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Advancing service resilience in Azure Active Directory with its backup authentication service

“Continuing our Advancing Reliability blog series, which highlights key updates and initiatives related to improving the reliability of the Azure platform and services, today we turn our focus to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). We laid out the core availability ... continue reading

Achieving Zero Trust readiness in your apps #1: Why it matters

Hello! I’m Jeff Sakowicz, Principal Program Management Lead for Application Platform Security within the Microsoft Identity team. Our team’s goal is to foster a secure, trustworthy, and thriving app ecosystem. Part of achieving this goal is enabling apps to support ... continue reading
First-party engineering systems for hardware and software, Firmware and driver security, physical security, manufacturing security, logistics security, supplier security, trust chain governance and resilience, security validations and assurances, and monitoring and detections.

Learn how Microsoft strengthens IoT and OT security with Zero Trust

As cyber threats grow more sophisticated and relentless, the need for Cybersecurity Awareness Month becomes more urgent every year. As part of our year-round commitment to security for all, Microsoft continues to track numerous incidents targeting both digital and physical ... continue reading
Timeline showing the transition from Global pre-Covid onsite work for Microsoft employees beginning at around 100,000 employees entering Microsoft buildings in January 2020 and falling to around 30,000 employees by August of 2021.

New insights on cybersecurity in the age of hybrid work

As we approach the last week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, I think about what is top of mind for myself and my peers in security. The past year has continued the 2020s major shift in the way organizations operate. Recent ... continue reading
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Protect your business from password sprays with Microsoft DART recommendations

Over the past year, the Microsoft Detection and Response Team (DART), along with Microsoft’s threat intelligence teams, have observed an uptick in the use of password sprays as an attack vector. This threat is a moving target with techniques and ... continue reading
Example intrusion conducted by NOBELIUM demonstrating nested access across variety of methods

NOBELIUM targeting delegated administrative privileges to facilitate broader attacks

The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) has detected nation-state activity associated with the threat actor tracked as NOBELIUM, attempting to gain access to downstream customers of multiple cloud service providers (CSP), managed service providers (MSP), and other IT services organizations ... continue reading
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Microsoft 365 Password Expiration Notification Email Solution for On-Premises AD Accounts

"Hello Again World!" Hi there! Mike Kullish, here. I'm a Microsoft Customer Engineer (CE) based just off the Gulf Coast of Florida with a focus on AD, Hyper-V and DFS, but I try to help customers with anything on the ... continue reading

Iran-linked DEV-0343 targeting defense, GIS, and maritime sectors

DEV-0343 is a new activity cluster that the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) first observed and began tracking in late July 2021. MSTIC has observed DEV-0343 conducting extensive password spraying against more than 250 Office 365 tenants, with a focus ... continue reading
Microsoft recognized by the IDC MarketScape as a Leader in Worldwide Advanced Authentication for AAD

Microsoft recognized by the IDC MarketScape as a Leader in Worldwide Advanced Authentication for AAD

Microsoft has been named a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Advanced Authentication for Identity Security 2021 Vendor Assessment (doc #US46178720, July 2021) report. The IDC MarketScape analyzed companies’ identity security capabilities and strategies and Microsoft was one of seven ... continue reading
Integration guidance helps partners deliver Zero Trust solutions

Integration guidance helps partners deliver Zero Trust solutions

Building a great product means listening to what our customers need, and we’ve heard loud and clear from our customers that Zero Trust adoption is more important than ever. In the 2021 Zero Trust Adoption Report, we learned that 96% ... continue reading