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Service providers combine to offer improved cloud security cover

ITC Secure, a managed security services provider (MSSP), has struck a strategic relationship with fellow UK firm Identity Experts to offer fully managed security services built on Microsoft’s security stack.

Identity Experts is a Microsoft Gold Partner for security. Through the partnership, Identity Experts will aim to expand its Microsoft SOC services through ITC’s internationally accredited security operations centre.

“This partnership enables close collaboration between ITC’s security analysts and Identity Experts' deep Microsoft security expertise,” said the partners. The alliance is being launched with a joint Sentinel SOC-as-a-Service offering that is already live with several commercial customers. The solution uses Microsoft’s cloud-native SIEM technology, Azure Sentinel, to deliver advanced threat hunting and managed detection and response. By combining machine learning and artificial intelligence with human expertise and insight, the technology is designed to enable businesses to “confidently defend against the cyber threats of tomorrow”, said the companies.

“Customers deploying these services will benefit from substantial savings compared to traditional security offerings, which will further enable their digital transformation,” they added.

Arno Robbertse, chief executive of ITC Secure, said: “We are partnering with Identity Experts to expand our range of managed security services built on the Microsoft security stack. We will offer customers market-leading solutions in the face of ever-increasing cyber threats.”

David Murrell, chief executive of Identity Experts, added: “This partnership brings together two well-established Microsoft security partners and gives organisations the opportunity to benefit from a joined-up and transformative offering.”

ITC, founded in 1995, is backed by C5 Capital, and supports customers globally from offices in London and Washington DC, the US. 2014-founded Identity Experts is focused on securing customer identities across on-premise, cloud and hybrid environments.

This April, ITC forged a service relationship with Jersey-based JT Group (formerly Jersey Telecom) that covers all the Channel Islands. Through the partnership, JT expanded its security operations centre services capabilities, including security monitoring, advanced threat detection and mitigation and response, plus early warnings of planned cyber-attacks.