Today is an exciting day at Open Systems: we’re launching MDR+ IoT, an add-on service that extends the 24x7 security monitoring of our award-winning MDR+, a next generation managed detection and response (MDR) service.

MDR+ IoT protects connected devices used in Internet of Things (IoT) and Operational Technology (OT) applications, as a new add-on feature in response to the rapid growth of IoT and OT devices. Organizations have increased their adoption of these devices to improve business, manufacturing, and supply chain operations. But for some devices, security is either nonexistent or isn’t keeping pace, which opens organizations up to potential breaches.

By adding OT and IoT telemetry to MDR+, customers can benefit from 24x7 detection and response that correlates alerts across their IoT, OT, and IT environments. This offers maximum visibility and protection as part of a holistic security program—without the noise.

The Role of Microsoft Defender for IoT

MDR+ IoT addresses this by using Microsoft Defender for IoT and Microsoft Sentinel to triage alerts and analyze telemetry from customers’ OT and IoT environments, using the same best practices and battle-tested workflow used for IT assets. This enables high fidelity detection not only within the IoT and OT environment, but also provides the opportunity to correlate signals when relevant from Defender for IoT with signals from the IT environment, to improve overall accuracy.

By securing IoT and OT devices alongside IT infrastructure, MDR+ IoT protects IoT and OT devices throughout the entire security lifecycle—assessment, prevention, detection, and response. It also allows customers to take full advantage of their Microsoft security investments by providing tailored, 24x7 monitoring while reducing attack surfaces and MTTR.

For organizations with mission-critical manufacturing and medical technology, mitigating security risks of OT and IoT is especially critical. So for our clients, the combination of our next generation Open Systems MDR+ service, together with Defender for IoT, reduces the threat surface.

Explore our Point of View on OT and IoT Security

We recently published a four-part series authored by Open Systems Chief Cloud Officer Paul Keely, covering why OT and IOT deserve your attention, ways IoT and OT security falls short, and where to start with security IoT and OT. And finally, you can learn more about what Microsoft is doing with OT and IoT by reading our recent blog, What’s Microsoft Doing in the World of IOT/OT Security?