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Arctic Wolf Networks

Sam Ingalls
Last Updated April 17, 2024 4:39 am
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Arctic Wolf Networks (AWN) is a cybersecurity company offering cloud-native managed security operations solutions as an alternative to a traditional client security operations center (SOC).

Arctic Wolf’s SOC-as-a-service portfolio includes managed detection and response (MDR), managed risk, and managed security awareness training. The company’s dedicated client advisors can provide hands-on threat detection and remediation as well as strategic guidance on how to harden a client’s security posture.

This article looks at the vendor’s products and solutions, competitors, channel partner program, clients, industry recognition, and more.

Arctic Wolf Products and Solutions

Managed Detection and Response

The company’s flagship solution is its MDR for identifying and responding to attacks on IT infrastructure. For organizations looking to outsource their current endpoint detection and response (EDR) or SOC systems, Arctic Wolf Managed Detection and Response manages alert triage, threat detection, and incident response with 24/7 monitoring.

As cloud infrastructure becomes an inherent part of any IT environment, the vendor also offers cloud detection and response for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications and cloud security posture management.

Concierge Security Team (CST)

The Concierge Security Team (CST) is Arctic Wolf’s lineup of security advisors helping clients with dedicated evaluations of cybersecurity posture and strategic advice. With a range of cybersecurity accreditations, the company’s CST offers log aggregation, correlation, analysis, daily threat hunting, and support for compliance reporting.

The AWN client portal allows company administrators to review pertinent security information.
The AWN client portal allows company administrators to review pertinent security information.
Read more: Top Managed Detection & Response (MDR) Service Providers | IT Business Edge

Managed Risk

The Arctic Wolf Managed Risk solution offers continuous network scanning, monthly risk posture reviews, and actionable remediation guidance. CST helps clients identify risks, quantify risks with scoring, and ultimately harden environment risk posture in a three-step process. The company’s managed risk capabilities include in-depth vulnerability assessments covering internal, external, and host-based domains.

Managed Security Awareness

A proactive security awareness program can make a difference when employee access to sensitive data can impact an organization’s cybersecurity posture. Arctic Wolf Managed Security Awareness offers monthly micro-learning sessions like videos, quizzes, interactive lessons, and phishing simulations for personnel. Topics covered include recognizing and defending against attacks, physical security, industry-specific content, and an add-on compliance training package.

Arctic Wolf Competitors

Also read: Best Risk Management Software: Complete Buyer’s Guide | eSecurity Planet

Arctic Wolf Partner Program

In 2019, Arctic Wolf shifted its product delivery strategy by making its entire security stack available solely through its U.S. and Canadian channel partners

Interested managed security service providers (MSSP) can add AWN’s security operations platform solution stack through the company’s partner program. Benefits for channel partners include critical protection capabilities; dedicated support; and access to training, tools, and resources for marketing solutions.

Industries Served

Arctic Wolf offers comprehensive cybersecurity solutions to help clients protect their infrastructure and meet regulatory requirements. The company highlights readiness for clients in a handful of industries, including enterprises, financial services, government, healthcare, legal, and manufacturing.

Recognition and Reviews

Gartner Peer Insights

On Gartner Peer Insights, AWN holds almost one hundred reviews across three solutions categories, with an average score of 4.8 out of 5 stars. Client reviews highlight the 24/7 monitoring, reliability of detections, quality of documentation, and effective technical support.

Solution Category Rating Reviews
Managed Detection and Response Services 4.8 51
Vulnerability Assessments 4.6 29
Security Awareness Computer-Based Training 4.9 15

Forrester Wave

  • Managed Detection and Response (Q1 2021): Contender
Read more: Top Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) | Channel Insider

Arctic Wolf: Company Background

Arctic Wolf Networks was launched in 2012 by Blue Coat Systems executives Brian NeSmith and Kim Tremblay. In 2014, AWN released its flagship MDR service, followed by cloud monitoring (2017), managed risk (2019), and managed security awareness (2021) services.

The growing company decided to move its headquarters from Sunnyvale, California, to its largest office in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, in 2020. NeSmith currently serves as executive chairman, while Nick Schneider, who previously worked at Code42, serves as president and CEO.

Growth, Acquisitions, and Financials

Arctic Wolf’s success led to it being the first MDR company to reach unicorn status. In July 2021, the vendor secured its Series F funding round at $150 million, bringing its total funding to half a billion dollars. The company’s four acquisitions include:

  • 2022: Tetra Defense, incident response company, Wisconsin
  • 2021: Habitu8, security awareness training company, California
  • 2020: RANK Software, security analytics and threat hunting company, Canada
  • 2018: RootSecure, vulnerability assessment company, Canada

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