Microsoft Looks To Bolster Enterprise Security

Speaking at Microsoft's Government Cloud Forum in Washington, CEO Satya Nadella shared Microsoft's plans to devote more than $1bn annually to security research and development as part of the tech giant's new enterprise security strategy.

In addition to fortifying Microsoft products, including Azure, Office 365 and Windows 10, the funds will also go toward acquisitions, hiring executives and experts, and building the Cyber Defense Operations Center, a new state-of-the-art facility that will serve as the command center for a team of security experts, data analysts, developers, operations specialists and program managers, Nadella said. Among the capabilities highlighted by Nadella is the ability to use Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite to help IT staff to protect and manage corporate applications and data on any mobile device.

451 Research Director Chris Hazelton comments

"As enterprise mobility management (EMM) evolves, there is growing emphasis on providing more weight behind the security side. For Microsoft this means the integration of Azure Rights Management to limit data loss from mobile devices, and Azure Active Directory to provide identity and access management. Sold alongside Microsoft's mobile management platform, these tools are designed to add additional levels of security so IT can more securely provide access to corporate data on mobile devices. The audience here was appropriate considering the government has a particular interest in security. Also emphasized was the ability for Microsoft to address the US government's move to the cloud with Enterprise Mobility Suite, RMS and Azure Active Directory all delivered from the cloud. For government organizations that support BYOD, Microsoft demonstrated its ability to manage and secure mobile apps without the need for mobile device management."


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