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WatchGuard CEO Prakash Panjwani on Making XDR Easy for MSPs

Panjwani on Automating the Response, Logging and Alerting Process on Behalf of MSPs
Prakash Panjwani, CEO, WatchGuard (Image: WatchGuard)

WatchGuard's presence on both the endpoint and network allows the company to accelerate response and remediation times on behalf of MSPs, CEO Prakash Panjwani said.

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Managed service providers can determine how much of the response they want WatchGuard to automate based on their level of sophistication and internal personnel available, Panjwani said. MSPs that opt for the highest level of automation have virtually nothing to do behind the scenes. WatchGuard takes action, logs the information and issues the alerts on the MSP's behalf, Panjwani said (see: Selecting a Managed Service Provider: Top Considerations).

"As WatchGuard continues to add more and more services, we can keep adding more of those feeds to enrich the XDR for the end users and for the MSP specifically," he said. "It's a never-ending feature because you're constantly adding services, you're learning from what's happening in the environment, and the better it gets. And that's what's really exciting for us."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Panjwani also discussed:

  • How WatchGuard's XDR customers compare to its firewall and antivirus users;
  • How WatchGuard's new identity tool complements its network and endpoint assets;
  • What Vector Capital has brought to the table since becoming a majority owner last year.

Panjwani joined WatchGuard in April 2015 after holding a series of executive-level positions in the information security industry over the last 20 years. He has been focused on expanding WatchGuard’s portfolio of security products and services. Prior to joining WatchGuard, Panjwani spent 12 years at SafeNet, during which time he led the acquisition of 12 companies, including Aladdin Knowledge Systems and Cryptocard. SafeNet was sold to Gemalto for $890 million in January 2015. Panjwani's prior experience also includes executive-level positions at wireless security company Certicom, Motorola and Telcordia.


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Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.




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