ConnectWise, Microsoft Team Up to Boost MSP Cybersecurity


ConnectWise has announced its new integration with Microsoft

The integration brings together ConnectWise MDR™ and Microsoft's security solutions aimed at small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

The primary goal of the collaboration is to improve cybersecurity management globally, the company said. The partnership incorporates ConnectWise MDR and Microsoft Defender for Business, available as both a standalone product and within Microsoft 365 Business Premium.

The partnership aims to assist managed service providers (MSPs) of all sizes by offering a cost-effective cybersecurity solution. As a result, MSPs can now supply SMBs with cybersecurity and business solutions tailored to their needs, ConnectWise announced.

Key Features of the Integration

  • Incorporation of Microsoft's Microsoft Defender for Business into ConnectWise MDR.
  • 24 x 365 dedicated security operations center (SOC) support, automated threat detection, and a team of over 200 security analysts.
  • Combination of Microsoft’s threat intelligence with ConnectWise Cyber Research Unit™ (CRU) focused on MSPs and SMBs.
  • Integration into the ConnectWise platform, aiming for improved IT management and efficiency.
  • Recent research conducted by Forrester, commissioned by Microsoft, indicated that 85% of MSPs view security as a growth area, while 64% of SMBs favor comprehensive cybersecurity solutions. Additional data reveals that 94% of SMBs might consider switching to a provider offering a more complete security solution, highlighting the significance of such integrations.

What the Leaders Say

Raffael Marty, EVP & GM, Cybersecurity at ConnectWise, commented:

“Our mission is to provide IT solution providers with the necessary tools and support to achieve their

goals. Our collaboration with Microsoft supports businesses operating with limited resources.”

Marty added:

“We strive to help organizations tap into their full potential with integrated security tools and services. Our goal is to equip TSPs with solutions that set them apart and empower MSPs to efficiently serve more SMB clients.”

Rob Lefferts, CVP, Microsoft Defender and Microsoft Sentinel Engineering, commented:

“The partnership with ConnectWise underscores our mutual objective of supporting managed service providers. Our shared goal is to enhance security for SMB clients, increase profitability for partners, and cut down on costs with integrated solutions.”