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A Stronger Defense at Any Stage of The Cybersecurity Journey

Today’s cybersecurity frameworks are complex, making it difficult for organizations to create a unified and budget-friendly approach to cybersecurity operations, that addresses all their cybersecurity challenges at once. Our modular approach allows businesses to solve their most pressing security issues first and gradually add more advanced features and services as their needs and budgets evolve.

With Difenda’s Managed Extended Detection and Response, your organization is backed by an elite team of threat hunters and response experts who take targeted actions on your behalf to mitigate threats at any stage of the cybersecurity journey.

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Often abbreviated as Managed XDR, Managed eXtended Detection and Response, is defined by Gartner as an SaaS-based, vendor-specific threat detection and incident response tool that integrates multiple security products into a cohesive security operations system by unifying all licensed components. 

Microsoft’s XDR platform provides a solution for modern security challenges such as the integration of multi-cloud hybrid security environments. Microsoft XDR broadens the scope of security while eliminating silos by integrating protection across an organization’s endpoints, servers, cloud applications, emails, and more. From there, Difenda’s Managed XDR solutions combines threat prevention, detection, investigation, and threat response, providing visibility, analytics, and automated responses to mitigate the risk of cyber threats.   

Both MDR and XDR provide organizations with tools and personnel for threat hunting and incident management. Both solutions act to augment an organization’s existing cybersecurity capabilities and respond to threats faster.  

Managed XDR or MXDR extends the MDR framework into the endpoint; effectively providing visibility into the entire security environment and all its attack surfaces. MXDR includes the ability to correlate telemetry data across the network to deploy a cohesive real-time response to identified threats across the security network. 

Today, MDR solutions often use XDR systems to meet an enterprise’s security needs, but not always. Learn what it means to be Microsoft MXDR verified.  

Today, XDR represents an evolution of Endpoint Detection Response (EDR) that provides security teams with more information from the security environment, beyond just the endpoint.  

Managed EDR is focused on providing in-depth visibility and threat prevention for a particular device to protect each endpoint. Managed XDR takes a wider view, integrating security across an organization’s endpoints, servers, cloud applications, emails, and more. While EDR is a necessary and effective solution to protect an organization’s endpoints, XDR is designed to provide integrated visibility and threat management within a single solution to consolidate the security environment and remove silos within the entire network.

Microsoft Verified Managed Extended Detection and Response is third party verification status validating a vendors ability to deliver next-generation security solutions to clients, further increasing the level of protection it provides against new and emerging threats. 

Difenda was one of the first MSSPs to achieve MXDR solution status. By earning Microsoft MXDR Solution Status, Difenda has proven our ability to integrate the Microsoft Security platform with our expert Security Operation Center (SOC). Providing 24/7/365 proactive hunting, monitoring, and response capabilities all built on tight integrations with the Microsoft Security platform.

  • Microsoft Sentinel
  • Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)
  • Microsoft Defender for Cloud (formally Azure Security Center)
  • Microsoft Defender (Endpoint, Identity, Office 365, and Cloud Apps)
  • Microsoft Purview Information Protection
  • Integration of custom data sources is possible via API or log ingestion.

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Megan Miller

Megan Miller’s energy and passion for learning flow into all aspects of her work. As the Growth Manager, North America, she brings a background in sciences which she has transitioned to the tech sector in her role at Difenda.

With a Bachelors of Science in Geology, Megan is a lifelong learner who is voracious about learning anything she can get her hands on about cybersecurity. Her positive energy has built a sales strategy with a focus on expanding in the United States while nurturing the Canadian presence. She is responsible for recruiting and training the sales team. Together with the company’s leadership, she creates the sales process and the company’s product strategy in order to better serve the customer base. This ensures that our customers have a highly trained and highly motivated team to help them every step of the way, Megan has completed Microsoft SC-900 training and working towards mastering Microsoft.

Whether at work or play, Megan is fully committed. She took her love of hockey all the way to the semi-professional level as a competitive hockey player. Megan loves all things sports including water skiing, scuba diving, cycling, and snowboarding. She also enjoys time with family and reading about alternative energy, innovation, and cybersecurity.

