The security of the digital ecosystem companies operate in today is constantly under threat. Microsoft understands this threat and is always a step ahead and pre-prepared to protect its clients. The cloud-based solutions provided by Microsoft are highly shielded and always up-to-date. To do this, they invest deeply in the following five fields- Applications, Data, Cloud and Datacenter, Identity and Endpoints.

Security while employing SaaS Applications

Microsoft knows that with the increasing use of third party software as a service solution, organizations are putting themselves under grave risks. They have built special tools to protect their own SaaS applications as well as those of third-party vendors. Their Cloud App Security works under the framework of Threat Protection, Data Protection and Cloud Discovery to make sure of this.

Protecting Sensitive Data

Microsoft understands the importance of users and companies to have full control on the access to sensitive data on the cloud. A high tier of security is provided via Right Management Services that allow data such as documents, emails, files, information to be locked down.

 The main areas of importance under Rights Management Services are:

  • Azure Information Protection (AIP), is part of the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility and it embeds tags and labels into sensitive data, in order to protect it when it is shared with people outside of an organisation. These markers protect it regardless of who shares it or where it is stored.
  • Azure Rights Management comprises of Office 365 Message Encryption and Information Rights Management (IRM). Office 365 Message Encryption allows users to send out and get encrypted mails with ease. The IRM sets forth policy-based authorisations that secure data across different programs like Exchange, Office Documents and SharePoint.

Protecting Datacenter’s and Cloud information

Organizations are aggressively employing cloud solutions for their day-to-day use. Microsoft is constantly working to secure this space through Azure Security Centre (ASC) and Operations Management System (OMS). ASC allows for a combined security against threats to cloud workloads.

OMS, on the other hand, helps protects against cyber threats by employing the following four main mechanisms:

  • Recovery and Protection
  • Analysis and Insight
  • Control and Automation
  • Compliance and Security

Identity Security Solutions

A large number of breaches occur when the identity of an official user is stolen by another malicious non-authorized user. Microsoft employs Azure Active Directory Identity Protection which is a feature of Azure AD Premium P2 to protect this realm.

Securing all Endpoints

A lot of the workforce in companies today are working distantly, as they are constantly on the move. This is the reason Microsoft has put a holistic security plan in place to secure all endpoints.

For business to operate successfully both Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Organization-owned Devices need to be protected and secured.

Microsoft does this by employing:

  • Credential Guard – a feature that protects the device against malicious codes.
  • Windows Defender ATP-  helps to detect and respond to threats to entire enterprise networks.
  • Device Guard – a set of features to protect against system malware.
  • Intune – takes care of the security hassles with Mobile devices.
  • Windows Hello – a protective sign-in via fingerprint scanning or face recognition.

Microsoft is constantly working and innovating to secure and protect the digital ecosystem of their clients. They have all the facets and possible threats covered.

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