Using Intelligence to Advance Security from the Edge to the Cloud

Using Intelligence to Advance Security from the Edge to the Cloud

With the Internet of Things expanding quickly in today’s modern world, the devices and appliances we use in our daily activities are becoming more intelligent and connected with each other. But as the scale and scope of the IoT expands, so does the possibility of multiple threats to cyber security. One of the giants in the tech industry – Microsoft – has recognized their responsibility to contribute, and is even going to work alongside competition for the greater good’s security. With this, the company has introduced new security moves to advance security from the edge to the cloud. So what new features can you expect and use to improve your own business safety?

Azure Sphere

Common everyday gadgets and appliances have a tiny chip inside them called a microcontroller unit (MCU). And with these devices, there are expected to be more and more connected to the Internet. Azure Sphere is a solution providing higher security designed for devices powered by MCUs. Azure Sphere also includes an operating system equipped with multiple layers of security built with IoT threats in mind. In addition, Azure Sphere also offers a cloud security service, which includes updates and upgrades with a 10-year lifetime.

Aside from that, Microsoft has been looking for ways to improve the security of their cloud-based services, including Microsoft Office 365 for businesses.

Here are some of the cloud-based advances you could use to strengthen your security on the cloud:

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)

In the coming Windows 10 update, automated investigation and remediation capabilities are installed. According to Microsoft, this allows your system to go from alert to investigation to remediation in a fraction of the time that it used to take. This is going to provide business systems efficiency in terms of maintenance and safety.

Conditional Access

When devices are stolen or have fallen into the wrong hands, access to sensitive data files or information on the business’ network may also be compromised. Microsoft is introducing a new step that is designed to prevent this intrusion. This is called the Conditional Access to Windows Defender ATP and is said to be an additional layer of device risk-level assessment. Clients will be able to limit access to mission-critical information if risks are detected from the individual device – such as viruses or malware – giving you more security.

Microsoft Secure Score

If you’re subscribed to the Microsoft Office 365 Business Premium or Enterprise, Secure Score is a feature that determines the Office 365 services you’re currently using. It then calculates the strength of your security, compares your security practices with those in the same industry, and produces a score based on a benchmark set by Microsoft. This feature also allows you to perform simulations of cyberattacks and security breaches, allowing you to test the strength of your security.

Intelligent Security Graph

According to Microsoft, 69% of enterprises will have multi-cloud/hybrid IT environments by 2019, and the average cost of a data breach costs up to 3.62 million US dollars. With the Intelligent Security Graph, Microsoft is making use of advanced analytics and using heaps of data and intelligence to provide the users with real-time threat protection for their products and services. With the data Microsoft and its partners have, they can generate threat indicators that enable them detect to threats and respond to them at a fast rate. Truly, using this feature will increase the assurance that your operations will not be easily disrupted.

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