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New cyber security vendor bluedog launches for SMBs

February sees the official launch of a new cyber security monitoring service geared towards small and medium businesses.

bluedog Security Monitoring is based around a low cost box called Sentinel which is easily plugged into the customer’s network. Sentinel combines AI and machine learning to monitor the network, and customer reports are sent out on a regular basis.

If an issue is detected, Sentinel sends an alert to a 24/7 Security Operations Centre, where the company’s highly trained cyber security analysts can assist with remediating or mitigating network or data breaches.

“With cyber-attacks against smaller businesses on the increase and budgets stretched, SMBs are vulnerable to the cyber criminals in increasingly large numbers.” said bluedog CEO Paul Lomax.

“Whilst larger organisations may be able to afford their own cyber security personnel, SMBs find it difficult to employ dedicated cyber security staff.”

The new security firm says it is estimated that 43% of all cyber-attacks are aimed at small to medium businesses, with 60% of small companies go out of business within six months of a cyber-attack. The greatest concern though is customer data, according to bluedog.

"Recent government legislation means that even smaller businesses are now legally obliged to take cyber security seriously and to safeguard their customer and employee data,” said cyber security guru and CTO of bluedog, Tim Thurlings.

“Many data breaches emanate from inside an organisation, but most firewalls and other solutions cannot even start to address this problem. Sentinel is ideally placed to alert the owner to problems both from outside and inside their network.”

bluedog Security Monitoring will be marketing their service via a network of IT resellers and MSPs and is looking to recruit more in 2019.

“With everyone in IT wanting move into managed services, the MSP space is tremendously competitive. We provide a way for MSPs to cost-effectively differentiate in what is a crowded market,” said Colin Darbyshire, bluedog’s channel director.

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