Johannesburg, 06 Jan 2021
BUI is pleased to announce it has joined the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA), a global ecosystem of independent software vendors and managed security service providers that have integrated their solutions to help customers better defend against a world of evolving cyber security threats.
MISA was launched in 2018 with 26 members. Today, just over 160 industry leaders from across the international cyber security spectrum work together to share threat intelligence, extend solution capabilities and increase customer protection.
MISA membership is by invitation only. Organisations must be nominated by Microsoft, and must demonstrate integrations that support the goal of improving enterprise security. BUI was selected to join the association as a managed security service provider, for its NettProtect vulnerability scanning solution and turnkey add-ons to its Cyber SoC packages, as well as its Microsoft Defender for Endpoint managed service, which is geared to reinforce network security through next-generation detection, investigation and threat-hunting.
“We are very proud to be part of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association,” says BUI Managing Director Ryan Roseveare. “Our MISA membership not only deepens our longstanding relationship with Microsoft, but also opens the door for our specialists to collaborate with some of the top security professionals in the world. We are excited to share our expertise with our new peers. And we look forward to delivering even more value to our customers, through innovative security offerings that meet their business needs.”
The BUI Cyber Security Operations Center (Cyber SoC) integrates with Microsoft Azure Sentinel, a cloud-native, AI-based security information and event management solution, to make threat detection and response smarter and faster. The state-of-the-art facility is the first of its kind in Africa, and harnesses Microsoft security resources to monitor enterprise networks, servers, endpoints, databases and applications.
“The success of our Cyber SoC lies in the combination of cutting-edge technology and industry-leading skills,” declares Roseveare. “We have created a compelling solution by reducing the cost and complexity of managed security services, and by giving our customers value-driven add-ons, like our Cyber SoC Panic Button for emergency assistance,” he notes.
“The Microsoft Intelligent Security Association has grown into a vibrant ecosystem comprised of the most reliable and trusted security software vendors across the globe. Our members, like BUI, share Microsoft’s commitment to collaboration within the cybersecurity community to improve our customers’ ability to predict, detect and respond to security threats faster,” says Rani Lofstrom, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Security.
BUI’s MISA membership follows several milestones for the company in 2020. Since the beginning of the year, BUI has achieved Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Service Provider status and attained advanced specializations in Adoption and Change Management and Windows Virtual Desktop. The company has also been named Microsoft Country Partner of the Year, Microsoft Modern Workplace Partner of the Year, Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Partner of the Year, and Microsoft Security Partner of the Year.