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Partial screenshot of a code-level analysis of a Hive sample.

Hive ransomware gets upgrades in Rust

Hive ransomware is only about one year old, having been first observed in June 2021, but it has grown into one of the most prevalent ransomware payloads in the ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) ecosystem. With its latest variant carrying several major upgrades, ... continue reading

Detecting malicious key extractions by compromised identities for Azure Cosmos DB

Azure Cosmos DB is a fully managed NoSQL cloud database service for modern app development. It offers a variety of advanced built-in features, such as automatic worldwide data replication, lightning-fast response types, and a variety of APIs. In this blog ... continue reading
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Securing your IoT with Edge Secured-core devices

A recent study conducted by Microsoft in partnership with Ponemon Institute included a survey of companies that have adopted IoT solutions and 65 percent of them mentioned that security is a top priority when implementing IoT. Attacks targeting IoT devices ... continue reading
Screenshot of BlackCat ransomware deployment options and subcommands with corresponding descriptions.

The many lives of BlackCat ransomware

The BlackCat ransomware, also known as ALPHV, is a prevalent threat and a prime example of the growing ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) gig economy. It’s noteworthy due to its unconventional programming language (Rust), multiple target devices and possible entry points, and affiliation ... continue reading
Managing, governing, and securing identities for apps and services

Managing, governing, and securing identities for apps and services

Hi everyone, When we talk to customers, we often get to dig deep into the details of marquee Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) features like conditional access, identity protection, and identity governance to secure user population. We know that for ... continue reading
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A Light Overview of Microsoft Security Products

Hi, Alan here today to lightly cover something I have been asked by customers in regard to Microsoft’s security products....and that is “what defender products does Microsoft have and what are they used for?”. Well, it’s a good question, so ... continue reading
Vasu Jakkal and Joy Chik sit together and discuss new Microsoft Entra product family.

Secure access for a connected world—meet Microsoft Entra

What could the world achieve if we had trust in every digital experience and interaction? This question has inspired us to think differently about identity and access, and today, we’re announcing our expanded vision for how we will help provide ... continue reading
Phases of risk management listed as identification, assessment, response, and monitoring and reporting.

How to improve risk management using Zero Trust architecture

“Compliance is all about risk management and lessening risk, and the same is true of Zero Trust.” —Abbas Kudrati What’s risk management and why is it important? Risk management, the process of developing a strategy for addressing risk throughout its ... continue reading
A histogram that presents the number of attacks observed from January 2019 to April 2021, to show prevalence. This chart is originally from the MITRE Sightings Ecosystem project.

Center for Threat-Informed Defense, Microsoft, and industry partners streamline MITRE ATT&CK® matrix evaluation for defenders

The MITRE Center for Threat-Informed Defense, Microsoft, and other industry partners collaborated on a project that created a repeatable methodology for developing a top MITRE ATT&CK® techniques list. The method aims to facilitate navigation of the ATT&CK framework, which could ... continue reading
Diagram showing the relationship between players in the ransomware-as-a-service affiliate model. Access brokers compromise networks and persist on systems. The RaaS operator develops and maintain tools. The RaaS affiliate performs the attack.

Ransomware-as-a-service: Understanding the cybercrime gig economy and how to protect yourself

Microsoft processes 24 trillion signals every 24 hours, and we have blocked billions of attacks in the last year alone. Microsoft Security tracks more than 35 unique ransomware families and 250 unique threat actors across observed nation-state, ransomware, and criminal ... continue reading