UPDATED 10:45 EST / OCTOBER 13 2021


New Datto offering helps managed service providers detect malware, phishing and more

Datto Holding Corp., which supples cloud-based software and security solutions for managed service providers, today announced a new security offering at its first virtual DattoCON NOW event.

The new service, Datto SaaS Defense, offers advanced threat protection and spam-filtering for MSPs with technology that the company says proactively detects and prevents malicious malware, phishing and business email compromise attacks. Based on technology from BitDam, an Israeli cyberthreat company acquired by Datto earlier this year, the service provides coverage for Microsoft Corp.’s Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint and Teams.

SaaS Defense is built exclusively for MSPs, which deliver managed network, application, infrastructure and security services to other companies. It detects unknown malware threats at first encounter across the Microsoft 365 collaboration suite, shortening the time to detection and closing the threat protection gap.

The service offers comprehensive protection beyond just email security with seamless deployment and management that allows clients to set up the service in minutes, according to Datto. Robust reporting capabilities articulate why a threat was flagged as malicious without a complex scoring matrix.

Datto SaaS Defense also provides continuous threat monitoring to offer peace of mind and save time without the need for additional resource constraints or in-depth security training.

“Time and place have put MSPs in the security business,” Tim Weller, chief executive officer of Datto, was set to tell attendees at the event. “Endpoints are scattering, proliferating and diversifying.”

“People want to work remotely, and the cloud allows IT to shift away from on-prem,” Weller explained. “That growing tech surface has provided more targets for cybercriminals. For MSPs, these changes make protecting their clients more complex but also opens up more opportunities to guide them through these transformations.”

At the event, Datto highlighted the strength of its alliance with Microsoft through a live demo of Datto Continuity for Microsoft Azure, built on Datto’s flagship continuity technology to address the gap in protecting business data in the public cloud. Launched in September, the customized solution was built from the ground up and engineered specifically for MSPs to manage SMB client workloads in Microsoft Azure.

Datto SaaS Defense will be generally available later this year.

Photo: Datto

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