Alongside strong announcements around infrastructure, SharePoint and Office 365, Microsoft Ignite rolled out a number of significant pieces of news around security. Enhancements announced spanned products, including Windows 10, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. In this third post rounding up some of the highlights from September’s Microsoft Ignite conference, we’ve pulled out five of the security announcements we’re most excited about.
- Enterprise Mobility + Security E5. Officially announced in July, Ignite revealed the October 1 release date of Enterprise Mobility + Security E5, transitioning from Enterprise Mobility Suite. Previously an a la carte approach to security, Enterprise Mobility + Security E5 represents an overarching approach, which provides users with a single SKU for purchasing security, bundling different tools together. Enterprise Mobility + Security E5, expands security to help transition customers to mobility and cloud, and adds features like Microsoft Azure Information Protection service which will help customers classify, label and protect sensitive data.
- Technically not announced at Ignite, but front of mind for the security community attending, this release allows users to manage, control and monitor access within their organization, including access to resources in Azure AD and other Microsoft online services. Available with the Premium P2 SKU of Azure Active Directory, this brings a level of security to most organizations they could never before manage on premises. Specifically, Azure AD Privileged Identity Management helps organizations monitor how admin privileges are being used, see which users are Azure AD administrators, and enable on-demand administrative access to Microsoft Online Services. It also generates reports about administrator access history or changes in assignments, and provides alerts about access to a privileged role.
- Windows Defender and Advanced Threat Protection. Last year, Microsoft released Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection. Earlier this spring, it released Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP). WDATP uses big data to detect suspicious behavioral patterns that indicate a security issue, while Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection traps malicious attachments and URLs. At Ignite, an integration between the two was announced, meaning that WDATP will communicate with Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection about any malware it’s detected, enabling it to remove the malware if found in any inboxes. This integration will be in preview early next year.
- Microsoft partnership with Lookout for Intune. Not officially announced at Ignite, but definitely buzzed about, the integration of Microsoft Intune and Lookout Mobile Threat Protection brings great capabilities when it comes to mobile. Lookout Mobile Threat Protection is a cloud service that is able to identify malicious apps on Android and iOS operating systems, including data leaks, viruses, spam, spyware, bots, adware, riskware, worms, root enablers, app droppers and more. The integration with Intune provides conditional access based on whether a threat has been found and its severity. It’s a great addition to Microsoft’s security suite and is now generally available.
- Security Groups. Microsoft announced the folding in of Azure Active Directory Groups into its Intune Mobile Management Service, a replacement for the Intune Groups feature. These security groups are for Microsoft Intune standalone implementations. This comes as a response from customers who want one grouping and targeting experience across Enterprise Mobility + Security, and means that users will no longer have to duplicate groups between services—they’re standardized into one view. From a security perspective, having everything flow through one portal is a great improvement. This will begin rolling out for new accounts in November, and existing customers will begin migrating in December.
These announcements were among many more, demonstrating Microsoft’s enduring commitment to security and evolving its products to withstand the ever-changing security landscape.
As always, Microsoft Ignite was a goldmine of information, product releases, and demos. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event in Orlando.