Ankura, a New York-headquartered management consulting firm, has launched “Ankura InterXeptor,” a managed detection and response (MDR) solution for middle market companies.
The next evolution of Ankura’s 24/7 MDR solution, InterXeptor will provide technology-agnostic threat detection, investigation, and response services for growing companies. The global 24/7/365 service delivery model will feature customized threat protection that meets each company’s unique cyber risk profile.
Ankura’s global team of analysts will also leverage machine learning to help them monitor and hunt for threats, the consulting firm said in press release.
“Today, the middle-market cyber threat landscape is more dynamic and complex than ever before. Supply chain attacks, ransomware demands, and debilitating strikes by nation-state actors are all on the rise,” said Robert Olsen, senior managing director and Ankura’s global head of cybersecurity & data privacy. “With Ankura InterXeptor, we are taking our Managed Detection & Response (MDR) services to the next level to provide our middle-market clients with unparalleled access to the experts, technology, and intel required to build a comprehensive and adaptable solution that helps them anticipate and thwart these threats in real-time – every hour, every minute, every second.”
Ankura added an MDR capability to its cybersecurity practice through the 2020 acquisition of UnitedLex’s MDR business. Prior to the deal, Ankura’s cybersecurity practice had offerings in cyber investigations, incident response, cybersecurity assessments and audits, cybersecurity and privacy compliance, cyber due diligence, and threat/vulnerability remediation.
“Ankura InterXeptor immediately deploys a team of long-serving security practitioners with industry-leading technology to serve as their eyes, ears, and hands to protect growing organizations in their ever-evolving cyber threat landscape,” said Jason Straight, senior managing director and Ankura’s InterXeptor team lead.
Ankura was founded in 2014 in Dallas, moving its headquarters to Washington, DC in 2016. The global firm has since moved its headquarters to New York.
Ankura has grown rapidly in its fewer than ten years in business through an ambitious M&A strategy. The landmark deal that greatly expanded its depth and geographic reach was the 2018 purchase of Navigant’s disputes, forensics, and legal technology segment for $470 million. Navigant would go on to sell its remaining business to Guidehouse in 2019.
The Navigant acquisition boosted Ankura’s headcount from 575 to more than 1,400 people and expanded its footprint from the US into Europe, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific.
Ankura today is a firm of more than 1,800 people providing consulting in change, risk, disputes, finance, performance, and transformation.