Security


Microsoft Promises Greater PC Security with Coming Pluton Processors

Microsoft has introduced Pluton, a security solution aiming to make the current root of trust between the central processing unit and the trusted platform module in devices more resistant to physical tampering.

Microsoft Extended Security Update Program Approaches Year 2

Microsoft this week announced that the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 Extended Security Update (ESU) program is approaching Year 2.

Microsoft Endpoint Data Loss Protection Now Commercially Released

The Microsoft Endpoint Data Loss Prevention service, used to protect data accessed on devices, reached "general availability" commercial-release status, Microsoft announced this week.

Microsoft's November Security Bundle Addresses 112 Vulnerabilities

Microsoft released its November bundle of security patches on Tuesday, addressing 112 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs).

Microsoft Launches Revamped Security Update Guide

Microsoft on Monday described the format of its newly improved "Security Update Guide," which is used to see monthly security patch details.

Microsoft Changes Privacy Platform Name to SmartNoise

Microsoft Research has changed the name of its "differential privacy" platform from "WhiteNoise" to "SmartNoise," according to a Wednesday announcement.

Microsoft and Partners Continue To Block Trickbot To Protect Elections

Microsoft on Tuesday provided an update about its efforts, along with partners, to take down the Trickbot criminal network, which uses servers and devices to spread ransomware.

Microsoft Issues Out-of-Band Security Patches for the Window Codec Library and Visual Studio Code

Microsoft issued two "out-of-band" security updates late last week.

Microsoft Publishes Documents on Implementing Zero-Trust Networks

Microsoft this week described the launch of a so-called "Zero Trust Deployment Center," which essentially is a Web page landing point for accessing Microsoft documents on its zero-trust security approach.

Microsoft Addressing 87 Vulnerabilities in October Security Patch Bundle

Microsoft's October bundle of security patches, released on Tuesday, brings fixes for just 87 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) across Windows, Office, SharePoint and many other software products.

Microsoft Used Its Patents To Take Down Trickbot Network

Microsoft described its years-long effort working with the courts, software security firms and telcos to eliminate the Trickbot criminal network.

Microsoft Previews Continuous Access Evaluation for Azure AD Conditional Access Users

A preview of Microsoft's Continuous Access Evaluation (CAE) security solution is now available for Azure Active Directory users that have configured Conditional Access policies, Microsoft announced on Friday.

Conditional Access for Office 365 Apps Now Commercially Released

Azure Active Directory Conditional Access support for the Office 365 suite of applications is now at the "general availability" commercial-release stage, Microsoft announced on Thursday.

Microsoft Turning on Azure Active Directory Publisher Verification Next Month

Microsoft plans to turn on a new Azure Active Directory "Publisher Verification" security feature that will block end user consent to unverified app publishers starting next month.

Microsoft Rang Up Over $370K in Azure Sphere Bug Bounties

Microsoft has shelled out $374,300 in security bounties as part of its Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge, the company said this week.

Microsoft Sums Up Azure Active Directory Progress in Talk

Microsoft highlighted a few Azure Active Directory improvements during last week's Ignite event.

New Microsoft Security Report Highlights Phishing, Ransomware and Unpatched VPNs

Microsoft has announced the release of its "Digital Defense Report," which is described as "a reimagining" of Microsoft's "Security Intelligence Report" (SIR).

Ivanti Buys MobileIron and Pulse Secure

The acquisitions are expected to enhance Ivanti's mobile endpoint security offerings.

Microsoft Rebrands Enterprise Security Solutions as 'Microsoft Defender'

Microsoft took the occasion of its Ignite event last week to rebrand its enterprise security solutions for premises and cloud environments, mostly by putting "Microsoft Defender" on their names.

How Microsoft 365 'Safe Documents' Works

Because sometimes (a lot of the time), Protected View isn't enough to guard against potentially malicious Office documents.