HR Tech Update: Microsoft's new line of security software

HR TECHNOLOGY: The HR security landscape has become increasingly challenging and complex for everyone, especially with companies adapting to hybrid work. Statistics indicated that cyber threats have spiked at an alarming rate, and global cybercrime is expected to cost USD 10.5 trillion annually by 2025, increasing from USD 6 trillion in 2021.

Despite business investments in cybersecurity, most threats still manage to infiltrate their cyber defenses. Ensuring HR and business data are secured and protected is a serious task for any HR leader, in coordination with IT specialists.


Doing this difficult job of tightly securing organisations, the software company prevented its business users from over 9.6 billion malware threats and over 35.7 billion phishing and other malicious emails in 2021; proactively monitored over 35 ransomware families and 250 unique threats; and blocked more than 900 brute force password theft attempts each second.


To reinforce its cyber-protection for organisations, Microsoft has new and expanded security services through the launch of the new Microsoft Security Experts. Security Experts has three new managed services, namely:


Microsoft Defender Experts for Hunting - to enhance a data system’s strong security operations centre with a proactive hunt for threats across Microsoft Defender data, endpoints, Office 365, cloud applications, and identity.


Microsoft Defender Experts for extended detection and response (XDR) - a managed XDR service for businesses who want to boost their security operation centre’s capacity.


Microsoft Security Services for Enterprise - designed for big enterprises and combines Hunting and XDR by maximising Microsoft’s complete security information and event management (SIEM) and XDR stack to guard all cloud environments and platforms.


Vasu Jakkal, Corporate Vice President, Security, Compliance, and Identity cited, “As attacks increase in scale, so must our defences. It’s getting harder every day for organisations to build and maintain a full security team, let alone one with the ever-expanding skillset required to meet the range of today’s security demands.”


Human-led services and expert-trained technology are jointly incorporated into the Microsoft Security Experts for the organisations’ security, compliance, and productivity. Jakkal went on to explain, “It is Microsoft’s vision of delivering this category of services end-to-end, across security, compliance, identity, management, and privacy.”


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