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Building Zero Trust networks with Microsoft 365

Building Zero Trust networks with Microsoft 365

The traditional perimeter-based network defense is obsolete. Perimeter-based networks operate on the assumption that all systems within a network can be trusted. However, todays increasingly mobile workforce, the migration towards public cloud services, and the adoption of Bring Your Own ... continue reading
Machine learning vs. social engineering

Machine learning vs. social engineering

Machine learning is a key driver in the constant evolution of security technologies at Microsoft. Machine learning allows Microsoft 365 to scale next-gen protection capabilities and enhance cloud-based, real-time blocking of new and unknown threats. Just in the last few ... continue reading
Cybersecurity Reference Architecture: Security for a Hybrid Enterprise

Cybersecurity Reference Architecture: Security for a Hybrid Enterprise

The Microsoft Cybersecurity Reference Architecture describes Microsofts cybersecurity capabilities and how they integrate with existing security architectures and capabilities. We recently updated this diagram and wanted to share a little bit about the changes and the document itself to help ... continue reading
Securing the modern workplace with Microsoft 365 threat protection – part 3

Securing the modern workplace with Microsoft 365 threat protection – part 3

This post is authored by Debraj Ghosh, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft 365 Security. Detecting ransomware in the modern workplace Over the last two weeks, we have shared with you the roots of Microsoft 365 threat protection and how Microsoft ... continue reading
Securing the modern workplace with Microsoft 365 threat protection – part 2

Securing the modern workplace with Microsoft 365 threat protection – part 2

This post is authored by Debraj Ghosh, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft 365 Security. Protecting the modern workplace against Ransomware Last week, we shared the roots of Microsoft 365 threat protection. This week, we want to share how Microsoft 365 ... continue reading
Securing the modern workplace with Microsoft 365 threat protection – part 1

Securing the modern workplace with Microsoft 365 threat protection – part 1

This post is authored by Debraj Ghosh, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft 365 Security. The roots of Microsoft 365 threat protection Over the next few weeks, well introduce you to Microsoft 365s threat protection services and demonstrate how Microsoft 365s ... continue reading
Hunting down Dofoil with Windows Defender ATP

Hunting down Dofoil with Windows Defender ATP

Dofoil is a sophisticated threat that attempted to install coin miner malware on hundreds of thousands of computers in March, 2018. In previous blog posts we detailed how behavior monitoring and machine learning in Windows Defender AV protected customers from ... continue reading
Poisoned peer-to-peer app kicked off Dofoil coin miner outbreak

Poisoned peer-to-peer app kicked off Dofoil coin miner outbreak

On March 7, we reported that a massive Dofoil campaign attempted to install malicious cryptocurrency miners on hundreds of thousands of computers. Windows Defender Antivirus, with its behavior monitoring, machine learning technologies, and layered approach to security detected and blocked ... continue reading
Invisible resource thieves: The increasing threat of cryptocurrency miners

Invisible resource thieves: The increasing threat of cryptocurrency miners

The surge in Bitcoin prices has driven widescale interest in cryptocurrencies. While the future of digital currencies is uncertain, they are shaking up the cybersecurity landscape as they continue to influence the intent and nature of attacks. Cybercriminals gave cryptocurrencies ... continue reading
Figure 1: Windows Defender ATP machine timeline view with Windows Defender Exploit Guard event

Behavior monitoring combined with machine learning spoils a massive Dofoil coin mining campaign

Just before noon on March 6 (PST), Windows Defender AV blocked more than 80,000 instances of several sophisticated trojans that exhibited advanced cross-process injection techniques, persistence mechanisms, and evasion methods. Behavior-based signals coupled with cloud-powered machine learning models uncovered this ... continue reading