FedRAMP High: Trust is cloud security validated

The latest Government Office of Accountability report dealing with the security of high impact information technology (IT) systems continues to point out opportunities for improvement in cybersecurity across the US Federal Government. While improvements have been made, the persistence of the challenge is disquieting.  Particularly troubling is that many of the concerns result from long-standing and well known inefficiencies in the government’s current IT environment, such as low asset utilization, … Read more »

Connecting the dots to get ahead of your next security challenge

It is turbulent times we live in. The same technology that provides unprecedented global connections and productivity also provides hackers unprecedented surface area to commit headline-earning crimes. That’s why Microsoft is investing over $1 billion annually in security capabilities and connecting dots across the critical endpoints of today’s cloud and mobile world to help you keep up with security challenges. Join Ann Johnson and myself as we talk about the … Read more »

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 »

Announcing Azure Information Protection

For most of the enterprise customers that I have talked with over the years, one of the most challenging aspects of data protection for their organization has been data classification. But the majority of these customers readily agree that data classification is key to effectively protecting their organization’s most important data and enabling their mobile and cloud security strategies. Microsoft has been working to help customers with this common challenge. … 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 »