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Managed services software and outsourcing vendor Continuum plans to augment existing protection for Microsoft Office 365 accounts with additional security functionality.
Word of the forthcoming additions to the recently re-branded Continuum Fortify managed security portfolio arrives roughly a week after Continuum equipped the security assessment solution it introduced in February to ensure that Office 365 deployments are securely configured.
“You’ll see us continuing over the second half of this year to add more and more,” says Brian Downey, senior director of product management for security at Continuum. “There’s a lot more we can do.”
Some of the new functionality will draw on data from Microsoft’s Secure Score analytics tool, which provides potentially valuable insights about an end user’s security posture. “The challenge is the MSP is looking at those amongst hundreds of other things,” says Jay Ryerse, Continuum’s security CTO.
Making useful but easily overlooked information like Secure Score ratings simpler for MSPs to consume is a core objective for Continuum Fortify more broadly. “There’s a lot of security information through lots of different sources, and that MSP needs a simple way to manage that,” Downey says. “You’re going to continue to see us focusing on driving that level of simplicity.”
As ChannelPro has reported before, Office 365 accounts are a major target for hackers at present. Datto, in a further reflection of the trend, announced an integration between its SaaS Protection cloud-to-cloud backup solution and Office 365 email security software from Vade Secure yesterday.
Ryerse sold CARVIR, a provider of endpoint detection and response services for MSPs, to Continuum almost exactly a year ago. “It’s been a whirlwind,” he says. “Our partner base is growing at a rate that CARVIR could’ve never imagined.” Those partners have deployed CARVIR-based solutions at more than 10,000 end client locations too.
“That’s indicative of two good companies coming together with a singular purpose of taking care of MSPs and their clients,” Ryerse says
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