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Local SMBs access Huntress security platform with ANZ launch

Cloud-based cyber security solution Huntress has launched in Australia and New Zealand, providing the 99 per cent with managed endpoint detection and response solutions.

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Wed, 12 Apr 2023
Local SMBs access Huntress security platform with ANZ launch
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Huntress ANZ, under the leadership of newly appointed regional director Reece Appleton, provides third-party managed service providers (MSP) with a powerful toolbox of managed endpoint detection and response (EDR) capabilities, with a focus on serving small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs).

SMBs are being increasingly targeted in Australia. The National Cybersecurity Alliance found in a 2019 report that 43 per cent of all cyber attacks were on businesses with under 250 employees, while the Australian Cyber Security Centre concluded the same.

“Cyber security in Australia isn’t just an enterprise problem anymore. ACSC suggests 43 per cent of all cyber crimes in Australia is directed towards SMBs,” Appleton pointed out.

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“Malicious actors are targeting these businesses (SMBs) because they know they are under-protected and can be resistant to cyber security change.

“A lot of those SMBs are serviced by the MSP community, who, despite being technological leaders, run into a number of challenges when trying to deploy and manage security solutions which have been built for the enterprise.”

“The challenge for MSPs is that most EDRs are too noisy and costly to manage. They typically don’t have the security expertise to threat hunt and manage them effectively, let alone the time or capacity to do so.

“Human security analysts are critical, and outsourcing to a SOC or an MDR product is usually too costly for MSPs to scale.”

Huntress was founded by former National Security Agency cyber operators, and it provides low-noise EDR solutions managed 247/7 by ThreatOps teams in the UK, US and Australia.

Huntress enters the Australian cyber industry at a time where supply chain attacks are at an unprecedented high, with attacks on third-party organisations such as Fortra and its GoAnywhere cloud solution causing havoc on a range of institutions such as Rio Tinto, Crown Resorts and the Tasmanian government.

The US-based company’s focus on the MSP channel has seen play a critical role in the response to several major cyber incidents, including the SolarWinds Orion supply chain breach and Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities.

It also has played a role in responding to the recent 3CX exploit that affected major businesses such as Toyota, McDonald’s, and Coca-Cola and took the lead in responding to the 2021 Kaseya VSA supply chain attack.

The company has expressed its dedication to providing ongoing expertise and support to the ANZ market.

“To ensure MSPs and their customers in ANZ can access the cyber security expertise and support we’re known for, we’re investing heavily into local cyber security experts, particularly across our ThreatOps, product support and sales engineering teams,” it said.

“We understand the local market, with decades of MSP and cyber security experience across the ANZ team. MSPs want a partner, not just a vendor, so we’re putting a lot of effort into cyber security education and partner enablement. We know partners want to educate their customers and offer solutions [that] align to frameworks like the Essential Eight and NIST, so we’re building the pathway there.”

Backing the knowledge and quality solutions Huntress provides as an organisation, chief revenue officer Mike LaPeters stated: “Huntress is thrilled to expand our presence across the ANZ region to provide increased security and defence against attacks and threats. Reece and team are well positioned to help MSPs defend the 3 million-plus SMBs that are the lifeblood of the economy in the region.”

For more information on Huntress, or access to a free trial, head to the company’s website here.

Daniel Croft

Daniel Croft

Born in the heart of Western Sydney, Daniel Croft is a passionate journalist with an understanding for and experience writing in the technology space. Having studied at Macquarie University, he joined Momentum Media in 2022, writing across a number of publications including Australian Aviation, Cyber Security Connect and Defence Connect. Outside of writing, Daniel has a keen interest in music, and spends his time playing in bands around Sydney.

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