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Microsoft Introduces New Cybersecurity Service for Ransomware and Other Attacks


Microsoft launches a new cyber security Service for Ransomware and Other Attacks solution to complement its existing managed security services.

The tech giant introduced the new services to enable more effective threat detection and response.

Microsoft has announced a new set of managed cybersecurity services to assist customers in combating malware and other threats in the midst of a cybersecurity skills shortage.

Microsoft Security Experts is a new umbrella managed service category consisting of “human-led” services and machine learning to assist customers with security, compliance, identity, privacy, and productivity goals.

“Security Experts blends expert-trained technology with human-led services to help enterprises achieve more safe, compliant, and productive outcomes,” the company explained in a blog post about the new service.

Microsoft Defender Experts for Hunting is a new service that helps companies hunt for threats by analyzing data from Microsoft Defender, Office 365, cloud applications, and identities. Microsoft says its specialists will study the results and provide users with relevant alert information and guidance.

Microsoft Defender Experts for XDR is also new, referring to the managed extended detection and response (XDR) service category provided by a number of cybersecurity organizations. An XDR service gathers data from endpoints, cloud infrastructure, and networks in order to speed up investigations, threat hunting, and response times.

Microsoft’s Defender Experts for XDR guarantees endpoint email, data, cloud apps, and identity detection and response. The managed component of the service enables customers to identify, analyze, investigate, and respond to threats across email, services, identity, and cloud apps in real-time.

According to Microsoft, Defender Experts for XDR will be available in preview in the fall of 2022.

Microsoft is also introducing Microsoft Security Services for Enterprise, a “high-touch,” dedicated managed service offering for enterprise customers that combines threat hunting and managed XDR, leveraging Microsoft’s security information and event management (SIEM) and XDR to protect all cloud environments and platforms.

The three new managed service security offerings complement Microsoft’s existing services, such as Security Services for Incident Response and Security Services for Modernization.

The company believes that enterprises that are having difficulty filling cybersecurity roles will use its managed security services. Microsoft reported last year that there were approximately 460,000 open cybersecurity posts in the United States, accounting for 6% of all unfilled jobs in the country.

Microsoft claims to employ over 8,500 security professionals and to be investing $20 billion in security over the next five years. It is actively monitoring over 35 ransomware organizations and 250 distinct threat actors.