A Look at Microsoft's Future in Cybersecurity

By Michael Fiorito, MDS

In an interview with Reuters, Microsoft executives said that the company will continue to invest over $1 billion annually on cyber security research and development in the coming years

According to Bharat Shah, Microsoft vice president of security, this amount does not include acquisitions Microsoft may make.

Shah added that Microsoft’s investment in security will only continue to grow to meet customer’s growing demand for cloud services.

In addition to its internal security investments, Microsoft has bought three security firms, in a little over two years: enterprise security startup Aorato, cloud security firm Adallom, and Secure Islands, whose data and file protection technology has been integrated into cloud service Azure Information Protection.

Microsoft’s venture arm has also made three cyber security investments in Israel, including this week an undisclosed amount in Illusive Networks, which uses deception technology to detect attacks and has been installed at banks and retailers.

Shah believes that in the next year or so progress should be made in moving toward broader implementation of user authentication without need for a password.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system includes Windows Hello, which allows users to scan their face, iris or fingerprints to verify their identity and sign in.

The future is here now.

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