Microsoft Ignite 2023 –  updates for security professionals  

Significant enhancements to Microsoft’s suite of security solutions were announced during the latest Microsoft Ignite Conference. All designed to empower Security Operations Center (SOC) professionals in protecting assets and data more efficiently. Here’s a glimpse of the key updates: 

1️⃣ Microsoft Defender XDR: Formerly known as Microsoft Defender 365, this update signifies an expansion of extended detection and response (XDR) capabilities, offering native security solutions across diverse platforms, including Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, iOS, and multicloud environments (Azure, AWS, GCP). Now available!

Additional Resources:
Learn more about updates to Microsoft Defender XDR. 

2️⃣ Unified Security Operations Platform: Microsoft Defender XDR and Microsoft Sentinel unite to create a robust user experience, enhanced by Microsoft Security Copilot generative AI. This integration promises heightened efficiency, streamlined operations, and simplified training for SOC analysts. Currently in private preview. 

Additional Resources:  

Blog: Learn more about the unification of Microsoft Defender XDR and Microsoft Sentinel.
Demo: Protect more with Microsoft Sentinel and 365 Defender together 

3️⃣ Embedded Microsoft Security Copilot: A generative AI tool embedded in the unified SOC platform, Security Copilot assists analysts in improving their security information and event management (SIEM) and XDR skills, offering natural language support and aiding throughout investigations. Early access available. 

Additional Resources: 
Learn more about updates to Microsoft Security. 

4️⃣ Optimized Data in SIEM with SOC Optimizations: This feature, in private preview, supports SOCs in maximizing the value of ingested data into Sentinel, offering recommendations to enhance coverage, save costs, and improve security against specific threats. 

5️⃣ Enhanced Cloud Workload Integration: Integrating cloud workload alerts, signals, and asset information from Microsoft Defender Cloud into the XDR platform provides SOC analysts with a holistic view, spanning workspace and cloud infrastructure. Currently in preview. 

6️⃣ Auto-Deployed Decoys: A preview feature leveraging Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and OpenAI’s GPT-4 generative AI model, enabling the automatic generation of decoys to detect and focus on attacks more effectively. 

7️⃣ Protection of AI Apps: New capabilities in Microsoft Defender and Purview to securely prepare for the AI era, extending discovery capabilities for language model apps and enhancing data loss prevention. Currently in preview. 

🆕 Microsoft Defender for Cloud Updates: Enhancements to protect multicloud and hybrid environments, including unified identity insights, DevOps security insights, improved container security, proactive attack path analysis, and improved API security posture. 


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Once the above questions have been answered, a disaster recovery and backup readiness index can be calculated based on the following scale: 

  • Level 1: Inadequate – The organization has significant gaps in its disaster recovery and backup posture.  
  • Level 2: Developing – The organization has some disaster recovery and backup processes in place, but significant improvements are needed.  
  • Level 3: Mature – The organization has a mature disaster recovery and backup posture, but there is room for improvement.  
  • Level 4: Robust – The organization has a strong disaster recovery and backup posture and is well-prepared to address potential disruptions.  
  • Level 5: Exceptional – The organization has a comprehensive and mature approach to disaster recovery and backup. 

The disaster recovery and backup readiness index can be calculated by assigning a score of 1-5 to each question based on the level of readiness demonstrated. The scores are then averaged across all questions in each category to determine the readiness level for that category. The overall disaster recovery and backup readiness index is calculated by averaging the readiness levels across all categories. 

Level 1: Basic
You have minimal cybersecurity processes in place and face a high risk of cyberattacks. Immediate attention and significant improvements are necessary to enhance your security posture.

Level 2: Developing
You have some cybersecurity processes in place but require substantial improvements to reach a mature state. You should focus on strengthening your policies, procedures, and security controls.

Level 3: Mature
You have a solid cybersecurity posture, but there is still room for improvement. You should continue enhancing your processes, monitoring capabilities, and incident response practices.

Level 4: Advanced
You have a strong cybersecurity posture and are well-prepared to address potential threats. However, you should remain proactive and stay abreast of emerging threats and technologies to maintain your advanced level of security.

Level 5: Leading
You have a comprehensive and mature approach to cybersecurity. You are a leader in cybersecurity best practices and continually innovate to stay ahead of evolving threats.

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23 Marca 2023

10:00 via MS Teams

Tomasz Woźniak

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