Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today launched a managed security service program, known as Recon™, for partners in the U.S. and Canada. The new service provides partners with a way to easily offer their customers 24x7x365 security monitoring and management. Recon is designed to enhance partners' practices and margins in the security and services markets. Partners can offer the service either as their own branded offering through a white-label approach or as an Avnet-branded service. Security is a high-growth market for IT spending and presents a key opportunity for partners to solve one of their customers' biggest challenges. According to the Ponemon Institute, the total cost of data breach has increased 29 percent since 2013, with the average data breach costing a company approximately $4 million. 1 "Threat monitoring and detection is one of the most in-demand aspects of security among end users. However, offering these types of services in-house is a personnel- and resource-intensive proposition," said Alex Ryals, vice president of security and networking solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. "With Recon, we have invested on our partners' behalf to give them a way to monitor their customers' security environments without draining their resources. This provides partners with a critical element in being able to offer truly comprehensive security solutions." Recon can easily be bundled with security technology from leading security companies, such as Cisco, Checkpoint and F5, to create holistic security solutions for customers. Recon enables partners to access continuous threat detection and remediation through a unified security management system. The service features on-premise collection, correlation and analysis with cloud-based monitoring and remediation. It also includes assessment, discovery, and networking capabilities. Additionally, Recon provides host-based intrusion detection, file integrity monitoring, compliance reporting and vulnerability assessment options.