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Microsoft announces Security Insider program for business leaders

As always, cybersecurity continues to be an evolving domain with both threat actors and security experts honing their craft. With Microsoft detecting a 1070% year-over-year increase in ransomware attacks between July 2020 and June 2021, the company has now announced a "Security Insider" program to keep business leaders updated on the latest trends in this space.

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The purpose of Microsoft Security Insider is to provide business leaders the latest news and insights into cybersecurity, threat intelligence, and the viewpoints of experts in the field. Microsoft boasts that since it analyzes over 24 trillion security signals per day, it is important to share its findings with Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs).

While the dedicated hub will be updated frequently, right now, CISOs will be able to grab a report on seven fundamental security strategies to prepare against threats, educate users, and manage vulnerabilities.

There is also a public briefing on protecting the supply chain and implement a Zero Trust security model. With regards to addressing a shortage of talent in the field of cybersecurity, Vasu Jakkal, Corporate Vice President of Security, Compliance and Identity at Microsoft had the following to say:

Even before the pandemic, cybersecurity was struggling with a labor shortage. CISOs are understandably concerned about affording, finding, and retaining top talent—or attracting new talent if they can’t.

Security leaders must get innovative to address this challenge and some are exploring the concept of “security is everyone’s job.” That means making sure development teams, system administrators, and users all understand security policies and risks. On the Microsoft Security Insider, you’ll read the story of a legal services CISO whose company deputized IT members as security representatives.

If you're a leader at your organization in the cybersecurity space, you might want to check out the dedicated Microsoft Security Insider website here.

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