Sophos Partners with Tenable

Rob Harrison

The newly launched Sophos Managed Risk Service is a fully Managed Solution Provides Visibility, Risk Monitoring, Prioritization, Investigation, and Proactive Notification to Prevent Cyberattacks.

Sophos has entered into a strategic partnership with Tenable to provide Sophos Managed Risk, a vulnerability and attack surface management service. The new service includes a specialized team from Sophos who use Tenable’s exposure management technology. They work together with security experts from Sophos Managed Detection and Response (MDR) to offer visibility into attack surfaces, ongoing monitoring of risks, prioritization of vulnerabilities, investigation, and proactive notifications aimed at stopping cyberattacks.

The modern attack surface has expanded beyond traditional on-premises IT boundaries, with organizations operating frequently unknown numbers of external and internet-facing assets that are unpatched or under protected, leaving them vulnerable to cyberattackers. The Sophos Managed Risk service can assess an organization’s external attack surface, prioritize the riskiest exposures, such as open RDP, and provide tailored remediation guidance to help eliminate blind spots and stay ahead of potentially devastating attacks.

“We can now help organizations identify and prioritize the remediation of vulnerabilities in external assets, devices and software that are often overlooked. We know from Sophos’ worldwide survey data that 32% of ransomware attacks start with an unpatched vulnerability and that these attacks are the most expensive to remediate. The ideal security layers to prevent these issues include an active approach to improving security postures by minimizing the chances of a breach with Sophos Managed Risk, Sophos Endpoint, and 24×7 Sophos MDR coverage,” said Rob Harrison, senior vice president for endpoint and security operations product management at Sophos. 

“While the latest zero day may dominate the headlines, the biggest threat to organizations, by a large margin, is still known vulnerabilities – or vulnerabilities for which patches are readily available. A winning approach includes risk-based prioritization with context-driven analytics to proactively address exposures before they become a problem. Sophos Managed Risk, powered by the Tenable One Exposure Management Platform, delivers outsourced preventive risk management, enabling organizations to anticipate attacks and reduce cyber risk,” said Greg Goetz, Vice President of Global Strategic Partners and MSSP, Tenable. 

Sophos Managed Risk is available as an extended service with Sophos MDR, which already protects more than 21,000 organizations globally. The Sophos Managed Risk team is Tenable-certified and works closely with Sophos MDR to share essential information about zero-days, known vulnerabilities and exposure risks to assess and investigate possibly exploited environments.

Organizations benefit through regular interaction, including scheduled meetings with Sophos experts to review recent discoveries, insights into the current threat landscape, and recommendations for remediation and prioritizing actions. Additionally, organizations can initiate inquiries via the Sophos Central platform, allowing users to directly engage with the Sophos Managed Risk team for tailored support, reports and to review their latest prioritized alerts.

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