Natasha Phanor

As the Microsoft Partner Manager at Difenda, Natasha Phanor is responsible for driving growth within our Microsoft Partnership. With six years in the industry, she offers a fresh, energetic approach, and the ability to focus on our customer’s needs throughout the entire process. Natasha has the innate ability to foresee customer needs and solve problems before they arise, which creates a smooth road for each customer she encounters.

As the recipient of the Outstanding Services Partner of the Year Award in 2018, it is clear that Natasha responds quickly to customer needs, creates a platform for understanding a customer’s business requirements, and walks them through the process to ensure their complete satisfaction.

In her spare time, Natasha is as energetic and passionate as she is on the job. A self-proclaimed foodie-extraordinaire, she enjoys dinner parties, traveling, downhill skiing, hiking, biking, and reading. Natasha has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in Dance, from Ryerson University.

Lisa Templeton

Lisa Templeton is the perfect combination of human empathy and technological prowess. In her role as People Services Manager, she takes care of our team members to support them in their daily work, as well as on their personal life paths. Happy employees make for happy customers, and Lisa excels in giving our employees the tools they need for success in order to become the best possible versions of themselves. Along with employee formation, she shines in the service delivery support domain to continuously improve the process. Her 24 years of experience in IT Operations and Service Management help her create quality and efficiency at Difenda.

Having attended the Information Systems Management certificate program at Ryerson University, and with various other certifications to her credit, Lisa is perceptive and innovative when it comes to information technology, but also sensitive to the needs of her human constituents. Responsible for achieving the first privately owned company HDI Support Center certification in Canada, she has also designed and implemented Service Management excellence programs and 24×7 IT Operations departments for multiple IT organizations, and has created corporate rewards and recognition programs to keep her employees engaged and motivated.

On the personal side, Lisa passionately supports the cause of breast cancer research, having lost her mother to the disease. She reads voraciously in her spare time, and enjoys the art of home renovation. The summer months also bring time on her boat and exploring new hiking trails.

Miranda McCurdy

Miranda McCurdy uses her myriad super powers in all aspects of her job and personal life. As the Marketing Director at Difenda, Miranda McCurdy brings over a decade of experience to the table, which includes expertise in all facets of operations, brand management, and content marketing, as well as a multitude of successful strategies for the ever-expanding digital world. She is an expert at simplifying the message the company is trying to send, filling in gaps in the information, and strengthening the content in order to create compelling narratives that strengthen the brand and developing programs that bring teams together.

With several Addy Awards issued by the American Advertising Federation Cleveland to her credit, and her never say die attitude, Miranda understands both the broader picture and the minute details that are needed to successfully market a product. With her abilities to harness both the talent needed to spread the message, as well as to create the message itself, she is an integral cog in the company’s ability to communicate with customers and other stakeholders.

When she is not building a brand, she shares her ability to fill the gaps in her community by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, and the Charleston Food Bank. In her spare time, Miranda spends time with her family, enjoys fitness and health, paddle boarding, reading, and arts and crafts.

Juliana Zaremba

Connections are the name of the game for Juliana Zaremba. As Strategic Partnerships Director, she is responsible for Difenda’s channel partnerships and the development and ownership of the channel partner program. She is also responsible for the global Microsoft Partnership, including the creation of strategic plans with MSFT contacts that will facilitate the continued growth of the business and establish certification and training protocols in all security technologies. Her role is multifaceted, as she acquires partners, manages relationships with them, and develops strategies that will provide cutting edge security solutions to our customer base. Another integral aspect of her job is to facilitate growth.

With a Bachelor’s in Math from the University of Waterloo and 14 years of experience from her previous roles at Herjavec Group and CDW, her cutting edge focus and ability to develop long-lasting relationships and strategies provides world class security solutions to our customer base.

Juliana thrives on connections outside of work as well. She is a philanthropist and contributor with Women4Change based in Hamilton. This group of local women is passionate about supporting local causes, and she focuses her efforts around Women in STEM. She is also a member of Club Italia in Niagara Falls and supports their youth events throughout the year.

When not managing the Microsoft Global partnership, Juliana enjoys reading, often reading several books at once. Juliana enjoys exploring the Niagara Escarpment with her family, as well as sharing meals and experiences with her extended family. Juliana’s competitive nature has her always trying new things, like Whoop band challenges and Peloton.

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