Microsoft releases new intelligent security innovations

Microsoft releases new intelligent security innovations
Solutions will help businesses manage cybersecurity threats aimed at IoT and edge devices

Elly Yates-Roberts |

Microsoft has released several new intelligent security tools to help enterprises secure their data against cyber threats and address emerging threats aimed at internet of things (IoT) and edge devices.

“As last year’s devastating cyberattacks demonstrated, security threats are evolving and becoming even more serious,” said Brad Smith, president of Microsoft. “The tech sector’s innovations need to accelerate to outpace security threats. Today’s steps bring important security advances not just to the cloud, but to the billions of new devices that are working on the edge of the world’s computer networks.”

Microsoft is using the power of the intelligent cloud to address emerging threats that rely on microcontroller units (MCU). To bring security to this next generation of connected devices, Microsoft is introducing Azure Sphere, the industry’s first holistic platform for creating highly secured, connected MCU devices on the intelligent edge.

“As our homes become more connected, we place significant value on the security of connected devices, so we can focus on continuing to deliver an exceptional customer experience,” said Brian Jones, director of Product Strategy and Marketing at Sub-Zero Group. “Microsoft’s approach with Azure Sphere is unique in that it addresses security holistically at every layer.”

Microsoft has introduced several new intelligent security features for its Microsoft 365 commercial cloud offering designed to help IT and security professionals simplify how they manage security across their enterprises.

To help teams stay ahead of threats, Microsoft released Microsoft Secure Score and Attack Simulator. Secure Score makes it easier for organisations to determine which controls help protect users, data and devices by quickly assessing readiness and providing an overall security benchmark score. Attack Simulator, a part of Office 365 Threat Intelligence, lets security teams run simulated attacks to event-test their employees’ responses.

With the latest Windows 10 update, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) works across other parts of Microsoft 365 to include threat protection and remediation spanning Office 365, Windows and Azure. With the upcoming Windows 10 update, are new automated investigation and remediation capabilities in Windows Defender ATP, leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to quickly detect and respond to threats.

Conditional Access provides real-time risk assessments to help ensure that access to sensitive data is appropriately controlled, without getting in the way of users’ productivity.

Microsoft’s security products are informed by the trillions of diverse signals feeding into the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph. Microsoft released a preview of a new security API for connecting Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph-enabled products as well as intelligence from solutions built by customers and technology partners.

By connecting individual tools to the Intelligent Security Graph, security teams gain new perspectives and more meaningful patterns of data to speed up threat investigation.

Microsoft also is releasing a new Microsoft Intelligent Security Association for security technology partners, so users can benefit from the Intelligent Security Graph and Microsoft security products. Members will be able to create more integrated solutions for customers that provide greater protection and detect attacks more quickly.

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