With the ongoing rush within companies increasingly focusing upon securing their virtual properties and products, Microsoft has introduced an all new service that is designed to identify and respond to threats to corporate networks.
Adding another tier to its already formidable ensemble of protective rings, the company has announced “Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection” for its Windows 10 platform. The feature is aimed at minimizing the damage and stopping the attack in a scenario where a breach into the Windows 10 defenses has already occurred.
The system is aimed particularly at the enterprise customers, who are increasingly adopting 10 as the most secure platform churned out by Microsoft — a development that Microsoft is attributing to its regular updates and checks, as far as security is concerned.
This ongoing commitment to security has led to strong demand from enterprise customers. From the Department of Defense, which is adopting Windows 10 across all branches of service, starting this year with 4 million devices – to NASCAR to Virgin Atlantic to schools all over the world – we’re excited to see customers with the most demanding requirements move to Windows 10 faster than ever before.
However, with the advent of new technologies, the attacks — whether from basement hackers or from terrorists organizations — are increasingly gaining in sophistication and depth and when successful, not only damage the affected company financially, but also substantially mar its reputation. And with a major percentage of the worlds computers running its system, Microsoft cant really have that.
The newest addition to security, the “Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection” is a state-of-the art system that combines cloud based security elements with those Integrated with the operating system itself. Once an attack manages to get past other security details, the WDATP system detects the threat and provides key information to helps an enterprise investigate and resolve the problem.
Speaking on the topic, Terry Myersonin, Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group said,
Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection provides a new post-breach layer of protection to the Windows 10 security stack. With a combination of client technology built into Windows 10 and a robust cloud service, it will help detect threats that have made it past other defenses, provide enterprises with information to investigate the breach across endpoints, and offer response recommendations.
Interestingly, Microsoft has said that the system will also provide recommendations from “the world’s largest array of sensors and expert advanced threat protection, including a team of experts at Microsoft and expert security partners”.
The statement brings the Cyber Defense Operations Center set up last November by Microsoft to mind. That makes me wonder if the hyped about, operational round the clock center which was supposed to be the last word in security with its array of heavy-duty equipment and a multitude of brilliant security specialists, will finally take the center stage in Microsoft’s overall protection scheme.
Meanwhile, as if to prove Microsoft’s point and show that even governments with all their might and resources are not immune to terror on the web, a Microsite of the Indian railways page that belongs to its Bhusawal division and had been created as part of a much larger intranet, has recently been hacked by the Al-Quaeda.