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Building Zero Trust networks with Microsoft 365

The traditional perimeter-based network defense is obsolete. Perimeter-based networks operate on the assumption that all systems within a network can be trusted. However, today’s increasingly mobile workforce, the migration towards public cloud services, and the adoption of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model make perimeter security controls irrelevant. Networks that fail to evolve from traditional...

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Machine learning vs. social engineering

Machine learning is a key driver in the constant evolution of security technologies at Microsoft. Machine learning allows Microsoft 365 to scale next-gen protection capabilities and enhance cloud-based, real-time blocking of new and unknown threats. Just in the last few months, machine learning has helped us to protect hundreds of thousands of customers against ransomware,...

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Virtualization-based security (VBS) memory enclaves: Data protection through isolation

The escalating sophistication of cyberattacks is marked by the increased use of kernel-level exploits that attempt to run malware with the highest privileges and evade security solutions and software sandboxes. Kernel exploits famously gave the WannaCry and Petya ransomware remote code execution capability, resulting in widescale global outbreaks. Windows 10 remained resilient to these attacks,...

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Adding transparency and context into industry AV test results

  Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson recently shared his insights on how Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Windows Defender ATP) evolved to achieve important quality milestones. Our Windows Defender ATP team is committed to delivering industry-leading protection, customer choice, and transparency on the quality of our solutions. In the continued spirit of these principles, we...

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Securing the modern workplace with Microsoft 365 threat protection – part 4

This post is authored by Debraj Ghosh, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft 365 Security.  Responding to ransomware in the Modern Workplace Over the last few weeks, we have shared the roots of Microsoft 365 threat protection and how Microsoft 365 threat protection helps protect against and detect a modern ransomware attack. Today, we conclude our...

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The final compliance countdown: Are you ready for GDPR?

On May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the Data Protection Directive as the new standard on data privacy for all organizations that do business with European Union (EU) citizens.[1] When GDPR goes into effect, government agencies and organizations that control, maintain, or process information involving EU citizens will be required to comply...

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Here is Homeland Security, black swans, and thwarted cyberattacks

Last week, I had the honor of addressing The Homeland Security Training Institute (HSTI) at the College of DuPage as part of the HSTI Live educational series. The event featured other prominent speakers at the forefront of cybersecurity defense, including: Dave Tyson, CEO of CISO Insights, a global cybersecurity consultant and Nicole Darden Ford, Vice...

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Securing the modern workplace with Microsoft 365 threat protection – part 3

This post is authored by Debraj Ghosh, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft 365 Security.  Detecting ransomware in the modern workplace Over the last two weeks, we have shared with you the roots of Microsoft 365 threat protection and how Microsoft 365 threat protect helps protect the modern workplace from ransomware. This week, we discuss how...

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Securing the modern workplace with Microsoft 365 threat protection – part 2

This post is authored by Debraj Ghosh, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft 365 Security.  Protecting the modern workplace against Ransomware Last week, we shared the roots of Microsoft 365 threat protection. This week, we want to share how Microsoft 365 threat protection services work together to help organizations protect themselves. Figure 1 is a graphical...

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