By David Shefter

Ziften Welcomes Microsoft’s New Intelligent Security Association

It’s a great plan: Microsoft has created a mechanism for third-party security companies, like Ziften, to cooperate to better protect our customers. Everyone wins with the new Microsoft Intelligent Security Association, announced this week – and we are proud to be a founding member and part of the launch. Kudos to Microsoft!

Security Intelligence Sharing

One of the most exciting projects coming out of Microsoft has been the new Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph, a threat intelligence engine built on machine learning (ML). The Intelligent Security Graph forms the foundation of the new association – and the foundation of a lot of new opportunities for innovation.

As Microsoft says, “Today, with the immense computing advantages afforded by the cloud, the Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence is finding new ways to use its rich analytics engines and by applying a combination of automated and manual processes, machine learning and human experts, we are able to create an intelligent security graph that learns from itself and evolves in real-time, reducing our collective time to detect and respond to new incidents.”

The need for better, smarter, security is huge, and that’s why we’re excited to be a founding member of the new association.

As Microsoft’s Brad Anderson, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Enterprise Mobility + Security, recently wrote, “Approximately 96% of all malware is polymorphic – meaning that it is only experienced by a single user and device before it is replaced with yet another malware variant. This is because in most cases malware is caught nearly as fast as it’s created, so malware creators continually evolve to try and stay ahead. Data like this hammer home how important it is to have security solutions in place that are as agile and innovative as the attacks.”

Advanced Endpoint Detection and Response

And that brings us to the type of advanced endpoint detection and response (EDR) that Ziften offers to desktops, servers, and cloud assets — giving the organization unique all-the-time visibility and control for any asset, anywhere. Nobody offers the capability you’ll find in Ziften’s Zenith security platform.

That’s where the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association comes in. After all, even the best defenses can be breached, and security teams must respond more quickly and more aggressively to ensure the safety of their data and systems.

Ziften and Microsoft are delivering fully integrated threat protection that covers customers’ endpoints – meaning client devices, servers, and the cloud – with a foundation of shared intelligence and the power of the cloud to transform monitoring of enterprise systems.

What Microsoft is Saying

“The Intelligent Security Association improves cooperation from leading sources to protect customers,” said name/title, Microsoft. “Having already achieved strong customer momentum with our integrated Ziften and Microsoft Windows Defender ATP solution, customers stand to further benefit from continued partnership.”
What’s more, “Continued integration and intelligence sharing within the context of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph enables joint customers to more quickly and accurately detect, investigate and respond to attacks across their entire endpoint and cloud base.”

What Ziften is Saying

Ziften’s CEO, Chuck Leaver, is telling everyone that our founding membership in the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association is a huge win for our joint customers and prospects – and it brings together everyone in the Microsoft universe and beyond (note that Ziften’s Mac and Linux products are also part of the Microsoft partnership). “As security vendors, we all recognize the need to cooperate and collaborate to protect our customers and their employees. Kudos to Microsoft for leading this industry effort,” Chuck said.

The result: Better security for our customers, and tighter integration and more innovation in the industry. It’s a real win for everyone. Except for the hackers, of course. They lose. Sorry, not sorry, guys.

If you’re interested in learning more about Microsoft and Ziften, or if you’d like to request a Free Trial, go here: https://ziften.com/microsoft-and-ziften.

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