2016 – The Year of Monkey, an interesting US election year and a year that was dominated by a string of high profile cyber-attacks. Cyber threats are showing no sign of relenting in 2017. There is an increased awareness of importance of security among governments, individuals and businesses. There is no longer a denial and there is a growing momentum to protect against these attacks, which is evident in the establishment of cyber task forces, investment in education of consumers and increased spending by companies on security products and services. Given that the damage from a cyber-attack is very expensive to deal with, high impact on the brand reputation, and exposure to legal and regulatory risk, it is no surprise that businesses are spending on security has increased considerably over previous years. In order to successfully detect and protect from these advanced cyber threats in this new age, the defense-in-depth model is ever the more relevant and crucial.
Companies are at various levels of maturity and do not have protection at all the layers of the defense-in-depth model. With the ongoing rampant threats, many companies are bolstering security, which is great, but are primarily focusing on products that secure the perimeter, which is no longer sufficient in the era of eroding perimeters due to consumerization of technology and pervasive cloud use. Even in the forward thinking companies with “assumed breach” mindset, primary focus of security groups is to defend from external threats, but the news proves that the internal threats are equally damaging. With the booming merger and acquisitions activity to survive and grow in the digital economy, sensitive and confidential information, propriety data, and intellectual property leaks are highly probable and protection from such internal leaks is also imperative. Protection at the data layer not only defends from external attacks, but prevents intentional or malicious internal leaks. Attaining the data layer security is no longer the elusive holy grail as it was in the past. Deploying solutions at every layer, investment in developing pre and post breach policies and procedures, and education and awareness will result in a comprehensive strategy to combat Advanced Persistent Threats (APT).
Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise E5 offers enterprise class collaboration tools that empower business productivity with any time\where\device access, advanced compliance and data governance and security solutions to protect from advanced threats. Microsoft detects malicious attacks, uncovers abnormal activity by leveraging the power of machine learning and behavioral analytics. Security is integrated into every Microsoft cloud solution; it is intuitive and provides a good user experience. Security features that do not hinder usability of solution are vital in abating the use of unsanctioned tools. Microsoft cloud encompass all layers of the defense depth model and achieving data security is not a utopian notion with Azure Information Protection (AIP). Microsoft’s advanced security solutions are not cloud exclusive, they are progressively extending the cloud powered security solutions and analytics to on-premises systems via technologies such as Azure Multi Factor Authentication (MFA), Windows 10 Defender Advanced Threat Protection, Azure Information Protection (AIP), and Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA).
Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise E5 comprises:
Office 365 E5
Leading collaboration technologies – Exchange (Mail, calendars), Skype for Business (IM, Conferencing, Cloud PBX), SharePoint and OneDrive (Sites and Content Management), Office (Authoring), Power BI and Delve (Analytics), Encryption, Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
Advanced Compliance E5
Customer lockbox, Advanced Data Governance and eDiscovery
Enterprise Mobility + Security E5
Microsoft Intune (device\app management), Azure Information protection (AIP), Cloud App Discovery, Advanced Security Management, Advanced Threat Protection, Azure Privileged Identity Management, Azure Identity Protection
Windows 10 E5
Windows Information Protection, Windows Hello, Credential Guard, Device Guard, App Locker, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
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