Microsoft has introduced two new security features to its Enterprise Mobility Suite.
The vendor launched its Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) platform and Azure Rights Management Support for Office on iPad and iPhone.
ATA is based on technology from Aorato, an enterprise security startup recently acquired by Microsoft.
Microsoft said the on-premise security product is designed to help customers protect organisations by identifying targeted attacks before they occur.
It does this through behavioral analytics that leverage machine learning, the study of data predictions found through algorithms. Information collected by the program is presented in a social-media like feed.
Microsoft corporate vice-president enterprise client and mobility, Brad Anderson, said, in a blog post, that arguably the biggest problem of all is the question of how traditional IT security solutions operate once a breach occurs.
“Currently, the traditional infrastructure monitoring and security techniques have become less effective,” he said.
“There are also some very sophisticated security products that are ultimately ineffective because getting a massive data set in your inbox or console while trying to identify/isolate an intrusion can take far too long at a time when every second makes or breaks your organization. Who wants to be given a haystack when you’ve asked for a needle?”
Anderson said enterprises need a solution that is, at its core, based on some foundational elements such as using identity as a control plane, having the visibility and insights that only come from machine learning against vast datasets and multi-layer protection.
The vendor claimed its new Azure Rights Management Support for Office on iPad and iPhone enhances the security of mobile productivity experiences with Word, Powerpoint and Excel.
Microsoft technical product manager office 365 team, Shobhit Sahay, said the functionality allows customers to view rights protected Office documents natively on iPads and iPhones.
Sahay said Word, Excel and Powerpoint all display the protected content with full file fidelity, retaining the same viewing rights permissions originally assigned to the document.
Microsoft said the capability to create, edit and publish rights protected documents will be released at a later date.
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