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Security at high tech companies poses the ultimate challenge in balance: Ensure the organization is protected, yet don’t get in the way of innovation, deployment or development.

As a sector that is rich in intellectual property (IP), high tech is a prime target for data theft. But beyond protecting IP, you’re also protecting your company’s ability to deliver its service, with respect to things like ransomware or DDoS. High tech companies, especially larger organizations, are even more likely to be exposed to supply chain attacks — and may even have their own technology used in attacks by nefarious organizations.


Innovative Tech Entices Sophisticated Threat Actors

The high-tech industry attracts more high-capability threat actors than any other industry. Threat actors may be actively engaging in IP theft for commercial and competitive advantage. We know that resourceful actors will leverage company insiders and disgruntled employees.

Over the past year, when password manager companies were compromised and made headlines, it was for attackers who were stealing source code or customer password vaults. Those breaches were often then used for multi-stage attacks, so targeted campaigns are in play against them. And any compromise of the company’s product or service extends into their client base.

Whether your company’s data is in the cloud, on premises or a hybrid of the two, your company at risk, because you’re still using a service, or a server that lives in a data center somewhere.


Risk Management Requires Pragmatism

Innovation is driven by hungry start-ups eager to launch the next big idea. They may intend to sell to private equity firms or to other tech companies that buy them to accelerate innovation through mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Effective M&A requires due diligence.

But too often, companies don’t conduct their due diligence effectively, and the process itself can be rife with risk. The risk of failing to identify bad actors.

Worse yet, is not noticing underlying risks in the product code of an acquisition target that can have a negative impact if those risks aren’t inspected properly.

High tech CISOs need to be able to understand the risks that can be tolerated. Understanding which risks are acceptable — and allow the product to get out the door — takes experience and a particular set of skills.


High Tech Challenges Demand Secure Solutions

Pace of Innovation

High tech moves fast — so security can’t slow down development. Companies often end up with a division of developers vs. operations.

Dynamic Workforce

Given the need to scale up and down on occasion, a dynamic, almost fluid workforce is common in high tech companies. The widespread use of contractors, with lots of people moving in and out of these organizations, means the risk is constantly shifting, too.

Disparate Tool Sets

A dynamic workforce often results in disparate tool sets, meaning you have lots of developers working in a non-standardized way. Protecting a non-standard kind of work pattern becomes an increasing challenge.

Delivery Supply Chain

IP is the most treasured asset in high tech. Many in these companies understand the tech they’ve made, but they may not understand the delivery supply chain — from hosted AWS to the downstream delivery of their service — and the risks along the way.


Visibility That Enables Faster Response

Ontinue ION provides visibility. That’s truer by an order of magnitude in a Microsoft environment than in others. You can see what incidents are happening, the configuration, the threat posture. And if done properly, engage a very rapid response capability. Ontinue ION is an MXDR service built to make Security teams faster, more proactive, and more efficient.


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Nonstop SecOps

But Ontinue ION is more than MXDR — it’s nonstop SecOps. Operationalizing security requires new, innovative capabilities that go beyond conventional MDR features. 

AI-Driven Automation

High-tech companies must protect their valuable IP — and when responding to an attack, speed is everything. Ontinue ION leverages AI-driven automation to accelerate security options tasks — including incident triage. In the ION Cyber Defense Center, our Data Science team measures every aspect of your operations to identify areas to automate and optimize.

Real-Time Collaboration in Microsoft Teams

Protecting your intellectual property while enabling innovation is a 24/7 endeavor. Interact with Ontinue ION through Microsoft Teams and get immediate answers. Our Cyber Defenders respond in real time, using the collaboration tool you already have access to. So you get the information you need, when you need it.

Risk-Based, Localized Protection

We gain a deep understanding of your environment to tailor our detection and response to your organization. Your Cyber Advisor regularly assesses your environment to understand key areas of risk, basing responses on their relative impact on your organization to minimize disruption.

Specialized Microsoft Expertise

Ontinue ION is built to leverage every component of the Microsoft security and collaboration ecosystem. We focus on building capabilities like Adaptive Coverage and our SecOps Cost Optimization, so you can experience the benefits of new features in Microsoft Defender and optimize your Microsoft Sentinel spend.


Built for Microsoft

Ontinue ION is purpose-built to use an organization’s existing Microsoft security and collaboration product portfolio – including Microsoft Sentinel, the Microsoft Defender suite, and Microsoft Teams. No need to deploy additional technology.

Ontinue ION is the MXDR service of choice for Microsoft security customers that want to accelerate MTTR, proactively reduce risk, and reduce costs. ION combines a cloud-native platform, AI-driven automation, and designated security and Microsoft expertise to get faster at detection and response and prevent threats. All while optimizing your Microsoft security tools.

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