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Securing Cloud workloads and user endpoints

When you moved your workloads to the cloud, you wanted to benefit from a robust cloud platform, a cost-effective business model, and greater flexibility in how your employees work and access your network.

Moving to the cloud also means that you will face new challenges and risks in securing your data and applications.

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Cloud workloads are dynamic and scalable, but also vulnerable to cyberattacks from various sources. Endpoint protection is essential to prevent unauthorised access, malware infection, data theft, and other threats that can compromise the integrity and availability of cloud workloads.
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Protecting your workloads

Cloud workloads refer to resource types such as servers, containers, storage, databases, and other workloads.

These can be deployed on various types of cloud environments operated by third-party cloud service providers (CSPs), such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and on-premises.

Protecting your cloud workloads is an important aspect of cloud computing. At BMIT we help businesses by managing their security posture and enabling threat protection. We do this using Microsoft technology, Defender for Cloud, which natively integrates in Microsoft Azure and other services.

Defender for Cloud covers two pillars of cloud security:

Cloud Security Posture Management

where you have visibility to understand your current security situation and hardening guidance, which helps you efficiently and effectively improve your security.

Cloud Workload Protection

Defender for Cloud offers security alerts that are powered by Microsoft Threat Intelligence. It also includes a range of advanced, intelligent, protections for your workloads. The workload protections are provided through Microsoft Defender enhanced security features plans specific to the types of resources in your subscriptions.

Defender for Cloud provides the tools needed to harden your resources, track your security posture, protect against cyberattacks, and streamline security management.

Protecting your endpoints

Effectively identifying, assessing, and remediating endpoint weaknesses is pivotal to running a healthy security program and reducing organisational risk.

As with Cloud workloads, BMIT can help your organisation to prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to advanced threats on your endpoints. We achieve this with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.

It uses a combination of technologies, built into Windows 10 / 11 and Microsoft’s robust cloud service, such as Endpoint behavioural sensors, Cloud security analytics and threat intelligence.

Together these technologies give administrators the following capabilities within Defender for Endpoint:

Threat and vulnerability management - provides real-time visibility and helps identify ways to improve your security posture.

Attack surface reduction - eliminates risky or unnecessary surface areas and restricts dangerous code from running.

Advanced protection - uses machine learning and deep analysis to protect against file-based malware.

Endpoint detection and response - monitors behaviours and attacker techniques to detect and respond to advanced attacks.

Artificial intelligence - to automatically investigate alerts and remediate complex threats in minutes.

Microsoft threat experts - bring deep knowledge and proactive threat hunting to your security operations centre.

Why workloads and endpoints together?

When securing workloads and endpoints, you cannot look at each one in isolation. Although separate solutions exist, they are intricately connected. Defender for Cloud includes automatic, native integration with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. This built-in integration means that without any configuration, your endpoints, such as Windows and Linux machines, are fully integrated with Defender for Cloud's recommendations and assessments.


One view to manage them all

With so many solutions and components to Microsoft’s security offerings, managing and understanding your security status across multiple dashboards is complicated. Ideally you would have a single dashboard.

Microsoft achieves this by providing extended detection and response (XDR) via Microsoft 365 Defender which combines the signals from the Defender for Cloud and Defender for Endpoint components (and others). It leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and automation to automatically stop the attacks from progressing further, using quarantine zones and remediations on the effected assets.

Think of XDR as the next step in security, unifying detection and response tools such as cloud, network, endpoint, email, app, and identity security in one place.

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