Microsoft announces new security tools and technologies

Microsoft, the US-based software major, today announced the latest security tools and technologies to help enterprises secure their data and networks.

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“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,” Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, said.
Microsoft Windows Azure public cloudMicrosoft said its Azure Sphere is the industry’s first platform for creating highly secured, connected MCU devices on the intelligent edge. Azure Sphere features MCUs with more than five times the power of legacy MCUs, an OS custom built for IoT security, and a turnkey cloud security service.

“Microsoft’s approach with Azure Sphere is unique in that it addresses security holistically at every layer,” Brian Jones, director of Product Strategy and Marketing at Sub-Zero Group, said.

The software company said Microsoft 365 Intelligent Security Solutions are designed to help IT and security professionals to simplify the management of security across enterprises.

Microsoft released Microsoft Secure Score and Attack Simulator. Enterprises can use Secure Score to determine which controls to enable to help protect users, data and devices by quickly assessing readiness and providing an overall security benchmark score.

Businesses can use Attack Simulator, a part of Microsoft Office 365 Threat Intelligence, to run simulated attacks — including mock ransomware and phishing campaigns — to event-test their employees’ responses and tune configurations accordingly.

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.

Microsoft 365 is 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.

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.

Microsoft is also announcing a new Microsoft Intelligent Security Association for security technology partners. Palo Alto Networks and Anomali join PwC and other existing partners as founding members of the new association.