Addressing cybersecurity proactively to support hybrid learning 

After detecting a potential cybersecurity threat, Fulton County Schools knew that it needed to investigate and come up with a diagnosis. Although its IT team found that the detected ransomware didn’t affect the school’s data, the district wanted to take a more proactive approach to cybersecurity moving forward.  Read more

Epic on Azure gaining rapid momentum 

For hospitals across the country, the pandemic reinforced the need to improve patient care by moving electronic health records (EHRs) from datacenters to the cloud for greater agility, security, and scalability. Modernization goals progressed during the past two years—driven by the impact of COVID-19, costs, and pressures—accelerating digital transformation. At Microsoft, we kept pace by Read more

New regulatory requirements put digital communications apps under closer scrutiny 

Customer protection and modernization are at the top of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) agenda for 2022 and beyond. With the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on remote work, a new emphasis on compliance for digital communications will affect every financial services firm and bank. Read more

Addressing critical K-12 education challenges using data and AI 

Serena Sacks-Mandel | General Manager, US Education Customer Success K-12 educators devote their lives to ensuring every child has the opportunity to learn, grow, and achieve their best. However, their work has become more challenging in the past few years. Issues of equity and access, social-emotional learning, and educational achievement have been exacerbated by the Read more

Beyond the pharma supply chain crisis: Action and impact 

Supply chain disruptions have become commonplace: natural disasters, international trade tensions, cyberattacks, and global pandemics are just a few of the shocks that can immobilize pharma companies.1 With cargo ships waiting to unload in the largest ports around the world, energy prices driving inflation, and shortages of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and essential chemicals, there Read more

Microsoft expands on cybersecurity commitments for U.S. government agencies 

Fostering U.S. economic growth and prosperity hinges on our collective ability to create a safer world. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently met with President Biden, cabinet officials, educational institutions, and top executives from some of the largest tech, financial services, insurance, and energy companies to address the critical challenge of cybersecurity. As the White House Read more

Uncovering new unknowns: How to approach EDR & logging Cyber EO milestones 

Our ongoing series on the Biden Administration’s Cybersecurity Executive Order (EO) has covered considerable ground to date — from demystifying the Zero Trust journey to providing strategies for securing critical software and classifying agency data — but there is still work to be done as we look ahead to the next wave of approaching milestones. Read more

EO Strategies for Securing Critical Software & Classifying Agency Data 

So far in our ongoing series on the Biden Administration’s Cybersecurity Executive Order (EO) to bolster the U.S. Government’s resilience against cyberattacks we’ve taken a look at what’s next for federal agencies and then mapped out major milestones. Two of those milestones are on August 10, 2021, focused on critical software and classifying agency data Read more

Helping state and local government agencies address cyber security 

Cyber-attacks against state and local governments are increasing and accelerating – even before COVID, two-thirds of attacks targeted state and local organizations. From January to May of 2020, there was a 350% increase in phishing attempts, with attackers taking advantage of the fear and uncertainty driven by COVID. With a nationwide workforce moving to remote Read more

Mapping the Cybersecurity Executive Order Milestones 

The recent Cybersecurity Executive Order lists July 11 as the first major deadline for all Federal civilian agencies to provide updated plans for adopting cloud technology and implementing a Zero Trust Architecture. To help agencies meet this immediate need and to accelerate their long-term journey towards secure cloud and Zero Trust, Microsoft has recently published Read more