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Microsoft strengthens security tools for Azure, Office 365

Fahmida Y. Rashid | Feb. 26, 2016
CEO Satya Nadella promised a new approach to enterprise security. Now the company is rolling out upgrades for protecting data stored in Microsoft cloud environments

Azure Security Center will analyze and identify customer deployments that would benefit from having a next-generation firewall. Customers would be able to provision the firewalls and use Azure Security Center to view and respond to security issues from one place. While Check Point vSEC is the only next-generation firewall currently available, the company plans to add Cisco and Fortinet next-gen firewalls, as well as Imperva SecureSphere and Imperva Incapsula Web application firewalls.

Microsoft is not trying to provide all the security capabilities for Azure and Office 365 applications on its own. Instead, it's working with industry partners through the new Azure Security Center partner solutions so that enterprises can bring their own security products when moving to the cloud environment.

 "No single company can solve the security challenges that our customers face today, which is why the security ecosystem, and all of our security partners, are key to our approach," Arsenault said.  


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