Microsoft Wants To Help You Hunt and Deter Your Cybersecurity Threats
Cybersecurity needs are on the rise at a time when the security industry (among many others) is struggling with a labor shortage. Microsoft wants to address part of this problem by offering an expanded cybersecurity suite to help companies navigate a growing threat landscape.
Seattle technology giant recently announced the incorporation of three services that will help businesses in an increasingly tense cyber environment. One product aims to help companies find new threats, while another expands the reach of Microsoft employees who can help companies manage threats. And one thing to pay attention to: Most small businesses would not survive a week after a ransomware attack, research shows.
Having fewer cyber professionals managing the threat landscape allows malicious actors to maneuver systems and exploit vulnerabilities more easily. Nearly one in three jobs in the U.S. cybersecurity sector is vacant, with 2.5 million vacancies in security positions, according to Microsoft corporate vice president Vasu Jakkal, who focuses on security and compliance .
Microsoft’s expansion of its cybersecurity product package amid a labor shortage speaks to another point that all businesses should consider: even if you have fewer people working for you , the need for cybersecurity continues to grow.
It is a mistake for companies to think that they are not big or profitable enough to be immune to cyberattack. This is according to Stephen Semmelroth, senior security director of Chicago-based AVANT Communications. AVANT is a platform for IT decision making.
“The bad guys don’t care how many employees you have,” Semmelroth says. “They don’t care what your income or profits are. And they don’t care what industry or geography you are in.”
“What matters to them is, can they charge you?”