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Decentralized digital identities and blockchain: The future as we see it

First published on February 12, 2018 Howdy folks, I hope you’ll find today’s post as interesting as I do. It’s a bit of brain candy and outlines an exciting vision for the future of digital identities. Over the last 12 ... continue reading

What’s new with SQL Server Big Data Clusters

SQL Server Big Data Clusters (BDC) is a new capability brought to market as part of the SQL Server 2019 release. BDC extends SQL Server's analytical capabilities beyond in-database processing of transactional and analytical workloads by uniting the SQL engine ... continue reading

Back up Linux virtual machines running mission-critical workloads

As organizations continue to embrace Linux, we see a growing number of enterprises running business and mission-critical workloads on Linux virtual machines in Azure. Azure Backup service offers application consistent backup of Linux virtual machines in Azure to safeguard against ... continue reading
An infographic that shows the flow of context-aware discovery based on machine learning.

Automating and operationalizing data protection with Dataguise and Microsoft Information Protection

This blog post is part of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association guest blog series. Learn more about MISA.  In technical literature, the terms data discovery, classification, and tagging are sometimes used interchangeably, but there are real differences in what they actually mean—and ... continue reading

Modernizing your network security strategy

From the global pandemic to recent cyberattacks, our world has faced many challenges during the past 12 months. Some of these challenges we can’t change. However, I’m pleased about the ones we can, and are changing across the cybersecurity landscape ... continue reading
OPS104: Securing SMB from within and without

OPS104: Securing SMB from within and without

In this session, Ned Pyle discusses how widely the SMB protocol is used on Windows, Windows Server and in Microsoft Azure. Learn specific strategies to secure it from lateral movement and interception attacks. Speaker: Ned Pyle, Principal Program Manager This ... continue reading

Why operational resilience will be key in 2021, and how this impacts cybersecurity

The lessons we have learned during the past 12 months have demonstrated that the ability to respond to and bounce back from adversity in general, can impact the short-and long-term success of any organization. It can even dictate the leaders ... continue reading
ZINC attacks against security researchers

ZINC attacks against security researchers

In recent months, Microsoft has detected cyberattacks targeting security researchers by an actor we track as ZINC. The campaign originally came to our attention after Microsoft Defender for Endpoint detected an attack in progress. Observed targeting includes pen testers, private ... continue reading
Timeline graph showing developments in the Solorigate attack

Deep dive into the Solorigate second-stage activation: From SUNBURST to TEARDROP and Raindrop

More than a month into the discovery of Solorigate, investigations continue to unearth new details that prove it is one of the most sophisticated and protracted intrusion attacks of the decade. Our continued analysis of threat data shows that the ... continue reading

New Surface PCs enable virtualization-based security (VBS) by default to empower customers to do more, securely

VBS and HVCI-enabled devices help protect from advanced attacks Escalation of privilege attacks are a malicious actor’s best friend, and they often target sensitive information stored in memory. These kinds of attacks can turn a minor user mode compromise into ... continue reading