Ontinue, AVANT Strengthen Firms’ Security with AI MXDR

Ontinue, a provider of AI-powered extended managed detection and response (MXDR) services, and its partner AVANT, a technology distributor and channel sales enablement company, have strengthened the cybersecurity protections of several joint customers by maximizing their Microsoft 365 Defender investments with the Ontinue ION MXDR service.

Together, the companies provide a tailored security service that combines AI and human intelligence to address customers’ security issues while reducing their total cost of ownership.

Despite increasing vulnerabilities caused by digital transformation efforts, many organizations underutilize the security capabilities of their Microsoft 365 Defender investments. Instead, they engage with MSSPs and MXDR providers. However, most providers use too many toolsets and do not employ AI effectively to gain a meaningful understanding of their customers.

This makes these providers poor at distinguishing true positives from false and benign positives, which results in lost time, wasted effort and distracts from real threats.

Ontinue ION MXDR overcomes these issues by optimizing Microsoft 365 Defender, leveraging Microsoft security and collaboration portfolios, and combining AI and human intelligence. This allows Ontinue to understand customers’ environments, workflows, risks, objectives and tools and deliver tailored security built around customers’ organizations, critical assets and business needs.

“MXDR providers are not created equal, and in today’s cost-conscious and serious threat environment, companies must ensure the security service provider they choose can maximize their existing security assets, particularly ones as capable as Microsoft 365 Defender,” said Pedro Vidal, VP of North America Sales for Ontinue. “Working with AVANT, we are reaching such Microsoft 365 Defender customers and providing them with the security that allows them to focus on business and not putting out fires.”

AVANT S4. Director of Security Engineering Stephen Semmelroth added, “Ontinue’s ION MXDR service is an ideal solution for our Trusted Advisors, which represent a growing number of Microsoft 365 Defender users who recognize they need to engage a security services provider for around-the-clock protection against increasingly sophisticated threats.

“Complementing ION is Ontinue’s deep Microsoft expertise, which helps our partners fully leverage their Microsoft investments. Together, we can assist AVANT Trusted Advisors in providing their customers with comprehensive 24/7 protection that improves their security postures through automation, collaboration and faster Mean Time to Respond and strengthens their ongoing security maturity,” Semmelroth said.

Ontinue ION delivers Nonstop SecOps with 24/7, always-on protection while increasing security program maturity, efficacy and scalability. ION overcomes shortcomings of traditional MDR solutions in several ways, including Microsoft Teams-based collaboration for seamless real-time communication between SecOps, IT and all other security stakeholders.

Ontinue also is pioneering the use of generative AI and automation to enable localized insights and protection tailored to customers’ unique environments and accelerate the detection and response to threats faster.

Complementing these capabilities of the ION service is the Microsoft security expertise of Ontinue’s ION staff, which enables customers to maximize the capabilities of their Microsoft security investments.

For more information, visit goavant.net, or www.Ontinue.com