We are thrilled to announce that Difenda has earned three prestigious awards at the 2024 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards, recognizing our commitment to innovation and leadership in the cybersecurity industry.  

Difenda has won the following awards during the 9th annual Cybersecurity Excellence Awards: 

  • Cybersecurity Excellence in Incident Response, for Difenda IR,  
  • Cybersecurity Excellence in Threat Detection and Response, for Difenda AIRO, and  
  • Cybersecurity Excellence in Manufacturing Cybersecurity for MXDR for OT

“We congratulate Difenda on being recognized as an award winner in the Incident Response, Threat Detection and Response, and Manufacturing categories of the 2024 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards,” said Holger Schulze, CEO of Cybersecurity Insiders and founder of the 600,000-member Information Security Community on LinkedIn, which organizes the 9th annual Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. “With over 600 entries across more than 300 categories, the awards are highly competitive. Their achievement reflects outstanding commitment to the core principles of excellence, innovation, and leadership in cybersecurity.” 

Get to Know Difenda’s Award-Winning Incident Response, TDR and Manufacturing Security Services

Difenda Incident Response: Winner in the Incident Response Category 

Difenda’s Incident Response service combines robust technology and expert analysis to address and neutralize cyber incidents effectively. Our Incident Response program is particularly noted for its rapid execution and comprehensive approach.  

This program is structured around a five-phased approachScope, Triage, Neutralize, Report, and Monitor—ensuring thorough management and resolution of cybersecurity incidents. Leveraging Microsoft Security AI, our RIR can execute crucial steps in minutes, drastically reducing response times and enhancing the efficiency of cyber breach resolutions. 

Difenda Incident Response stood out amongst competitors because working with the Microsoft Security AI team, Difenda developed four custom skills that streamline incident response. Enhance forensic investigations, and empower our team to mitigate threats effectively. The entire incident response process typically takes 3 hours to execute. We’ve expedited this process with Microsoft Security AI, to take less than 10 minutes. 

Difenda AIRO: Winner in the Threat Detection and Response Category

Difenda AIRO is an Automated Incident Response and Orchestration engine that integrates into a customer’s Microsoft Sentinel instance and works in collaboration with Azure automation services. It leverages threat enrichment, auto-triage, incident scoring, auto-response, and service synchronization to enhance threat detection and response capabilities and streamline security operations. It liberates analysts from low-impact tasks and equips them with additional incident context to act swiftly and decisively. 

Difenda AIRO sets us apart because:  

  • Difenda AIRO can consolidate all alert information in one place in under two minutes, assign a verdict based on security inputs to reduce false positives, automatically enroll account compromise playbooks and isolate an endpoint without any manual interaction. 
  • Difenda AIRO allows for effective coordination between incident response and broader IT service management activities, streamlining the overall response process. 
  • By augmenting native incident severity rankings with a more precise scoring system, AIRO helps prioritize incidents more effectively, especially when multiple incidents occur simultaneously. 
  • Difenda AIRO adapts and scales to meet you wherever you are on your journey. As customers layer more security technology into their infrastructure, AIRO gains access to more information and resources. This additional data enables AIRO to continually improve its ability to detect threats, prioritize incidents, assign scores and respond quickly. 

Difenda MXDR for OT: Winner in the Manufacturing Category

Difenda’s MXDR for Operational Technology (OT) service, powered by Microsoft Defender for IoT, offers a turn-key agentless extended detection and response service to help protect OT and industrial control system (ICS) devices.

As part of the service, customers benefit from Difenda AIRO backed by our 24x7x365 ISO27001, SOC II Type 2 and PCI Certified Cyber Command Center (C3) team for around-the-clock protection. 

MXDR for OT is particularly adept for the Manufacturing industry becuase:  

  • MXDR for OT services seamlessly integrates with MXDR for IT services to provide 24×7 threat detection and response capabilities across both IT and OT environments. Ensuring that any actions taken on the Difenda side does not impact critical plant systems and associated business processes. 
  • With Difenda’s strategic deployment of Microsoft Security technologies, our Shield Analytics platform can display both IT and OT data. This centralization provides greater visibility and improves the speed of triage and subsequent responses to quickly mature the overall security posture. 
  • Difenda AIRO excels at bridging the gap between IT and OT security environments. It leverages threat enrichment, auto triage, incident scoring, auto-response and service synchronization while using all the Defender XDR Microsoft Security technologies to help customers integrate automation throughout the entire operations processes.  

As we celebrate these wins, we remain focused on advancing our technologies and expertise to meet the evolving challenges of cybersecurity. We extend our gratitude to the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards committee for this recognition and to our clients for their trust and collaboration. We look forward to continuing to serve as a trusted cybersecurity services partner.