Technology Record - Issue 28: Spring 2023

96 VIEWPOINT How Microsoft and Infosys are working together to safeguard enterprises against rapidly evolving digital threats BINEESH BABUKUTTAN: INFOSYS Protection from modern dangers The remote and hybrid working models, while firmly establishing their effectiveness during the pandemic, have introduced a new and increasingly sophisticated set of security complications for organisations. With the use of multiple devices to access the corporate network from anywhere, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications to accomplish tasks, safeguarding identities, devices, data and applications across multicloud platforms has become critical, albeit incredibly challenging. The proliferation of internet of things (IoT) devices, diverse security products used within an organisation, hybrid and multi-cloud environments have added to the woes. Securing the customer’s digital estate with increased efficiency and effectiveness has been made possible by combining Microsoft Sentinel, which is Microsoft’s cloud-native security information and event management (SIEM), and Microsoft Defender, which is the extended detection and response (XDR) solution. Defender provides an integrated, automated extended detection and response to protect the end users and secure the IT infrastructure while Sentinel brings a centralised SIEM solution, which can enhance the ability to monitor, identify and respond to attacks. Infosys’s inbuilt managed security solution, Infosys Cyber Next, is a platform-based offering, powered by Sentinel, which offers a comprehensive cybersecurity solution to enterprises that would otherwise need to invest in dozens of disparate security technologies and specialised expertise to achieve rapid security maturity. The solution offers securityas-a-service in a single bundle that comprises pre-selected and pre-integrated ready-to-use security technologies that are homegrown or from our partners. The breadth of Infosys’ experience and service-based offerings is bolstered by a strong Microsoft portfolio that has been instrumental in helping enterprises effectively profile risks, prioritise and manage threats. Enterprises have been able to achieve success by leveraging Infosys' offerings. Zero trust enablement A paradigm shift in cybersecurity, towards solutions that follow the principles of ‘zero trust’ – an approach to protect against cybercrime – is imperative in this era of next-generation cyber threats to ensure the success of hybrid and remote work model. This would enforce movement from assumption to explicit verification; adoption of a policy-based, least-privileged access model; and designing with the principle that every element of a system can be breached. A zero-trust security framework should start with securing the people and the devices “The breadth of Infosys’ experience and service-based offerings is bolstered by a strong Microsoft portfolio”