Emphasizing the importance of security in what it envisages as a “mobile-first, cloud-first world”, Microsoft announced its intentions of helping its customers, particularly enterprises, enhance their level of security.
The announcement was made at the Microsoft Government Cloud Forum in Washington D.C by CEO Satya Nadella, who spoke at length about the various types of threats, security and otherwise, faced by companies in a world that is increasingly relying upon computers. With this growing reliance, the plethora of threats such as malware, phishing attacks, social engineering, and accidental data loss has also grown.
We live in a world where the attacks can come from anywhere, the attackers themselves are much more sophisticated,
It stands to reason then, that the defenses should be even stronger.
Towards that aim, Microsoft unveiled a brand new Cyber Defence Operations Center, a completely dedicated and state-of-the-art facility that will come with its very own experts particularly equipped to “protect, detect and respond to threats in real-time.” As per Bret Arsenault, Microsoft’s chief information security officer said in a blog post,
Staffed with dedicated teams 24×7, the center has direct access to thousands of security professionals, data analysts, engineers, developers, program managers, and operations specialists throughout Microsoft to ensure rapid response and resolution to security threats.
The organization is aimed at coping with fight threats on a global level and as such is part of a network of industry related security partners, governments and enterprise customers.
Also, hinting at the impending importance of such robust security organizations, he added
While there will always be new threats, new attacks and new technologies, companies can take action today to address security concerns and improve their security postures. It is critical for companies to strengthen their core security hygiene (across things like monitoring, antivirus, patch and operating systems), adopt modern platforms and comprehensive identity, security and management solutions, and leverage features offered within cloud services.
The CDOC is in addition to the $1 billion Microsoft’s invests each year in security research and development (R&D). Microsoft has also embarked upon a recent spree of acquiring entities associated with cyber security. Indeed, the week past saw the tech giant shell out almost $150 million to acquire Israel’s Secure Islands — its third cyber security acquisition from Israel in 2015.
The drive to bring about improvements in security fits in with Microsoft’s attempts towards creating the intelligent cloud platform, an endeavour which would certainly require the supposedly impregnable defences the company is cooking up.