Microsoft is rolling out new dashboards in its Microsoft 365 enterprise bundle to help security and compliance officers deal with new privacy laws. Microsoft 365, which includes Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, is gaining a new workspace for managing compliance with Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other regions' laws. The Compliance Manager risk-assessment dashboard helps security and compliance professionals manage regulatory compliance tasks. Under GDPR, any EU resident can request data that's been collected about them. The updated compliance manager helps Microsoft 365 users handle these data-subject requests. California's new privacy laws offer similar protections, including giving consumers the right to request that personal information is deleted and to easily transfer data to other services. Microsoft VP and chief legal officer Brad Smith believes US lawmakers in 2019 will begin pushing ahead with federal … [Read more...] about Struggling to comply with GDPR? Microsoft 365 rolls out new privacy dashboards
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Microsoft this week announced two new offerings to its Microsoft 365 repertoire for companies focused on beefing up protection against cybersecurity threats and ensuring compliance with regulations on sensitive data. Both offerings are set to become available on February 1. The first new option, dubbed "Identity & Threat Protection," includes the gamut of Microsoft's advanced threat protection services across Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS). That includes Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), Windows Defender ATP, and Office 365 ATP including Threat Intelligence, along with Microsoft Cloud App Security and Azure Active Directory. The second option, called "Information Protection & Compliance," bundles together Office 365 Advance Compliance and Azure Information Protection. The offering is meant to help companies stay in compliance with regulations for handling sensitive data, such as the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). … [Read more...] about Microsoft 365 gains two new offerings focused on security and compliance
In January 2017, the UK Government’s Cabinet Office issued guidelines outlining what department heads needed to consider when putting services or data into the public cloud.Along with its 14 Security Cloud Principles, the guidance confirmed that “it’s possible for public sector organisations to safely put highly personal and sensitive data into the public cloud. Many UK departments have made this decision based on risk management assessments once they have put appropriate safeguards in place”.Following on from the introduction of the Government’s 2013 Cloud First policy, the issue of these guidelines showed that the movement of UK public data to the cloud is now ‘the new norm’. Although Departments remain free to choose an alternative to the cloud if they wish, they now need to demonstrate that it offers better value for money before they do so.The end result is that highly sensitive information about all of us (including names, … [Read more...] about Public cloud API security: How safe is our data?
At Ignite, Microsoft’s enterprise technology conference happening this week in Orlando, Florida, the company had a slew of security announcements, including a declaration that it’s best positioned to help enterprises get rid of passwords. Microsoft unveiled new support for passwordless logins via the Microsoft Authenticator app, updated Microsoft Secure Score, and announced Microsoft Threat Protection. “In this era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge, businesses in every industry are looking for a trusted partner to help them transform,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement. “We are pushing the bounds in AI, edge computing, and IoT while providing end-to-end security to empower every organization to build its own digital capability and thrive in this new era.” Microsoft Authenticator The much more interesting statements came later: “Today, Microsoft declared an end to the era of passwords” and “No company lets … [Read more...] about Microsoft: ‘No company lets enterprises eliminate more passwords’
For the regular consumer the cloud is most often associated with that ephemeral "off device" place where pictures and other data are securely (or not securely) backed-up. Cloud computing, the direction computing has been moving for years, goes beyond mere storage, however. Cloud computing is where a user's digital experiences, back-end app processes and more occur and reside in an intelligence-driven cloud environment. Microsoft's former cloud-first, mobile-first motto reflected the company's CEO Satya Nadella's commitment to this vision as he positioned Microsoft's cloud as the medium to facilitate the mobility of a user's experiences across devices and platforms. Nadella's description of the cloud as the world's computer echoed my own description of the cloud as a super OS for cross-platform devices and ecosystems. In broad terms, this means digital activity, apps, data streaming, storage, computing, AI and more is being and will be relegated to the cloud and intelligent edge. In … [Read more...] about What Microsoft’s “cloud is the world’s computer” means