Microsoft details its Zero Trust security strategy for the hybrid work era

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As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly changed how many of us work, Microsoft has detailed today its new Zero Security strategy to prepare for the new hybrid work era. This new environment where some employees work remotely is the source of new security threats for companies, and one of the core pillars of Microsoft’s Zero Trust strategy is to establish strong authentication methods for employees.

Today, Microsoft announced new security features for Azure AD Conditional Access, its real-time policy engine that gives IT Admins granular controls over an increasing list of policies. “We’ve made it easier to manage all your new policies with new search, sort, and filter capabilities, as well as enhanced audit logs to track recent policy changes,” explained Vasu Jakkal, CVP, Security at Microsoft.

The company also announced some updates for Microsoft Endpoint Manager, which will allow IT admins to easily configure Android Enterprise-enrolled devices and Apple devices via the public preview of the Setup Assistant for iOS/iPadOS and macOS. Microsoft Endpoint Manager also lets IT admins manage Bitlocker, the full volume encryption feature that ships with Windows 10.

For organizations facing new challenges due to “ bring your own device” policies, IT Admins can now use Microsoft Defender for Endpoint to discover and secure unmanaged endpoints and network devices. "With the addition of Linux, threat and vulnerability management now covers all major platforms including Windows and macOS,” Jakkal noted.

Last but not least, Microsoft announced today new anomaly detections for Azure Sentinel, the company's security information and event manager (SIEM) platform that uses built-in AI to help analyze large volumes of data across an enterprise. You can learn more details about Microsoft's Zero Trust Security Strategy on this page.

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