbent–Product Marketing Manager Jeff Chin–Incubation Security Specialist Cristhofer Romeo Munoz–Program Manager
ATEBRK1 23 -R1 Ask the Experts: Accelerate customer transformation with cloud security solutions from Microsoft( R1) Albert Chew–Sr. Product Marketing Manager Tom Janetscheck–Sr. Program Manager, Azure Security Center CxE Adam Jung–Sr. Product Marketing Manager Nomi Nazeer–Sr. Partner Marketing Manager John Lewis–Program Manager
ATEBRK1 23 Ask the Experts: Accelerate customer transformation with cloud security answers from Microsoft Nathalia Bittar–Sr. Product Marketing Manager Yuri Diogenes–Principal Program Manager Adwait( AJ) Joshi–Director, Product Marketing Caroline Lee–Program Manager John Lewis–Program Manager
ATEBRK1 24 -R1 Ask the Experts: Build your business by managing danger and procuring customer information Jim Banach–Architect Shilpa Bothra–Product Marketing Manager Raman Kalyan–Director, Product Marketing Jenny Li–Program Manager Nomi Nazeer–Sr. Partner Marketing Manager Eric Ouellet–Sr. Product Marketing Manager Francois Van Hemert–Compliance Architect/ Partner
ATEBRK1 24 Ask the Experts: Build your business by managing peril and procuring client information Shilpa Bothra–Product Marketing Manager Raman Kalyan–Director, Product Marketing Jenny Li–Program Manager Nomi Nazeer–Sr. Partner Marketing Manager Eric Ouellet–Sr. Product Marketing Manager
ATEBRK1 22 Ask the Experts: Identity and endpoint management–a strong foundation for Zero Trust and profitability Gideon Bibliowicz–Director of Product Cedric Depaepe–Security Architect/ Partner Adam Harbour–Product marketing Manager Irina Nechaeva–Sr. Director, Product Marketing Patrick Payette–Sr. Partner Marketing Manager
ATEBRK1 22 -R1 Ask the Experts: Identity and endpoint management–a strong foundation for Zero Trust and profitability( R1) Harish Aitharaju–Principal Program Manager Cedric Depaepe–Security Architect/ Partner Adam Harbour–Product Marketing Manager Gideon Bibliowicz–Director of Product Marketing Irina Nechaeva–Sr. Director, Product Marketing Patrick Payette–Sr. Partner Marketing Manager
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