Microsoft’s new Defender solutions to improve cybersecurity

Microsoft’s new Defender solutions to improve cybersecurity


Firms can view their IT infrastructure from the perspective of cybercriminals to identify risks

Elly Yates-Roberts |

Microsoft has introduced two new solutions – Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence and Microsoft Defender External Attack Surface Management – to help businesses view their IT networks from the perspective of cybercriminals so they can identify security risks and protect themselves against attacks.

The two new security products provide deeper context into criminal activities and help businesses to protect their infrastructure and reduce their overall attack surface.

Defender Threat Intelligence tracks criminal activities and patterns across the Microsoft Defender and Sentinel platforms. Users can proactively hunt for threats in their IT environments, construct threat intelligence investigations and improve the performance of their third-party security products.

Defender External Attack Surface Management allows companies to see themselves from an attacker’s perspective so that they can identify and protect unmanaged resources. The product scans the internet and creates a catalogue of a customer’s environment so they can take action to combat security risks.

“Currently, Microsoft tracks 35 ransomware families and more than 250 nation-state attackers, cybercriminals, and other threats,” said Vasu Jakkal, corporate vice president of security, compliance, identity and management at Microsoft. “The Microsoft cloud also processes and analyses more than 24 billion security signals every day. This massive amount of intelligence derived from the Microsoft platform and products provides unique insights to protect customers from the inside out.

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