By spending $1 billion a year on security, Microsoft went from 'worst' to 'best'
Business Insider/Julie Bort
View all Offers
- 58% OFF
Noise ColorFit Ultra Bezel-Less Smart Watch with 1.75" HD TruView Display, 60 Sports Modes, SpO2, Heart Rate, Stress, REM & Sleep Monitor, Calls & SMS Quick Reply, Stock Market Info (Gunmetal Grey)₹ 2999₹ 2999Buy On
- 28% OFF
OPPO Health & Fitness Smart Watch(WiFi) 46mm, Heart Rate Monitor,Exercise Tracking,Dual-Curved Display, Up to 21 Days Battery Life(in Saver Mode), 4.85 cm (1.91") AMOLED Display, in-Built GPS（Gold）₹ 15990₹ 15990Buy On
- 30% OFF
ASUS TUF Gaming F15, 15.6-inch (39.62 cms) FHD 144Hz, Intel Core i5-10300H 10th Gen, GTX 1650 Ti GDDR6 4GB Graphics, Gaming Laptop (8GB RAM/512GB SSD/Windows 10/Fortress Gray/2.3 Kg), FX566LI-HN272T₹ 62490₹ 62490Buy On
- 14% OFF
HP Ink Tank 410 WiFi Colour Printer, Scanner and Copier for Home/Office, High Capacity Tank (4000 Black and 8000 Colour), Borderless Print₹ 12999₹ 12999Buy On
- 35% OFF
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro 11th Gen Intel Core i5 14"(35.56cm) QHD IPS 300Nits Thin & Light Laptop (16GB/512GB SSD/Windows 10 Home/MS Office/Backlit Keyboard/3Yr Warranty/Storm Grey/1.38Kg), 82L3009LIN₹ 66290₹ 66290Buy On
This $1 billion annual budget includes acquisitions, hiring new execs, building a new state of the art facility and creating a new security group within Microsoft.
A few years ago, working for Microsoft Security was considered one of the worst jobs in all of tech. Microsoft's products were notoriously full of dangerous bugs, and Microsoft was considered difficult to work with when it came to patching them.
For instance, the infamous Stuxnet worm, an attempt allegedly by USA spy agencies, to take down Iran's nuclear facilities in 2010, apparently relied in part on bugs in Microsoft products, and Microsoft didn't fully fix the vulnerability until this year.
But over the past couple of years Microsoft has changed its attitude and its security, especially within Windows 10, Windows Server and Microsoft's cloud Azure.
Some former critics of Microsoft security applaud the change, such as Mikko Hypponen, a world renowned security expert at security company F-Secure.
"They've changed themselves from worst in class to the best in class," Hypponen told the New York Times' Nick Wingfield. "The change is complete. They started taking security very seriously."
To prove that point, Nadella on Tuesday launched a new, state-of-the-art facility called the Cyber Defense Operations Center where Microsoft will monitor security threats 24x7, tapping into thousands of security professionals, data scientists, engineers, developers and others as the need arises.
He also created a new group inside Microsoft called the Microsoft Enterprise Cybersecurity Group (ECG). It houses all of Microsoft security professionals, even if they are assigned to specific teams or products (cloud, Windows, Windows Server, etc.).
He also showcased all the new security products Microsoft has in the works, many of which were previously announced but not yet available, such as Lockbox for Office 365 (available Dec. 1). It allows companies to lock away their Office 365 files so that no one, not even a Microsoft cloud engineer, can access the stuff without the company's knowledge. The service may help Microsoft calm some customer fears over government snooping sparked by Edward Snowden's NSA revelations.
Plus, Nadella talked about Microsoft's security partnerships. For instance, Box, Adobe and SAP are baking in support for Microsoft Intune into their apps. Intune is Microsoft's device and app management service for protecting corporate data/devices. The idea is to prevent employees from sharing or losing sensitive Office 365 data, even if it's stored in Box, or Adobe's document cloud (a popular way to sign documents) or is created by a custom app via SAP's app-building tool Fiori.
Microsoft is also in beta tests for a new service called Azure Security Center, that taps into tech from partners like Checkpoint, Cisco, CloudFlare to add security layers to data stored in Azure.
That's not to say the whole world is treating Microsoft like a warm-and-fuzzy security hero. Google tangled with Microsoft earlier this year when its famous security guru found some holes in Microsoft products and felt Microsoft wasn't patching them fast enough.
- NCLAT approves resolution plan for Odisha Slurry Pipeline Infra
- Netflix continues to bet big on Korean content, announces its biggest lineup ever of more than 25 shows
- Parle Products launches a series of ads for Hide & Seek to establish the brand's identity as an enabler of first-time conversations
- Call of Duty, Diablo and Overwatch are among the major titles expected to be made available on Xbox Game Pass
- This year’s defence budget may focus on building submarines, drones, warships and aircraft carriers
- Mythology audiobooks
- Electric car Championship
- India's win in Centurion
- Millionaires Employees
- Car with Waiting Period
- Tax Saving Investment
- Urban Company
- New Year 2022
- Upcoming new laptops
- Bank Holidays in January
- Valuable NFT Projects
- Xiaomi 11i hypercharge
- GST Input tax credit
- Public Holidays in 2022
- RBL Stocks
- Upcoming Smartphones in 2022