Microsoft recently announced new security solutions to help customers strengthen visibility and control across multiple cloud providers, workloads, devices and digital identities – all from a centralized management view. These include the extension of native capabilities of the Microsoft Defender for Cloud to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), public preview of CloudKnox Permissions Management, and new security data analysis capabilities on Microsoft Sentinel.
As businesses adapt and transform through the adoption of cloud, mobile and edge platforms, this has also brought about increased security considerations. According to the Flexera 2021 State of the Cloud Report, 92% of respondents are using a multicloud model, meaning they rely on apps and infrastructure from multiple cloud providers.
Another recent survey sponsored by Microsoft shows that 73% of respondents say it is challenging to manage multicloud environments. For organizations to fully embrace these mutlicloud strategies, it is crucial that their security solutions reduce complexity and deliver comprehensive protection.
"Cyber risks are inevitable and ever-evolving, but the more we build comprehensive, integrated, and cloud–powered defenses using automation to prevent, detect and mitigate risk, the more we can empower organizations of all sizes to be fearless in their digital transformation and continue to innovate. We are committed to delivering comprehensive solutions that work seamlessly across platforms and extend to clouds and apps well outside our own offerings so that our customers can secure their entire digital estates end-to-end", Vasu Jakkal, Corporate Vice President, Security, Compliance and Identity at Microsoft, said.
Delivering the future of multicoud
As organizations continue to embrace multicloud strategies, it is crucial that their security solutions reduce complexity and allow them to strengthen overall security postures – all from a single place. To address this, Microsoft extends the native capabilities of Microsoft Defender for Cloud to the GCP. With GCP support, Microsoft is now the only cloud provider with native multicloud protection for the industry's top three platforms: Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), which was announced at Ignite in November 2021, and now GCP.
This support for GCP comes with out-of-the-box recommendations that allow customers to configure GCP environments in line with key security standards, such as the Center for Internet Security benchmark, and protection for critical workloads running on GCP. This will allow organizations to manage their security centrally and natively across clouds.
Securing identity and strengthening “Zero Trust”
Identity is the new battleground for cyberattacks, and security and compliance fundamentals begin with conclusively managing this key pillar. A multicloud world means that the number of platforms, devices, users, services, and locations multiplies exponentially – and organizations often face the challenge of securing this. Therefore, Microsoft is offering now CloudKnox Permissions Management to help customers manage permissions across their multicloud environments and strengthen the Zero Trust security posture.
CloudKnox's goal is to provide organizations with a complete view of user and workload identities across clouds, with automated capabilities that rigorously enforce least privilege access, and use continuous monitoring powered by machine learning to detect suspicious activity.
Reinventing the economics of data
Furthermore, Microsoft Sentinel, got introduced to defend against constantly evolving cyber threats. This will reinvent the economics of working with security intelligence and event management data and provide new ways to access and analyze security data by considering all data types regardless of their location to provide the most comprehensive threat hunting solution. Capabilities introduced include basic logs that allows Microsoft Sentinel to sift through high volumes of data and find high-severity but low-visibility threats. In addition, Microsoft Sentinel will have a new data archiving capability to extend data retention beyond Microsoft's current policy of two years, to seven years, to support its customers' global data compliance needs. Microsoft will also be adding a new search experience to empower security analysts to hunt for threats effectively, as they now can search massive volumes of security data quickly and easily from all logs, analytics, and archives.
Delivering greater visibility and control
As cyberattacks continue to evolve, organizations need to prepare for attacks to come from both inside and outside their networks. Microsoft has also announced a slew of comprehensive solutions that organize security, compliance, identity, endpoint management, and privacy as an interdependent whole, while extending protection across platforms and clouds:
- Secure workload identities with Azure Active Directory (ADD), beyond its core capabilities of protecting user identities, as customers move more workloads into the cloud and develop more cloud–native applications.
- Secure payment processing with Azure through the launch of a new service, Azure Payment HSM, in public preview for payment card issuers and network and payment processors to securely process payments in the cloud. Azure Payment HSM provides the highest levels of protection for cryptographic keys and customer PINs for secure payment transactions, and more on solutions can be found on Microsoft Security's website. (Source: Microsoft Asia)