Microsoft Announces Expanded Cloud Security Services

Redmond yesterday issued a progress report on its efforts to improve enterprise security for its clients 100 days after CEO Satya Nadella called for the company to adopt a new approach to security. The report, posted on Microsoft?EU?s corporate blog, highlights new developments to secure the company's cloud platform, provide clients with better security intelligence, and facilitate partnerships with other security providers.

The new approach is focused on helping clients adopt a security posture he defined as "protect, defend, respond," according to Bret Arsenault, Microsoft?EU?s chief information security officer.

"As attackers get more sophisticated, we need to evolve our ability to get real-time insights and predictive intelligence across our network so we can stay a step ahead of the threats," Arsenault said in the progress report. "We must be able to correlate our security data with our threat intelligence data to know good from bad. And we must leverage the industry and our partners to ensure a broad, comprehensive approach."

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In November, Nadella announced that Microsoft would be making major new investments to beef up its protection of customer data. That included the establishment of a Cyber Defense Operations Center designed to provide an immediate, round-the-clock response to security threats, and the Microsoft Enterprise Cybersecurity Group to help organizations modernize their IT platforms.

Among the major developments listed in the progress report is the launch of Microsoft Cloud App Security, a new cloud service based on technology acquired from Adallom, a cloud access security broker Microsoft bought in September. Cloud App Security, which will become generally available in April, will give enterprise clients the same security controls as they have in their on-premises networks, according to Arsenault.

The company is also bringing several security enhancements to Office 365, including advanced security alerts that notify admins of suspicious...

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