NTT Launches Scalable, Cloud-Native Managed Detection and Response Security Service

New security analytics offering integrates threat intelligence with correlated data from various sources across the enterprise, providing threat visibility, proactive hunting, and threat response

NTT Ltd., a leading IT infrastructure and services company and parent company of Dimension Data, has announced the launch of its Managed Detection and Response (MDR) security service to help companies achieve business performance objectives through improved cyber resilience. The cloud-native, analytics-driven offering combines human and machine expertise with leading technologies and threat intelligence to reduce the mean time to detect and respond to cyber-attacks.

The MDR service is built on Microsoft Sentinel, Microsoft’s leading next-gen security information and event management (SIEM) platform, powered by AI, automation, and threat intelligence. Sentinel enables organisations to collect data at scale across all users, devices, apps, and infrastructure, both on-prem and in multicloud environments.

Using analytics, machine learning, and threat intelligence, the service hunts for suspicious activities and minimises false positives. With built-in orchestration and automation of common tasks, enterprises can respond to incidents rapidly and remotely isolate threats.

“Since the signing of a multi-year Strategic Alliance Agreement (SCA) in 2020 between NTT and Microsoft, the companies have built advanced solutions in public, private and edge cloud, data & AI, digital & app innovation, modern workplace, and now most recently in security. This latest offering is a significant step forward to identify and counteract threats relating to cyber-crime. It creates the best experience for our customers through the combination of security offerings and services,” says Padma Naidoo, GM: Advisory Services, Dimension Data.

With over 25 years of Microsoft experience, including 5000+ Microsoft engineers, and more than 10,000 Microsoft certifications, NTT provides an advanced combination of application and systems integration, advisory and managed cloud, and security services that are built using Microsoft platforms and can be delivered globally.

“Organisations are typically utilising a patchwork of security technologies that lack alignment,” said Charlie Li, Senior Executive Vice President: Managed Cloud and Infrastructure Services, NTT Ltd. “This disjointed approach has left businesses often unable to detect hard-to-find threats and lacking the necessary agility to mitigate them. Many are simply adding more security layers, increasing complexity, and generating even more logs and alerts that go untreated.”

“NTT’s MDR service helps organisations stay ahead of attackers and has a direct impact on workforce productivity and customer satisfaction through real-time and long-term threat correlation, advanced analytics, and continuous monitoring of digital transactions. It delivers a strong cyber-resilience posture, directly impacting an organisation’s operational, financial, and resource resilience,” he said.

Commenting on the new service, Csaba Deme, General Manager, Global Security Sales at Microsoft said, “We’re extremely pleased to expand on our existing strategic relationship with NTT through the launch of the new MDR service, based on Microsoft Sentinel, to further help protect and support our joint customers.”

NTT is well-positioned to enhance its strategic partnership with Microsoft, having earned the esteemed Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Services Provider status, as well as eight Specialisations. NTT is a member of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA) and boasts a strong legacy with over 20 Microsoft Partner Awards, including the prestigious Partner of the Year.

The global managed detection and response market size is predicted to increase from $2.6B in 2022 to $5.6B by 2027. Some of the factors that are driving market growth include a shortage of skilled cyber security professionals and budget constraints, government regulations, and strict compliance for adoption of MDR services.

NTT’s MDR base service includes service tiers and deployment options, as well as support for add-ons that provide additional capabilities to expand detection capabilities and response actions. Current add-ons are MDR for Endpoint and Security Device Management (SecDM) for MDR, for Security Devices and Services.