Microsoft is the biggest security company you’ve never heard of – and the breadth and strength of their security platform is proof. If you’re still not convinced, see what Gartner had to say.
Despite being best known for business productivity and desktop solutions, Microsoft spends over $1billion each year on security research and development, integrating those breakthroughs into the products and services you rely on every day.
That continued investment sees Microsoft Security continue to be named a Leader in four Magic Quadrants by Gartner. This achievement recognises vendors who demonstrate continued effort in execution and vision, with a strong focus on developing technology, and meeting the needs of their customers now and in the future.
The four security areas in which Microsoft has been named a leader are as follows:
Microsoft delivering best of breed AND best of suite
Microsoft’s strength in these areas is not in isolation either, one of the key priorities for Microsoft has been to ensure that their solutions integrate smoothly to provide greater cohesion and visibility.
Because of the scale of the technology they build and operate, Microsoft are able to capture diversity of threat signals all the way from sensors through to clients and to the back–end cloud services and share that data with their customers.
A Leader in Access Management
A Leader in Enterprise Information Archiving
Microsoft’s archiving solution is built on the Microsoft 365 SaaS platform, and it was released in October 2015. Microsoft’s EIA solution is designed for a variety of digital communication and user/application-generated data sources. It operates worldwide, and its clients tend to be MSEs to large enterprises across multiple vertical industries.
During the past 12 months, Microsoft has added expanded support to multiple sources outside of Microsoft 365; Compliance Manager customer-focused assessments; and the ability to collect and review encrypted content from SharePoint and OneDrive. Microsoft is best-suited for in-place archiving, records management, regulatory compliance, e-discovery and end-user archiving. (4)
A Leader in Unified Endpoint Management (UEM)
Microsoft Endpoint Manager combines Intune and Configuration Manager and is available with an Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) license. Microsoft’s operations and clients tend to be geographically diversified. Microsoft continues to invest in improving the IT administrator experience, endpoint analytics and automation, and supporting frontline worker devices and integration with their Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 365, Defender for Endpoint and Azure Active Directory (AD). (3)
A Leader in Endpoint Protection Platforms
Microsoft appeals to all organization types on a global footing, especially large enterprises.” (5)
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2. Gartner Magic Quadrant for Access Management, Michael Kelley | Abhyuday Data | Henrique Teixeira, 17 November 2021.
3. Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management Tools, Dan Wilson | Chris Silva | Tom Cipolla | 16 August 2021.
4. Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving, Michael Hoeff | Jeff Vogel, 24 January 2022.
5. Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, Peter Firstbrook | Dionisio Zumerle | Prateek Bhajanka | Lawrence Pingree | Paul Webber, 05 May 2021.