Just Announced: MDR for OT now available on Azure Marketplace

For Immediate Release

Difenda Shield Managed Detection and Response for Operational Technology is now available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

Microsoft Azure customers worldwide now gain access to Difenda Shield Managed Detection and Response for Operational Technology (MDR for OT) to take advantage of the scalability, reliability and agility of Azure to drive application development and shape business strategies.

Goodyear, AZ – April 21, 2022 – Difenda, a Microsoft Gold Security Partner with Advanced Specialization in Threat Protection, today announced the availability of Difenda MDR for OT in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Azure. Difenda customers can take advantage of the productive and trusted Azure cloud platform, with streamlined deployment and management.

“We are excited to work with Microsoft to integrate a security solution that protects both IT and OT networks into our continuous managed security service,” said Derek Nugent, VP of Sales and Marketing, Difenda. “Businesses increasingly demand integrated, streamlined security, not layers of complexity. Working with Microsoft and its best-in-class products like Azure Sentinel and the Microsoft Defender suite enables us to deliver a managed service that protects all asset classes, from OT/ICS networks to IT to IoT and beyond.”

Until recently, OT and industrial control system (ICS) networks were isolated and air gapped. Therefore, these systems and devices were not easily threatened by viruses, malware, and hacks. With the rise of IoT, automation, and lean staffing models, however, the majority of OT and ICS networks are now coming online, exposing these devices and networks to new risks.

“Difenda launched MDR for OT powered by Microsoft Defender for IoT to help critical infrastructure companies reduce cyber risks. MDR for OT offers a turnkey, rapidly deployed, agentless extended detection and response (XDR) solution that protects diverse environments, including IoT, OT, and ICS devices.” 

“Difenda is proud to be working with Microsoft to extend unified threat protection to previously isolated industrial networks and assets. As one of only 25 partners invited to partner in the development of MDR for OT, Difenda engineers worked closely with Microsoft to architect a product that is able to protect a range of industrial devices and networks,” said Juliana Zaremba, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Difenda. “Difenda is solely powered by Microsoft, which has given us the opportunity to develop a deep relationship with their development teams. We share the insights, data, and intelligence necessary to help Microsoft extend its industry leading security suite to new environments and use cases.”

As businesses seek to increasingly connect OT and ICS environments, cybersecurity is a capability that many industrial companies struggle to manage and maintain. With Difenda Shield MDR for OT, industrial businesses can now leverage continuous security as a service to protect all of their networked industrial assets, devices, and systems. With Difenda Shield MDR for OT, businesses are able to outsource asset protection to Difenda security experts, who are available 24×7. Difenda experts handle OT alerts and investigations, so your employees can stay focused on core business functions.

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“Our team worked closely with Microsoft engineers for eight months to develop this product. We leveraged security intelligence from Difenda Labs and Microsoft Security teams to develop a product that would reduce risks for critical infrastructure companies,” said Sheldon Shaw, Director of Cyber Research and Response, Difenda. “MDR for OT powered by Microsoft Defender for IoT brings unified threat protection to all IoT/OT devices. The Difenda Shield MDR for OT extends that protection beyond asset visibility to help our customers turn security information into action.”

“Through Microsoft Azure Marketplace, customers around the world can easily find, buy, and deploy partner solutions they can trust, all certified and optimized to run on Azure,” said Jake Zborowski, General Manager, Microsoft Azure Platform at Microsoft Corp.“We’re happy to welcome Difenda Shield MDR for Operational Technology to the growing Azure Marketplace ecosystem.”

Without downtime or any disruption to OT functions, Difenda Shield MDR for OT leverages passive network capture technology to automatically discover all of an organization’s assets, while also visualizing OT/ICS networks and asset relationships. Within hours of installation, Difenda Shield MDR for OT learns common behaviors, creates an asset map, and allows businesses to conduct tabletop attack testing against the OT infrastructure without compromising OT functions.

The Azure Marketplace is an online market for buying and selling cloud solutions certified to run on Azure. The Azure Marketplace helps connect companies seeking innovative, cloud-based solutions with partners who have developed solutions that are ready to use.

For more information on Difenda’s MDR for Operational Technology, join the upcoming webinar, Threat actor hunting: from IT to OT and back, hosted by Microsoft and Difenda.

On Tuesday, May 3, 2022, you have a chance to ask two security experts about other actions your organization should take to protect against these threats. Difenda is hosting a webinar with Richard Diver, Microsoft’s Sr. Technical Business Development Manager. Diver and Difenda’s Director of Research and Response, Sheldon Shaw, will discuss lab research and outline an attack-driven approach to identify threat hunt criteria from IT to OT and beyond. 

Click here to register

About Difenda 

Difenda is a privately held MDR SecOps-as-a-Service company founded in 2008. It delivers 24/7/365 security operations backed by modernized PCI, SOC 2 Type II, and ISO 27001 certified Cyber Command Centers (C3). Difenda is a privately held MDR SecOps-as-a-Service company founded in 2008. It delivers 24/7/365 security operations backed by modernized PCI, SOC 2 Type II, and ISO 27001 certified Cyber Command Centers (C3). Difenda’s managed practice is powered solely on the Microsoft Security product platform, and it holds the Gold Security Service Provider certification and an Advanced Specialization in Threat Protection with Microsoft. Difenda’s fully integrated, modular platform provides a range of advisory and offensive security services to complement customer-driven outcomes. For more information, visit www.difenda.com and follow @DifendaShield.

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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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