Microsoft Releases New Security Solutions For Multi-Cloud

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The company announced new ways for security teams to access and analyse security data with Microsoft Sentinel

Microsoft has announced new security solutions to help customers strengthen visibility and control across multiple cloud providers, workloads, devices and digital identities from a centralised management view. Some of the new solutions include the extension of native capabilities of the Microsoft Defender for Cloud to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), a public preview of CloudKnox Permissions Management, and new security data analysis capabilities on Microsoft Sentinel.

The company says increased security considerations have been brought about by businesses adapting and transforming through the adoption of cloud, mobile and edge platforms.

Microsoft says their security solutions must reduce complexity and allow them to strengthen overall security postures. To address this, the company says it will be extending the native capabilities of Microsoft Defender for Cloud to the GCP. With GCP support, Microsoft is now the only cloud provider with native multi-cloud protection for the industry’s top three platforms: Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, announced at Ignite in November 2021, and now GCP.

Support for GCP comes with out-of-the-box recommendations that allow customers to configure GCP environments in line with key security standards, such as the Center for Internet Security benchmark, and protection for critical workloads running on GCP. This lets organisations manage their security centrally and natively across clouds.

Microsoft has also announced new ways for security teams to access and analyse security data with Microsoft Sentinel. It says this will reinvent the economics of working with security information and event management data and deliver new ways to access and analyse security data by embracing all data types, wherever they are, to provide a comprehensive threat hunting solution.

New capabilities include basic logs that allow Microsoft Sentinel to sift through high volumes of data and find high-severity but low-visibility threats. Microsoft Sentinel will have a new data archiving capability to extend data retention beyond Microsoft’s current policy of two years to seven years to support its customers’ global data compliance needs. Microsoft will also be adding a new search experience to enable security analysts to hunt for threats effectively. They can now search massive volumes of security data quickly from all logs, analytics, and archives.