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  • Improve your Security with these 5 innovations by Microsoft to Enable Hybrid Work

    Published on July 21, 2021

    Amid dramatic changes in the cyber landscape, Zero Trust is the cornerstone of effective security. The key principles behind a Zero Trust framework—verify explicitly, grant least privileged access, and assume breach—are relevant to every organization, even if they use a different framework for their security strategy. As organizations embrace Zero Trust, they count on Microsoft to deliver solutions across six pillars: identity, endpoints, data, applications, network, and infrastructure. Earlier this year, Microsoft’s security business revenue surpassed $10 billion, representing more than 40 percent year-over-year growth, and it has been recognized as a leader in five Gartner Magic Quadrants and seven Forrester Wave reports.

    Here are some of the latest updates from Microsoft Security:

    Microsoft 365 Lighthouse: Proactively managing risks and improving security for customers now becomes easier for partners. Currently available as public preview, Microsoft 365 Lighthouse provides managed service providers with one central location and standard security configuration templates to secure devices, data, and users for SMB customers using Microsoft Business Premium. Specifically, Microsoft 365 Lighthouse empowers partners to quickly identify and act on threats, anomalous sign-in, and device compliance alerts.

    Microsoft Defender for Endpoint: The pandemic and growth in hybrid work means that an increasingly diverse portfolio of devices is in use by employees. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint’s unique capabilities are expanding to additional platforms to strengthen customers’ abilities to monitor and improve their security posture. Threat and vulnerability management capabilities are now generally available for Linux operating systems, in addition to existing support for macOS and Windows. Microsoft Tunnel VPN support on Android devices is also generally available, enabling organizations to deliver both mobile threat defense and access to on-premises resources within a unified experience in a single security app. 

    Microsoft Cloud App Security: The growing number of cloud apps makes it challenging to gain deeper insights across all apps. The app governance add-on feature to Microsoft Cloud App Security, now available as public preview, can help solve this problem. App governance can be used to monitor, protect, and govern Microsoft 365 apps and quickly identify, alert, and prevent risky app behaviors.

    Role-Based Access Control: A comprehensive security approach is not just about defending against external attacks but also about addressing insider risks. An extension of the priority user group capability in Insider Risk Management is by including fine-grained role-based access control (RBAC), now available as public preview. It adds permissions to priority user groups to further limit alerts and cases to specific individuals instead of the whole group.

    Universal Regulatory Assessment Templates: Compliance Manager simplifies compliance and helps reduces risks by enabling organizations to assess, monitor, and improve their compliance posture for their Microsoft 365 data. There are more than 300 Universal regulatory assessment templates available now for managing customers’ compliance posture across different non-Microsoft clouds and apps.