Microsoft’s unique perspective on cybersecurity

Being one of the more established companies in IT has its advantages. At Microsoft, we’ve seen IT management and the datacenter morph and change over time. Our technology has powered and protected some of the biggest and most complex systems in the world. And we’ve learned a thing or two from all this experience. We’re bringing our experiences together into a set of insights and ecosystem of partnerships to make … Read more »

Protect your data, yes. But can you detect a breach and respond effectively?

Rapid development in cloud and mobile technologies is enabling greater opportunities for businesses to connect and thrive globally. At the same time, though, the public drumbeat about data breaches, cyberwarfare, and state surveillance can make you question the wisdom of getting more connected. With great opportunity comes great risk, but the good news is business security strategies and technology solutions are rising to the challenge. Doing business in the era … Read more »

Microsoft’s Perspective on the Benefits, Challenges, and Potential Roles for Government in Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT)

Microsoft recently filed comments with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on the benefits, challenges, and potential roles for the government in fostering the advancement of IoT, which can be read here. In addition to commending NTIA for undertaking this timely public consultation and for providing comments received for public review, I wanted to summarize Microsoft’s policy perspectives and recommendations. Microsoft’s comments encourage … Read more »

What’s Been Happening in the Threat Landscape in the European Union

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit customers in several countries in the European Union (EU). The threat landscape in the EU has been changing rapidly, and in some unpredictable ways. I thought it was time to share some new data and insights based on data from the latest volume of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report. I have written about the threat landscape in the EU many times in the … Read more »

Dream Team for Moving to the Cloud

The U.S. men’s basketball team suffering defeat, placing third even, at the 1988 Summer Olympics, in which the U.S. should unquestionably have dominated, renewed calls to use professional athletes in the games. The following year it was agreed, and U.S. basketball asked the NBA to supply players for the upcoming 1992 games in Barcelona. The Dream Team was assembled. What followed was a phenomenon like no one had anticipated. Of … Read more »

#AzureAD a leader in the 2016 Gartner IDaaS MQ!

Gartner released their Magic Quadrant for Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) for 2016 and Azure Active Directory was placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. Microsoft is the only vendor in the Leaders quadrant across Gartner’s Magic Quadrants for IDaaS, Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Server Virtualization, Application Platform as a Service, Cloud Storage Services, and as a leader across the data platform and productivity services. More details … Read more »

Survival of the most (cyber) resilient

By 2045, more than 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas, giving cities a level of power and importance unrivaled in all of human history. But its leaders must also face new challenges that once were just the domain of the nation state, including unemployment and gentrification, climate change, terrorism, and the impact of rapid digitization. Because cities wish to thrive, rather than merely survive, many are … Read more »

Microsoft publishes guide for secure and efficient integration of cloud services into government operations

Estimates show that the global cloud computing market grew by 28 percent last year. Cloud is becoming an established technology for conducting and enabling business. Likewise, around the world, public sector cloud adoption is on the rise. The IDC predicts that public sector spending on cloud services will grow to $128 billion by 2018, more than doubling the amount spent in 2014. Governments are no longer determining if they’ll move … Read more »

Hacking Team Breach: A Cyber Jurassic Park

Paleontology is the scientific study of the life of long-extinct animals. Paleontologists hypothesize about the behavior of the different species of dinosaurs, sometimes based on a few collected fossils and bones. We can only imagine how much more they were able to learn if they had a chance to observe some living herds of dinosaurs. Incident Response (IR) is the cyber equivalent of paleontology. In most cases, IR experts are … Read more »

Estonia leading the way in driving digital continuity for government services

We are at the threshold of unprecedented value creation for industry and society, driven by the accelerating pace of change enabled through digital technology. Whether it is about bringing together patient records so they can be shared quickly for better patient outcomes, or reimagining connectivity and predictive maintenance for cars to meet the expectations of road safety, digital transformation is changing how we work and live. Called the Fourth Industrial … Read more »