Kaspersky launches MDR service in Saudi Arabia

Kaspersky today announced the launch of its Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service in  Saudi Arabia through the public cloud service provided by Saudi Cloud Computing Company (SCCC Alibaba Cloud) to comply with data sovereignty and privacy guidelines which is a key pillar of the Saudi National Cybersecurity Strategy.

Closely aligning with Saudi Vision 2030, this collaboration also magnifies SCCC Alibaba Cloud’s goal to provide an opportunity to organizations in the Kingdom to strengthen their cybersecurity posture by adopting advanced solutions and services. In parallel, by delivering on the promise of a secure and sovereign public cloud service, SCCC Alibaba Cloud further enables Kaspersky to overcome concerns of data privacy and storage.

Detecting and responding to sophisticated attacks requires specific expertise, and lack of resources can lead to untimely incident response. With Kaspersky’s MDR, organizations in the Kingdom will be able to leverage continuous AI-driven 24/7 protection while saving IT security teams’ resources for threat analysis, investigation and response. Additionally, Kaspersky’s MDR service provides major benefits of an outsourced security operations center (SOC) and does not require specialized threat hunting and incident analysis skills from internal teams. The service is complemented by detection technologies as well as extensive expertise in threat hunting and incident response from professional units including the Global Research & Analysis Team (GReAT).

“Saudi Arabia is a growing economic powerhouse of the Middle East. Since growth attracts malicious intent, we are proud to introduce organizations in the Kingdom to Kaspersky’s Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service in collaboration with SCCC Alibaba Cloud. This service allows organizations to deploy Kaspersky experts for threat hunting and investigation, and simultaneously offers the flexibility every organization and industry needs to safeguard their assets at all levels. Most importantly, MDR bridges the cybersecurity skills gaps prevalent in large, medium and small organizations and equips them with the right knowledge and insights. Making Kaspersky’s MDR available to the Kingdom reinforces our commitment to enable and empower organizations for swift response to innovative, unknown and evolving threats” said Mohamad Hashem, General Manager for Saudi Arabia & Bahrain at Kaspersky.

Emphasizing on the collaboration, Khalid Alashaikh, Chief Business Officer, SCCC Alibaba Cloud said “It has always been our mission to work closely with the best cybersecurity vendors to fulfil our mission in serving as a gateway for world-class cloud solutions and providing our clients with best in class cybersecurity capabilities to harden their security posture. In line with this goal, we are delighted to work with Kaspersky, a global leader in cybersecurity, to offer their comprehensive security service, Managed Detection and Response (MDR). This relationship will help and support organizations to step up their defenses. As the only hyperscale sovereign public cloud provider in the Kingdom, we are dedicated to delivering a secure, reliable, and scalable cloud platform that supports the diverse security needs of organizations. Most importantly, we will continue facilitating the availability and accessibility of global expertise and solutions in the region via our technology partner platforms and marketplace.”