Microsoft added two new features to its Microsoft Defender security suite, Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence, and Microsoft Defender External Attack Surface Management. The new AI-driven upgrade is based on the company’s acquisition of RiskIQ. Microsoft is adding a few of RiskIQ’s core features to its platform.
Microsoft Defender is an anti-malware component that comes with Windows PCs. With the new Threat Intelligence feature, Microsoft will utilize RiskIQ’s tech for scanning the internet and providing data to Defender’s real-time surveillance. Furthermore, RiskIQ’s data will enrich Defender’s existing dataset and provide security teams with a view of the entire attack chain.
A Microsoft executive, Vasu Jakkal, said, “Our mission is to build a safer world for all — and threat intelligence is [at] the heart of it.” Combining the services, users also get a library of raw threat intelligence and analysis from experts.
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Meanwhile, the External Attack Surface Management feature will aid the security teams in understanding how an attacker views the network. It provides a way to identify all potential resources of attackers and find the unmanaged ones. Most companies that begin using a service like this are shocked by the number of internet-facing unmanaged assets they discover.
Jakkal added, “With these new tools, Microsoft is giving security teams more data to work with to protect their networks and other assets.”