Expel Achieves Palo Alto Networks Cortex eXtended Managed Detection and Response (XMDR) Specialization

Combines Palo Alto Networks’ leading Cortex XDR solution with Expel managed services — empowering customers’ security operations

Press releases · Cole Finch

Herndon, VA, March 23, 2022Expel, the managed detection and response (MDR) provider that aims to make great security accessible, today announced it has become a Palo Alto Networks Cortex® XMDR Specialization partner. Expel joins a select group of channel partners who have earned this distinction through operational capabilities and fulfillment of business requirements and completion of technical, sales enablement and specialization examinations. The Cortex XMDR Specialization will enable Expel to combine the power of best-in-class Cortex XDR® detection and response solution with their managed services offerings — helping customers worldwide streamline security operations center (SOC) operations and quickly mitigate cyberthreats.

“We’re excited to expand our partnership with Palo Alto Networks as a Cortex XMDR Specialization partner,” said Matt Peters, Chief Product Officer, at Expel. “Combining Cortex XDR with our Expel Workbench™ platform can help customers break down technology silos. This partnership strengthens our ability to put our automation to work, quickly analyzing and correlating signals across systems to detect and kick out hackers navigating highly interconnected environments.”

“Organizations need effective detection and response across the network, endpoint, and cloud but managing today’s threats effectively is a massive undertaking,” said Tom Barsi, vice president, Cortex Ecosystems at Palo Alto Networks. “Expel’s commitment to attain the Cortex XMDR Specialization will give their managed security services customers peace of mind that the services they are choosing will mitigate security gaps and relieve the day-to-day burden of security operations for customers with 24/7 coverage.”

Expel connects to Cortex XDR through APIs and designs custom workflows and automations to enhance Palo Alto Network’s powerful product capabilities. Weaving strong partnerships with customer teams, Expel helps strengthen their security programs – improving visibility, enhancing detection capability, stopping threats quickly, and building resilience against future attacks.

To achieve Specialization status, Palo Alto Networks partner organizations must have Cortex XDR-certified SOC analysts and threat hunters on staff and available 24/7. Partners seeking this XMDR Specialization distinction must also complete both technical and sales enablement and specialization examinations. Cortex XMDR Specialization partners combine experienced analysts, mature operational processes and proven customer support with Palo Alto Networks market-leading security products, enabling them to provide customers comprehensive visibility, detection and response across network, endpoint and cloud assets, combined with best-in-class threat prevention and in-depth security expertise.

To learn more about Expel, visit: www.expel.com.

About Expel

Expel is a managed detection and response (MDR) provider whose vision is to make great security accessible. The company offers 24×7 security monitoring and response for cloud, hybrid and on-premises environments. Expel uses the security signals customers already have so organizations can get more value from their existing security investments. And Expel connects to customer tech remotely through APIs, not agents, so its security operations center (SOC) can start monitoring a customer’s environment in a matter of hours, letting their internal teams get back to focusing on the most strategic security priorities that are unique to their business. For more information, visit our website, check out our blog, or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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