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Microsoft announces new intelligent security innovations to help businesses manage threats from cloud to edge
Monday, April 16, 2018

Amid evolving digital threats, an innovative IoT security solution, integrated threat intelligence and advanced protection in Microsoft 365 help simplify cybersecurity for businesses.

Microsoft announces new intelligent security innovations to help businesses manage threats from cloud to edge

Amid evolving digital threats, an innovative IoT security solution, integrated threat intelligence and advanced protection in Microsoft 365 help simplify cybersecurity for businesses.

SAN FRANCISCO, April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- At a news conference on Monday, Microsoft Corp. announced several new intelligent security tools and technologies to help enterprises more easily secure their data and networks against today's biggest threats as well as address emerging threats aimed at IoT and edge devices. These new solutions build on Microsoft's longstanding approach to delivering innovation that customers and partners can build upon to strengthen the broader ecosystem against cyberattacks from the cloud to the edge.

"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."

Securing a new generation of connected devices: announcing Azure Sphere

Microsoft is harnessing the power of the intelligent cloud to address emerging threats against a new class of connected devices, those relying on a chip the size of a thumbnail called a microcontroller unit (MCU). MCU-powered devices are already the most populous area of computing with roughly 9 billion new devices every year. They are found in everything from toys and household appliances to industrial equipment -- and attackers are starting to target them. 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. Featuring an entirely new class of MCUs with more than five times the power of legacy MCUs, an OS custom built for IoT security, and a turnkey cloud security service that guards every Azure Sphere device. With Azure Sphere, Microsoft extends the boundaries of the intelligent edge, to power and secure an entirely new category of devices.

"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 Inc. "Microsoft's approach with Azure Sphere is unique in that it addresses security holistically at every layer."

Microsoft 365 Intelligent Security Solutions: Simplifying Security

As security threats become more complex, companies are increasingly finding that the intelligence and threat protection tools they need to remain a step ahead of attackers are in the cloud. Today, Microsoft 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:

Advanced tools that make it easier to prevent threats before they happen

    --  To help teams stay prepared and ahead of threats, Microsoft today
        released Microsoft Secure Score and Attack Simulator. Secure Score makes
        it easier for organizations to determine which controls to enable to
        help protect users, data and devices by quickly assessing readiness and
        providing an overall security benchmark score. It will also let
        organizations compare their results to those with similar profiles using
        built-in machine learning. Attack Simulator, a part of Office 365 Threat
        Intelligence, lets security teams run simulated attacks -- including
        mock ransomware and phishing campaigns -- to event-test their employees'
        responses and tune configurations accordingly.

Automated threat detection and remediation to free up security operations teams

    --  With the latest Windows 10 update, now in preview, 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. Also available today in preview, and with the
        upcoming Windows 10 update, are new automated investigation and
        remediation capabilities in Windows Defender ATP, leveraging artificial
        intelligence and machine learning to quickly detect and respond to
        threats on endpoints, within seconds, at scale.
    --  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 365 is now adding
        the device risk level set by Windows Defender ATP to Conditional Access
        in preview to help ensure that compromised devices can't access
        sensitive business data.

Stronger partnerships to give customers more integrated solutions

    --  The intelligence data used to quickly detect and respond to threats
        improves as more relevant signals are added. Machine learning tools are
        only as good as the data they receive. Microsoft's security products are
        informed by the trillions of diverse signals feeding into the Microsoft
        Intelligent Security Graph. Today, Microsoft announced 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 to greatly enhance the fidelity of
        intelligence.Most security tools report an attack from a single limited
        perspective, offering insight into one piece of a potentially larger
        threat. By connecting individual tools to the Intelligent Security
        Graph, security teams get new perspectives and more meaningful patterns
        of data to speed up threat investigation and remediation. The new API is
        in early testing with a select group of cybersecurity industry leaders
        that are collaborating with Microsoft to shape its development. The
        group, which includes Anomali, Palo Alto Networks and PwC, joined
        Microsoft today to share their own early exploration of the API and how
        it may improve each company's ability to protect their mutual customers.
    --  Microsoft also is announcing a new Microsoft Intelligent Security
        Association for security technology partners so they can benefit from,
        and contribute to, the Intelligent Security Graph and Microsoft security
        products. Members of the association will be able to create more
        integrated solutions for customers that provide greater protection and
        detect attacks more quickly. Palo Alto Networks and Anomali join PwC and
        other existing partners as founding members of the new association.

Microsoft is partnering with customers through their digital transformation by making it easier for them to help keep assets secure from the cloud to the edge.

More information on Microsoft's security announcements can be found at the Microsoft Security News site.

Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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