Like many of you, I’m thrilled to have my 2020 calendar safely in the recycling stack. During that time though, you too might have noticed how, perhaps unknowingly, you were able to turn some of last year’s lemons into lemonade. Maybe you developed a deeper appreciation for everyday minutes and the person or persons in your life, gaining a new perspective on what matters most.

For my team, watching the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association( MISA ) grow to 190 partner companies has been a bright spot in a dark time. To date, MISA members has generated 215 product consolidations, and I’m pleased to announce that our pilot program for adding overseen security service providers( MSSPs) to officially transitioned. MISA now includes 39 MSSP members who have created 76 MSSP offerings since the beginning of the fiscal year.

Microsoft Security integrates with a broad ecosystem of platforms and cloud providers, so they work with the things you already have in your environment; whether those things are from Microsoft, or not. Our partners are key to helping facilitate this integration.”–Vasu Jakkal, CVP, Security, Compliance and Identity

“Adding managed security service providers promises to increase the ecosystem’s value even more by offering an extra layer of threat protection–reducing the day-to-day involvement of in-house security teams. It’s another important step in strengthening and simplifying security at a time when peril mitigation is one of IT’s highest priorities.”–Shawn O’Grady, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cloud+ Data Center Transformation at Insight

Because Microsoft’s footprint widens across many technologies, we have an advantage in creating holistic answers that encompass the full breadth of security, compliance, and identity. In keeping with that end-to-end approach, we’ve expanded MISA to include 5 new compliance products, developing the MISA product portfolio to 18.

“The explosion of data from digital transformation and remote work induce the integration of security and compliance tools across internal and external ecosystems more critical than ever. Together with the deep expertise of our MISA members, we can help our patrons address their complex, evolving security and compliance needs.”–Alym Rayani, General Manager, Microsoft Compliance

Compliance is in relation to MISA

Microsoft compliance products assist our customers assess their compliance risk, protect their sensitive data, and govern it according to regulatory requirements. Through MISA, members get supporting in building managed services and integrations that 😛 TAGEND

Protect and govern data wherever it lives. Recognize and take actions on critical insider dangers. Simplify conformity and minimize risks. Analyse and respond with relevant data.

“TeleMessage is aroused to bring our Mobile Communication Archiving products to be a part of Microsoft’s security solutions. Being a MISA member allows us to work closely with the Microsoft squads and allows us to provide seamless, fasten, and compliant integrations delivering all popular forms of mobile communication.”–Guy Levit, CEO at TeleMessage

Microsoft Information Protection has been part of MISA since the association began in 2018, rendering broad coverage across devices, apps, cloud services, and on-premises systems. This time, we’re continuing to develop our holistic spouse community across security, conformity, and identity by adding five additional Microsoft compliance products to our portfolio 😛 TAGEND

Microsoft Information Governance: Keep what you need and delete what you don’t. Apply compliance solutions and a deletion workflow for email, documents, instant messages, social media, document collaboration platforms, and more. Microsoft Data Loss Prevention: Help consumers remain compliant without interrupting their workflow–prevent the accidental sharing of sensitive info across Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Microsoft Teams, and desktop versions of Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word. Microsoft 365 Insider Risk Management: Identify critical insider hazards and take the appropriate action. With built-in privacy controls, use native and third-party signals to identify, investigate, and remediate malicious and inadvertent activities in your organization. Microsoft Advanced eDiscovery: Gain an end-to-end workflow to collect, analyze, preserve, and export content that’s responsive to your organization’s internal and external investigations. Identify persons of interest and their data sources, then oversee the legal-hold communication process. Microsoft Compliance Manager: Get help throughout your compliance travel, from taking inventory of your data protection risks to managing the intricacies following the implementation of controls, biding current with regulations and certifications, and reporting to auditors.

” Joining MISA enhances our relationship with Microsoft and our commitment to being an information governance and conformity president furnishing solutions for organizations to bringing third-party data into Microsoft 365 archive, ” said Charles Weeden, Managing Partner of 17 a-4, LCC. “DataParser’s connectors will allow Microsoft 365 Compliance customers to absorb content from various sources, such as Bloomberg, Slack, Symphony, Webex Teams and many others.”

Connectors and APIs to extend compliance capabilities

Organizations today face an frighten amount of data to protect across disparate systems, both on-premises and in the cloud. That’s why Microsoft compliance answers span knowledge protection and governance, data-loss prevention, insider peril, eDiscovery, audit, and conformity management–including your non-Microsoft data.

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Data connectors: Import, archive, and apply Microsoft 365 protection and governance capabilities to third-party data. APIs: Enable programmatic access to Microsoft 365 compliance abilities. Power Automate Integrations: Gain seamless automation and workflow customizations.

All of these new capabilities exist within Microsoft’s integrated compliance platform. Meaning, customers merely need to set compliance policies a single time, regardless of the data source.

“The Veritas Merge1 connector platform integration with M3 65 allows our joint customers to configure, connect, and capture a vast number of data sources from within the M3 65 compliance center. The integrating builds it easy to quickly identify which data source connection is essential to captured, to configure connectivity to those data sources and to draw data into M3 65 all from within the Azure infrastructure. Our development teams have worked closely together for over 12 months to make sure the workflow is simple and the capabilities are robust. With the increase in global regulations over the past several years, our goal is to simplify compliance, and we believe we have achieved that by working together with Microsoft.”–David Scott, Sr. Director, Digital Compliance at Veritas Technologies

Microsoft Security illuminates the way

As the global pandemic forced millions into remote work last year, hackers took advantage and upped their play, as understood with the recent Solorigate attack. Many organizations considered their sensitive data created, viewed, and distributed across multiple fragmented platforms that increased the potential attack surface. Because we view security as part of the common good, we chose to take a proactive approach; shifting cybersecurity away from the darkness and into a place of innovation and empowerment.

MISA has helped us promote successful integratings with Azure Security Graph API and Azure Active Directory, both now profoundly embedded in Barracuda security solutions.”–Tim Jefferson, SVP Data, Networking, and Applications, Barracuda Networks

During Microsoft Ignite, March 2-4, 2021, you’ll realise added investment in our security, conformity, and identity portfolio as we continue to innovate and create holistic answers that is compatible with cultures of security for our customers and spouses, based on four basic principles 😛 TAGEND

Protect everything: Safeguard your entire organization with integrated security, conformity, and identity answers built to work across platforms and cloud environments. Simplify the complex: Prioritize dangers with unified management tools and strategic counseling created to maximize the human expertise inside your corporation. Catch what others miss: Enable AI, automation, and human expertise to help you detect threats speedily, respond effectively, and fort your security posture. Grow future developments: Gain the peace of mind that comes with a comprehensive security answer, empowering you to grow, make, and innovate across your business.

To learn more about upcoming big announcements at Microsoft Ignite this week, visit our latest blog posts 😛 TAGEND

4 Ways Microsoft Is Delivering Security for All in a Zero Trust World by Vasu Jakkal. Securing& Governing Data in a New Hybrid Work Reality by Alym Rayani. Microsoft Compliance joins the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association( MISA) as we continue to extend the Microsoft Compliance ecosystem by Hammad Rajjoub.

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