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Microsoft To Extend Security in Azure and Office 365

Microsoft has extended security for its Azure cloud service,  will launch a new antimalware agent and will add encryption for its Office 365 service. The company talked up its enhanced cloud security offerings at this week's TechEd conference in Houston.

The new antimalware agent, released to preview, is available for both Microsoft's cloud services and virtual machines. Microsoft also announced partnerships with Symantec and Trend Micro, whose antimalware offerings will also be available in Azure.

"You can use these antimalware capabilities to protect your VMs as well as protect the Azure applications that you're building," said Brad Anderson, corporate VP for Microsoft's server and tools business, during Monday's keynote address. Anderson also said Microsoft would offer encrypted storage for Office 365, SharePoint Online storage and OneDrive for Business.

"What this provides is the ability to actually have every single file that is stored in OneDrive for business encrypted with its own key," Anderson said.

Trend Micro said its Deep Security and SecureCloud offerings will offer threat and data protection security controls for virtual machines deployed in Microsoft Azure. The controls include antimalware, intrusion detection, threat prevention and encryption. The company said they will also offer centralized, automated policy management.

In addition, Trend Micro said it will offer its PortalProtect data protection solutions for organizations migrating or sharing SharePoint workloads with Azure. And Trend Micro said it will offer Microsoft Agent Extension. Customers can choose Deep Security as a security extension when configuring a VM in Azure. Trend Micro also said customers can also use PowerShell Extensions when implementing Trend Micro Deep Security, SecureCloud and Portal Protect for Azure VMs and SharePoint workloads.

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 05/13/2014 at 10:55 AM


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