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Microsoft pitches 365’s security

Microsoft Korea is emphasizing security as it markets Microsoft 365, the company’s subscription Windows-as-a-service product rolled out last year.

“We would like to introduce Microsoft as a security company today,” said Yoo Hyun-kyong, a senior product manager for Microsoft 365, at a Microsoft Connect media event. “Microsoft spends over $1 billion investing in cybersecurity every year, comparable to major security companies.”

“Security has the implication of being inconvenient. But Microsoft 365 was released in July 2017 with the aim of promoting both productivity and security,” she added.

Microsoft 365 is equipped with Windows 10 and Office 365 as well as Enterprise Mobility and Security, a relatively new product offering a range of security services such as data protection and malware scanning.

Microsoft 365, like Office 365, is a subscription product, with users charged monthly with prices varying depending on the plan chosen. Traditional Office products are one-time purchases.

“The average company is said to use around 75 security solutions,” said Park Sang-jun, another product manager for Microsoft 365. “Microsoft 365 offers a comprehensive security solution centered around identity and access management, information protection, threat protection and security management.”

“Microsoft is said to receive the highest number of security attacks after the Pentagon,” Park continued. “We collect the patterns of the attacks, and analyze them to gain insight.”

According to the company, Microsoft blocks five billion security threats every month with a team of 3,500 employees dedicated just to security. Using their expertise and insight, Microsoft’s Windows Defender dashboard allows users to keep track of all the machines attacked in an office and suggests countermeasures.

“Before, we released new Windows products every three or five years,” said Park. “But by shortening the update cycle, we reduce security threats to devices by introducing new solutions.”

Microsoft now provides full, automatic Windows 10 upgrades every March and September.

“Since Satya Nadella became the CEO of Microsoft in 2014, it has been our company’s mission to help individuals and businesses achieve more,” said Yoo.


BY KIM EUN-JIN [kim.eunjin1@joongang.co.kr]

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