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CoStar Group’s IT operations and infrastructure teams have used Microsoft services like Office 365 and Teams for years. But upgrading to an E5 license has enabled them to take advantage of their existing services and tap into Defender’s security tools.
Grover and his team drove the switch to Defender for several key reasons. They believed it to be superior technology. They knew it would be easier to deploy and manage long-term. And they would only have one system to learn and administer.
Notably, replacing their existing EDR vendor is only the first step. They plan to swap out their antivirus tool, SIEM, and vulnerability management solutions with Microsoft security solutions.
Behind the scenes, CoStar Group is relying on Red Canary’s technology and expertise to help make the transition a success. In fact, Red Canary’s vendor-neutral approach to Managed Detection and Response (MDR) has empowered Grover and his team to switch tools without compromising budget or detection and response coverage.
“Red Canary is our SOC today,” Grover explains. “Their service has been invaluable both technically and in terms of helping us to understand the strategic threat landscape. We’ve been impressed by Red Canary, and expect continuing excellence as we grow together.”
Grover can also now use Red Canary MDR + Microsoft Defender to expand their threat detection and response capabilities to include identity-related alerts. “With identity there’s a lot of data and it’s difficult to track down. Red Canary far outmatches our ability to get high-fidelity detections and see the value of Defender for Identity alerts.”