Datacom has secured membership to the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA) following an assessment of the company’s security solutions, certifications and qualified practitioners.

MISA is a network of independent software vendors and managed security service providers offering integrated solutions to better defend against a world of increasing threats.

“Our MISA membership provides more evidence that customers can have absolute confidence in Datacom’s delivery of high quality security outcomes, making their organisations more resilient and better equipped to meet their goals,” says Matthew Evetts, Director Cybersecurity at Datacom.

“It shows Datacom has met Microsoft’s high bar for security certifications and qualified practitioners.”

"Achieving MISA membership is the next step in the long-term partnership Microsoft has with Datacom, and reflects both companies' continued investment and commitment to provide effective and integrated security solutions to customers,” says Vanessa Sorenson, Microsoft New Zealand Managing Director.

“Having the scale, breadth of security capability and country wide coverage that Datacom can provide will enable Microsoft to assist many more customers than is currently possible.”

According to Microsoft, MISA’s mission is to work with members to “provide better security for our shared customers by extending across the security ecosystem to share signal, increase visibility, and protect against cyber threats”.

“The Microsoft Intelligent Security Association has grown into a vibrant ecosystem comprising the most reliable and trusted security software vendors across the globe,” says Maria Thomson, Microsoft Intelligent Security Association Lead.

“Our members, like Datacom, share Microsoft’s commitment to collaboration within the cybersecurity community to improve our customers’ ability to predict, detect, and respond to security threats faster.”

As a MISA member, Datacom has direct access to Microsoft security specialists to ask questions and gain unique insights into products and integrated solutions for customers.

As a result of the MISA membership Datacom will also have access to additional threat intelligence sharing opportunities, input into product roadmap reviews and BETA testing of new features and programmes, and access to Microsoft technical experts for a security hackathon — all of which, Evetts says, will be used for the benefit of Datacom customers.

In New Zealand, Datacom is one of only three MISA members and it is the largest organisation in the country to achieve membership status.

Globally, Microsoft’s security association has around 275 members.

“Customers need to be confident that their sensitive data, employees’ identities, applications, infrastructure, and endpoints are always secure,” says Thomson. “We’ve invested in the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association to provide customers with more options that meet their unique security requirements.”

“MISA membership is an essential step to ensuring we bring together the best of Microsoft’s security solutions and Datacom’s security expertise and services for the benefit of our customers,” says Evetts.

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