Open Systems buys Born in the Cloud for threat detection across Azure Sentinel

In order to better protect enterprise customers using Azure Sentinel, Open Systems buys Born in the Cloud. (Getty Images)

Open Systems is augmenting its cybersecurity portfolio for Microsoft Azure Sentinel by buying Born in the Cloud for an undisclosed amount.

Open Systems, which provides cloud-delivered SD-WAN and managed detection and response (MDR) services, said buying Born in the Cloud enables would allow it to better serve the expanding market for Microsoft Azure Sentinel services that are being used by enterprises.

Open Systems bills itself as a secure access service edge (SASE) pioneer, which is a new category that was coined by Gartner analysts last year. SASE converges the functions of network and security point solutions into a unified, global cloud-native service, according to Gartner.

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The acquisition of Born in the Cloud builds on the recent introduction of Open Systems’ new cloud-native MDR service, which incorporates the Microsoft Azure Sentinel security information and event management (SIEM) solution. Open Systems recently announced its new cloud-native MDR service that it said complimented its SASE solution and SASE-delivered SD-WAN offering.

“Born in the Cloud’s unrivaled expertise in securing Microsoft environments, from end points to cloud, and reputation for solving customers’ most demanding Azure Sentinel requirements, make it an ideal extension of Open Systems, a fellow Microsoft Gold Partner,” said Open Systems CEO Jeff Brown, in a statement. “The timing of this deal is perfect as COVID-19 has forced enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation and driven the need for cybersecurity solutions like our managed detection and response (MDR) services, which complement our managed SD-WAN services to deliver a complete SASE offering.”

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Born in the Cloud was founded 10 years ago by Paul Keely, who has written a book about providing security for Azure. Keely has joined Open Systems as a general manager to oversee the Born in the Cloud business unit. Born in the Cloud's 24 employees, most of whom are engineers, are also joining Open Systems.

“Open Systems’ acquisition of Born in the Cloud, with its complementary security capabilities, is a smart way to enhance its SASE platform,” said Lee Doyle, principal analyst, Doyle Research, in a statement. “This is a good time for this move, as many enterprises are looking to leverage cloud-based SIEMs to power their digital transformation.”

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