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 has now seen Microsoft Security named a Leader in five 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 five 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 CASB
Microsoft Cloud App Security is a multimode CASB that provides rich visibility, control over data travel, and sophisticated analytics to identify and combat cyberthreats across all your cloud services. Gartner named Microsoft a Leader in CASB based on the ability to execute and completeness of vision.
Gartner says, “platforms from leading CASB vendors were born in the cloud and designed for the cloud. They have a deeper understanding of users, devices, applications, transactions, and sensitive data than CASB functions designed to be extensions of traditional network security and SWG security technologies.” (1)
A Leader in Access Management
Azure Active Directory is Microsoft’s cloud-based identity and access management service, which helps employees sign in and access both internal (i.e. corporate network or intranet) and external (i.e. SaaS apps) resources. Their Leader status was achieved based on recognition for high scores in both market understanding and customer experience.
Gartner says, “Vendors that have developed Access Management as a service have risen in popularity. Gartner estimates that 90 percent or more of clients based in North America and approximately 65 percent in Europe and the Asia/Pacific region countries are also seeking SaaS-delivered models for new Access Management purchases. This demonstrates a preference for agility, quicker time to new features, elimination of continual software upgrades, reduction of supported infrastructure and other SaaS versus software benefits demonstrated in the market.” (2)
A Leader in Enterprise Information Archiving
Enterprise information archiving solutions help organisations archive emails, instant messages, SMS, and social media content. Gartner recognised Microsoft as a Leader in this Magic Quadrant based on their ability to execute and completeness of vision.
Gartner says, “By 2023, 45 percent of enterprise customers will adopt an enterprise information archiving (EIA) solution to meet new requirements driven by data privacy regulations; this is a major increase from five percent in 2019.” (3)
A Leader in Unified Endpoint Management (UEM)
Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) solutions enable organisations to manage all endpoints centrally, across mobile, desktop and more. Microsoft’s solution, Microsoft Intune allows organisations to simplify modern workplace management to achieve digital transformation, by securing both company–owned devices and BYOD policies.
Gartner says, “Leaders are identified as those vendors with strong execution and vision scores with products that exemplify the suite of functions that assist organisations in managing a diverse field of mobile and traditional endpoints. Leaders provide tools that catalyse the migration of PCs from legacy CMT management tools to modern, UEM-based management.” (4)
A Leader in Endpoint Protection Platforms
Microsoft’s endpoint and threat protection solutions allow organisations to identify, investigate, and respond to threats across all endpoints. Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) detects and investigates advanced attacks on-premises and in the cloud. Windows Defender Antivirus protects PCs against software threats like viruses, malware, and spyware across email, apps, the cloud, and the web.
Gartner says, “A Leader in this category will have broad capabilities in advanced malware protection, and proven management capabilities for large-enterprise accounts.” (5)
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(1) Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Cloud Access Security Brokers,” by Steve Riley, Craig Lawson, October 2019
(2) Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Access Management,” by Michael Kelley, Abhyuday Data, Henrique, Teixeira, August 2019
(3) Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving,” by Julian Tirsu, Michael Hoech, November 2019
(4) Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management Tools,” by Chris Silva, Manjunath Bhat, Rich Doheny, Rob Smith, August 2019
(5) Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms,” by Peter Firstbrook, Dionisio Zumerle, Prateek Bhajanka, Lawrence Pingree, Paul Webber, August 2019
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