Datto cuts ribbon on new SaaS Defense solution

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Global cloud software and security provider Datto has unveiled details of SaaS Defense, an advanced first line of defence offering designed to protect cloud-based applications such as Microsoft 365.

The move follows Datto’s acquisition of cyber threat detection firm BitDam back in August, which brought the Israel-based company’s cyber defence technology for securing collaboration tools in-house.

Now known as Datto SaaS Defense, the advanced threat protection and spam-filtering offering provides MSPs with patented technology to proactively detect and prevent malicious malware, phishing, and business email compromise (BEC) attacks that target Microsoft Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint and Teams.

According to Datto’s latest State of the Channel Ransomware Report, nearly 1 in 4 MSPs reported ransomware attacks on clients’ SaaS applications last year, with 64% of those reporting attacks within Microsoft 365.

To tackle this, Datto says SaaS Defense provides MSPs with benefits such as the proactive monitoring, detection and elimination of unknown malware threats and phishing attempts that other solutions miss – thanks to signature-independent technology designed to analyse the composition of a safe email, chat or document rather than just scanning for known security threats.

The offering also minimises the time to detection by preventing zero-day threats as soon as they are encountered, without manual interference or end-client disruption, the provider says.

Additionally, SaaS Defense boasts robust reporting capabilities, seamless deployment, as well as complete integration with Datto SaaS Protection to protect against permanent cloud data loss.

The provider has been unveiling the solution on stage at its virtual DattoCon NOW gathering, an open-ecosystem event that has attracted more than 6,000 registrants from 69 countries around the world.

Global availability of Datto SaaS Defense for the entire MSP community is expected in November 2021, the firm revealed.

“MSPs protect and manage more Microsoft 365 accounts collectively than any one enterprise,” commented Tim Weller, CEO of Datto. “This technology will now be put to work to help keep small and medium businesses safe by blocking the number one attack vector – email, and it actually works across the entire Microsoft 365 suite.

“We were so confident about the impact this technology will have on MSPs that we wanted to own it, and bring the talented minds who created it to work with us on our greater security mission.”

Daniel Todd

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