Cybersecurity is a hot topic today. We continue to see cybersecurity threats evolve and the widespread shift to remote work over the past year has stretched teams and opened new vectors, amplifying the need for airtight cyber defenses.
As Microsoft CVP Vasu Jakkal said the potential toll of a data breach “is not just in the financial cost to governments, organizations, and individuals, but it’s that very human cost in time, in peace of mind, and a loss of the sense of control over one’s environment.” As our customers become increasingly aware of this ever-mounting risk, they’re turning to our partner network for the solutions and guidance they need to stay protected. This opens a major opportunity to help them adopt a Zero Trust framework, build cyber resilience, and manage their organizational risk.
To help you meet the ever-evolving needs of your customers, constantly investing to improve the security tools and guidance is needed. Below, are notable security, compliance and identity-related announcements from Microsoft this year.
Within Security, we highlighted new integrated and modernized capabilities across Microsoft Defender and Microsoft Azure Sentinel, including:
- Azure Sentinel and Microsoft 365 Defender now share incidents, schema, and user experiences to simplify investigations end-to-end.
- Customers of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and Microsoft Defender for Office 365 can now investigate and remediate threats directly inside the Microsoft 365 Defender portal.
- There are new Threat Analytics experience previews available inside Microsoft 365 Defender, which deliver expert guidance from Microsoft security researchers to help security teams understand, prevent, and mitigate active threats.
- Bringing Secured-core to Windows Server and Edge devices to help minimize risk from firmware vulnerabilities and advanced malware in IoT and hybrid cloud environments.
For Compliance, we unveiled new capabilities in Microsoft Information Protection, including:
- Co-authoring protected documents.
- Microsoft 365 Insider Risk Management Analytics, which offers greater insight into insider risks.
- New data loss prevention (DLP) support for Chrome browsers and on-premises file repositories.
- Increased visibility in Azure Purview so organizations can scan and classify sensitive data in AWS Simple Storage Services (S3), SAP ECC, SAP S4/HANA, and Oracle Database.
In Identity, we announced:
- The general availability of password less authentication with Microsoft Azure Active Directory, which provides new ways to help customers strengthen their Zero Trust defenses in the era of hybrid work.
- Public preview of Conditional Access authentication context.
- The upcoming public preview of Azure Active Directory verifiable credentials.
The cyber landscape will continue to evolve, and it’s never been more important for organizations—of all shapes, sizes, and industries—to be ready to fight off attackers. We’re committed to working with you to help protect our customers and the full Microsoft ecosystem.
- Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate
- Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate
- Microsoft Certified: Security Operations Analyst Associate
- Microsoft Certified: Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals
- Microsoft Certified: Information Protection Administrator Associate
- Microsoft Certified: Identity and Access Administrator Associate
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