Palo Alto Networks announced the launch of its Cortex eXtended Managed Detection and Response (XMDR) Partner Specialization, which will assist customers in detecting, investigating, and responding to cyberthreats across endpoint, network, and cloud assets.

The Cortex XMDR Specialization will facilitate MSSP partners to combine Cortex XDR with their managed services offerings, helping customers around the world streamline security operations centre (SOC) operations and rapidly mitigate cyberthreats, based on demand for Palo Alto Networks’ pioneering Cortex XDR 3.0 extended detection and response solution.

“Securing an enterprise is a massive undertaking. Organizations recognize the need for effective detection and response across the network, endpoint and cloud but often need help managing their deployment. The Cortex XMDR Specialization will give customers peace of mind that the services they are choosing will mitigate security gaps and alleviate churn to allow security teams to focus on the most critical threats,” said Karl Soderland, senior vice president, Worldwide Channel Sales at Palo Alto Networks.

“PwC is thrilled to have the opportunity to further expand our strong alliance with Palo Alto Networks through the delivery of best-in-class managed security services for our high value, joint customers.The Managed Cyber Defence service fuses the power of PwC’s global threat intelligence, thousands of hours of incident response expertise, and advisory services with Cortex XDR and XSOAR,” said Colin Slater, Partner at PwC UK

“We are excited to partner with Palo Alto Networks to help transform the MDR space together. As a Cortex XMDR Specialization partner we combine the power of best in class Cortex XDR with our MicroSOC services to relieve the day-to-day burden of security operations for customers with 24/7 coverage. Cortex XDR’s integration of endpoint, network, cloud and third-party data enables us to enhance the service that we provide to our customers as our analysts have visibility across an enterprise’s entire infrastructure and can more quickly focus on real threats,” said Laurent Lemaire, Chief Business Officer, Orange Cyberdefense.

“As a Cortex XMDR specialization partner, we are thrilled to be part of this launch. The powerful analytics and automation that Cortex XDR provides, combined with the cloud-native Trustwave Fusion platform, significantly enhances the capabilities of our detection, hunting and response teams to pinpoint anomalies quickly, provide deeper investigations, or if necessary, immediately eradicate the threat,” said Spencer Ingram, Senior Vice President of Operations, Trustwave.

“Cloud-delivered services on the Cortex platform allow us to reduce the time to deploy and configure our offerings while streamlining operations to focus on securing customers’ critical assets. As a Cortex XMDR Specialization partner, CRITICALSTART has the ability to provide our customers monitoring, analysis and coordinated response across network, endpoint and cloud environments, for a comprehensive view of an attack,” said Randy Watkins, Chief Technology Officer, CRITICALSTART.