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Microsoft Azure Sentinel Gains Log4J Exploit Tracking Ability

Microsoft’s Azure Sentinel now tracks, monitors, and investigates the Log4Shell exploit targeting a Log4j vulnerability.

Microsoft Azure Cracks Human-Level Text-to-Speech Playback for Neural TTS

Neural TTS for Microsoft Azure is now capable of matching human voice quality through the release of Uni-TTSv4.

Microsoft Reveals Azure VMs will Now Use New AMD EPYC Processor

Azure VMs will now use AMD 3rd Gen EPYC (Milan X processors), bringing massive performance gains across several metrics.
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Microsoft Azure Active Directory Gains CLEAR Partnership

CLEAR is now integrating with Azure Active Directory Verifiable Credentials for organizations to streamline ID management.

Ignite 2021: Microsoft Announces Azure OpenAI Service

Azure OpenAI Service is the latest collaboration between Microsoft and OpenAI taking advantage of the GPT-3 language model.
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Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Services Suffer Major Outage

Microsoft confirms Azure Virtual Machine services went down for 6 hours yesterday, affecting many customers and features.

Microsoft Thwarts Largest Azure DDoS Attack Ever

Microsoft says Azure security features prevented the biggest DDoS attack it has seen, reaching 2.4 terabytes per second.
Back in July, Microsoft acquired cloud security firm CloudKnox to bolster protection on the Microsoft Azure platform. This week, Microsoft is back to explain exactly how CloudKnox will work on Azure and how the service will function moving forward. Specifically, Microsoft says CloudKnox will continue to be available as a separate product for new and existing customers. For those who are using the service outside Azure, “sales, engineering, and service support” will now come from Microsoft. Pricing will also remain the same, says Alex Simons, corporate vice president for identity program management at Microsoft. Instead of lock down the service to Azure exclusivity, CloudKnox will continue as a multi-cloud security tool: "In fact, the #1 reason Microsoft purchased CloudKnox was to accelerate our ability to help customers manage their AWS and Google Cloud Platform, and VMware deployments," Simons points out, as reported by rcpmag. If you are unfamiliar with CloudKnox Security, it develops Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM) services. As a leader in the space, the company allows organizations to manage permissions and privilege access. Using analytics, the platform protects against security breaches Azure Active Directory While it will be available across the cloud, Microsoft’s interest in CloudKnox was the benefits it can bring when integration with Azure Active Directory. It will allow customers to monitor and automate multi-cloud, cloud, and hybrid permissions. Microsoft has previously discussed the benefits th security tool brings to Azure AD: • “Automated and simplified access policy enforcement in one integrated multi-cloud platform for all human and workload identities. • The widest breadth of signal-enabling, high-precision machine learning-based anomaly detections. • Seamless integration with other Microsoft cloud security services, including Microsoft 365 Defender, Azure Defender and Azure Sentinel.”

Microsoft Details CloudKnox Plans for Azure and Other Cloud Platforms

Microsoft purchased CloudKnox earlier this year and now says it will work on Azure while remaining a multi-cloud product.
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Microsoft Opens Program to Give Azure Credits to Open Source Projects

Microsoft says it will give free Azure Credits to open source projects with an Open Source Initiative (OSI) license depending on approval.

Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB is Leaving Customer Data Exposed Online

A vulnerability in a Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB feature allows threat actors easy access to the data of customers.

Microsoft Azure Now Supports the CentOS Clone AlmaLinux

AlmaLinux is now available on Microsoft Azure through Azure Portal, bringing CloudLinux CentOS clone to Microsoft cloud customers.

Microsoft Debuts Fusion Ransomware Detection for Azure

Fusion is a new tool for Microsoft Azure that detects potential ransomware attacks and notifies customers to take action.

How Microsoft Azure is Leading the Way for Mainstreaming Supercomputers on the Cloud

With Azure HPC (high performance computing), Microsoft is becoming a leader in cloud-based supercomputer technology.

Microsoft Purchases CloudKnox Security to Bolster Azure Cloud Security

Microsoft has purchased CIEM leader CloudKnox Security for an undisclosed amount to work within Azure Active Directory.

Microsoft Azure: All the News From Microsoft Inspire 2021

Microsoft Azure got a bunch of announcements at Inspire 2021, including Azure API Management in Azure Event Grid and Smart Defaults in AKS.

Microsoft Beefs Up Azure Migration Offerings At Inspire 2021

At Inspire 2021, Microsoft announced the Azure Migration and Modernization Program (AMMP), and free Windows Server and SQL Server updates on Azure.

Microsoft Acquires ReFirm Labs to Bolster Azure IoT Firmware Security

Microsoft has acquired ReFrim Labs and will fold the company’s Binwalk firmware security into Azure Defender for IoT.

Build 2021: Microsoft Graph Gets Security, Connectors, and Azure Features

Microsoft Graph is getting plenty of attention at Build 2021, including new security features for Azure Active Directory and Connectors improvements.

Build 2021: Microsoft Azure Data Updates for Cosmos DB and Synapse Analytics

Microsoft bouse an Azure Data focus on some of Build 2021 today with updates for Azure Synapse Analytics and Azure Cosmos DB.

Build 2021: Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Managed Endpoints Arrives

Also at Build 2021, Microsoft said Azure Machine Learning now also gets PyTorch Enterprise support for the first time.