New Identity and Security Innovations for your Enterprise

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For certain, Microsoft has a strong, lasting commitment to help its customers stay secure.

Microsoft recently posted the following announcement about new identity and security innovations coming soon.

Protecting identities is at the foundation of how we secure and manage users, devices, apps, and data with the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS). In a world of the cloud and devices, we view identity as the critical new control plane for enterprises and believe customers can benefit both from the visibility and insights that come from machine learning applied to vast datasets, and the protection applied at multiple layers to monitor and identify threats.

As we continue to invest in a secure future, our identity and security technologies are already helping keep our customers’ data protected. Here are just a few examples:

• Every day we automatically deflect 1.5 million attacks by challenging or blocking fraudulent login attempts across our consumer online services like Microsoft Account and XBOX Live.

• Identify over 30k compromised user accounts per day, making resulting security reports available to our customers in Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium (included as part EMS) every day. Azure Active Directory identifies these users through anomaly detection in login activities, as well as through signals contributed by researchers, law enforcement, industry partners, the Microsoft Digital Crime Unit (DCU) and services such as Office 365.

• Customers are already protecting 4 million users and 6 million devices from highly-advanced attacks every day by using Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics, which was released only 6 months ago!

Right now,  we are extremely excited to announce a new set of security solutions, Microsoft Cloud App Security and Azure AD Identity Protection that together give you a complete solution for monitoring and protecting enterprise cloud apps.

Microsoft Cloud App Security – General Availability in April

Cloud application usage in the enterprise is exploding. More and more organizations have adopted cloud applications like Box, Dropbox, Salesforce and Office 365 to reduce costs and unlock competitive advantages such as improved time to market and better collaboration.
With this transition, many IT solutions organizations are concerned about storing corporate data in the cloud and making it accessible to users across a variety of mobile devices without comprehensive visibility, auditing and controls.

That said, Microsoft Cloud App Security is a completely new service from Microsoft that provides IT visibility, control, and security over cloud applications at a level similar to on-premises. With this cloud access security broker (CASB) solution, customers can get the benefits of cloud applications, and at the same time,  gaining insight into user activity, detection of anomalous behavior and compromised accounts, and increased protection over critical company data.

Cloud App Security is an industry leading cloud – delivered solution built for today’s heterogeneous cloud environments. It works with popular cloud applications such as Box, Dropbox, ServiceNow, Salesforce, Office 365, and more. This cross-cloud approach is a critical part of our strategy as we continuously work to help our customers secure their information across their entire IT estate. We’re excited about this strategy and we’re excited to be partnering with cloud providers like Box to deliver this value:

Microsoft Cloud App Security will be generally available coming in April 2016. If you are interested in learning more and trying it out when it is available, please visit here.

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