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Vectra to spotlight Zero Trust Security partnership with Microsoft at GITEX

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Vectra AI to spotlight  Zero Trust Security partnership with Microsoft at GITEX Technology Week 2021, showing delegates how they can mitigate threats emerging from distributed and hybrid remote workforces.

The partnership with Microsoft comes after the two companies signed a deal in July this year that allowed Vectra to bring the power of its Threat Detection and Reponseplatform’s Zero Trust capabilities to Microsoft platforms via Detect for Office 365 and Azure AD.

Despite efforts to defend networks with anti-phishing technologies and multi-factor authentication techniques, 61 percent of 2021 breaches used compromised credentials, according to the Verizon 2021 reports. Vectra Cognito uses advanced AI to comprehend attacker approaches as they relate to account-privilege hijacking and provides wide coverage across Office 365 threat vectors.

“Organizations across the Middle East face huge challenges as they try to protect their critical assets,” said Ammar Enaya, regional director – METNA, Vectra AI.

He added, “The mass migration has upended the very concept of a network perimeter to hybrid and multi-cloud environments spurred by last year’s global health crisis. Attackers are side-stepping protection layers with ease, roaming digital estates wielding valid credentials and executing attacks with impunity. They are deploying ransomware; they are exfiltrating data; and they must be stopped.”

By making no assumptions about the status of a process inside their digital perimeter, Zero Trust architectures enable enterprises to improve their visibility of insider threats. Artificial intelligence plays a crucial part in the strategy by building complicated models of behaviours, attacker strategies, and discarding signature-based detection.

“Microsoft has built a robust Zero Trust framework that establishes best practices and is an excellent guide for businesses,” added Ammar.

Further said, “Vectra offers an equally robust realization of those principles and so our partnership with Microsoft to build the Cognito-based solution ‘Detect for Office 365 and Azure AD’ was a logical step for both our companies. We now protect Microsoft customers in the cloud with some of the industry’s most reliable detection tools.”

Mohammed Arif, Business Group Director, Modern Work and Security, Microsoft UAE commented, “With the recent shift to remote work, security concerns have been propelled to the center stage for many organizations, but security is more than a reaction to a threat. Understanding the connection between business outcomes and highly secure IT infrastructure can yield incremental benefits for business such as higher customer satisfaction and brand recognition. We look forward to working with our partners, including Vectra AI, to bring our customers the most cutting-edge solutions to secure their assets and empower them to achieve more.”

Vectra will demonstrate the potential of Vectra Detect for Office 365 and Azure AD, the industry’s first AI-based detection and response solution for the cloud, at Microsoft’s GITEX 2021 hub. Experts from Vectra will demonstrate how the award-winning technique combines cybersecurity research and data science to create an AI model capable of detecting an attacker in a complex hybrid environment. They’ll demonstrate how the tried-and-true platform, which defends private data centres, public clouds, and other enterprise infrastructures, is well-suited to the Microsoft Cloud, providing comprehensive coverage across the whole attacker kill chain in Office 365.

The SOC Visibility Triad, which includes NDR (network detection and response), EDR (endpoint detection and response), and SIEM (security information and event management)/UEBA, will be another GITEX priority for Vectra (user and entity behavior analytics). Vectra will demonstrate the importance of their technology in the triad and how the three-pronged strategy improves threat visibility, detection, response, investigation, and remediation capabilities for SOCs.

In addition to its appearances at Microsoft’s booth, Abdullrazaq Zahran, Vectra AI’s System Engineering Manager for the METNA region, will present at the GITEX Tech Talks stage on October 17th at 15:50 on how AI-driven threat detection and response can detect ransomware before it can cause harm, despite the fact that current tools continue to fail in this regard.

“GITEX attracts a wide swath of visitors because of the breath of technologies on display,” said Ammar. “Everyone has something to learn at the region’s top tech trade show, even if they do not work in the industry. Given that this years’ edition coincides with the kick-off of EXPO 2020, there is a real buzz about the event, and we are delighted to have a presence with our strategic partner. We look forward to having engaging conversations with prospective and existing customers, partners, and industry peers on how Vectra technology can play a critical role in helping them stay one step ahead of today’s most significant threats.”

Visitors to GITEX can find Vectra at the Microsoft stand located in Hall 7, H7-D1.


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