Microsoft announces a new Security Experts service

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Microsoft today announced a new service called Microsoft Security Experts intended to help organizations secure their networks by combining the latest technology and human-led services.

According to Microsoft, its security division in 2021 alone blocked over 9.6 billion malware threats and over 35.7 million phishing/malicious emails. It also tracks more than 35 ransomware families and 250 unique threat actors. Microsoft's technologies help the company block more than 900 brute-force password theft attempts every second. Microsoft has vast knowledge and extensive expertise in cybersecurity, and it wants to expand its existing security services under a new category called "Microsoft Security Experts".

Microsoft Security Experts combines modern security technology with "human-led" services to help organizations secure their networks and minimize the risks and damages from cyberattacks. It augments existing security teams with help from Microsoft and its partners to meet each organization's unique needs and circumstances.

Microsoft Security Experts consists of three new managed services to bolster existing security teams within organizations:

  • Microsoft Defender Experts for Hunting will help companies with existing security teams proactively "hunt" for potential threats. Microsoft experts and partners will use Microsoft Defender data, endpoints, Office 365, cloud applications, and identity to detect potential threats. Organizations will have the option to contact a security expert with a single click and get specific recommendations about improving security. Microsoft Defender Experts for Hunting will be available this summer, and companies can sign up to participate in the preview.
  • Microsoft Defender Experts for XDR (extended detection and response) is a service for those who want to expand and strengthen their security operations centers. Defender Experts for XDR provides human expertise to respond to incidents alongside existing security teams.
  • Microsoft Security Services for Enterprise is an expert-led service to protect all cloud environments and platforms. Customers will have dedicated Microsoft security experts for managing onboarding, daily interactions, practice modernization, and incident responses.

Microsoft says its ultimate goal is to provide customers with world-class security products and access to critical human expertise from the best cybersecurity experts. The company wants to use industry-leading technology, Microsoft's best defenders and partner community, and the most comprehensive threat intelligence to build a safer world for everyone. Microsoft Security Experts is a big step in that direction.

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