Microsoft Ignite is about immersion into expert sessions, having conversations with experts, and making new connections across the industry. While it would have been great to hear Satya Nadella in person, his recorded keynote set the stage that this was still very much a hybrid event.

This year’s Ignite, back in person after a two-year hiatus, took place at locations around the world including the UK, Germany, France, and more. I attended the keynote event in Seattle, which offered plenty of opportunities to interact during Ask the Experts sessions and Expert Meetups. Open Systems even participated in the security experts’ roundtable, answering attendees’ questions on their security challenges and needs.

But another aspect that makes Ignite a must-attend event is how Microsoft made several major announcements to their security stack and highlighted key emerging themes. Below are a few that were especially interesting for security professionals.

Microsoft Defender for DevOps

Defender for DevOps aims to give organizations visibility over the security posture across multiple DevOps environments (Github and Azure DevOps) and allows for the remediation of critical security issues within code.

Microsoft Defender Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM)

The toolset expands on the existing capabilities of Defender for Cloud, to provide contextual risk- based information across cloud infrastructure. This also includes the ability to provide a proactive attack path analysis to help identify the most exploitable resources across connected workloads.

Microsoft Intune Advanced Management Suite

An additional suite of tools to be added to Intune to provide capabilities such as: Endpoint Privilege Management, which will allow the ability to dynamically elevate standard users to admin for specific tasks and Microsoft Tunnel for mobile app management, which will enable workers to securely access company resources without requiring a device enrolment.

Entra enhancements

Three key enhancements to the Azure AD element of Entra will provide more robust protection of the identity environment. These include:

  • Workload Identity coverage, which provides a solution for managing and securing identities that are related to apps and services. This includes conditional access and access review capabilities.
  • Certificate based authentication, which allows customers to deploy Phishing Resistant authentication through Azure AD and one of the last major blockers in removing ADFS and shifting your authentication fully to the cloud
  • Conditional Access Authentication Strengths, which gives organizations the ability to secure resources with the right level of MFA, i.e., phishing-resistant MFA for the most critical resources. This is especially pertinent in the current climate with MFA fatigue becoming a real issue for organisations.

Critical Defense for Your IT and OT Environments

If you missed the Ignite session with Open Systems Chief Cloud Officer Paul Keely and Microsoft Senior Business Development Manager Frank Bunn, who presented a live session “critical defense for your IT and OT investments” you can now view it on demand.

Other Open Systems content you can view on the Ignite site:

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