Apr 22, 2021   |   Jason Kellington

Sharing how Microsoft now secures its network with a Zero Trust model

Editor’s note: We’ve republished this blog with a new companion video. Safeguarding corporate resources is a high priority for any business, but how does Microsoft protect a network perimeter that extends to thousands of global endpoints accessing corporate data and services 24 hours a day, seven days a week? It’s all about communication, collaboration, and...

Jan 11, 2021   |   Serah Delaini

Making renewing certificates easier at Microsoft with Microsoft Azure

Cybersecurity is a constant challenge at Microsoft. To protect the connections between computer servers, resources, and their users, the company regularly uses digital certificates signed by trusted authority providers. Every quarter, the Microsoft Digital team is responsible for some 4,000 digital certificate renewals. At two to four hours to do each one, sometimes more, this...

Dec 14, 2020   |   Mark Skorupa

Microsoft’s digital security team answers your Top 10 questions on Zero Trust

Our internal digital security team at Microsoft spends a fair amount of time talking to enterprise customers who face similar challenges when it comes to managing and securing a globally complex enterprise using a Zero Trust security model. While every organization is unique, and Zero Trust isn’t a “one size fits all” approach, nearly every...

Sep 30, 2020   |   Aleenah Ansari

Lessons Microsoft learned from applying Zero Trust during COVID-19

The world, and ways employees work, have been forever changed by COVID-19. Thanks to Microsoft cloud technologies like Microsoft Teams, Azure Active Directory, and Microsoft’s modern security approach, Zero Trust, employees no longer need to physically be in the office to be productive. The power of the cloud already opened the doors for us to...

Jul 22, 2020   |   Serah Delaini

Using Microsoft Azure to develop a robust external supplier API catalog

For decades, Microsoft operations teams have provided digitized information to external vendors and partners. They need access to all kinds of transactional details like invoice payments and shipping information—the sooner, the better. This data-sharing often required complex manual processes. There were ongoing security concerns and a lack of tools that supported application programming interface (API)...

Apr 29, 2020   |   Aleenah Ansari

Using a Zero Trust strategy to secure Microsoft’s network during remote work

Microsoft’s cloud-first strategy enables most Microsoft employees to directly access applications and services via the internet, but remote workers still use the company’s virtual private network (VPN) to access some corporate resources and applications when they’re outside of the office. This became increasingly apparent when Microsoft prepared for its employees to work remotely in response...

Mar 23, 2020   |   Lukas Velush

Running on VPN: How Microsoft is keeping its remote workforce connected

When Microsoft began preparing for its employees to work remotely in response to COVID-19, it was the job of Ludo Hauduc, corporate vice president of Core Platform Engineering in Microsoft Digital, and his team to make sure that the company’s internal network would hold up. They were cautiously optimistic—the team had just rebuilt the entire...

Oct 16, 2019   |   Lukas Velush

How Microsoft used SQL Azure and Azure Service Fabric to rebuild a key internal app

When Raja Narayan took over supporting the Payee Management Application that Microsoft Finance uses to onboard new suppliers and partners, the experience was broken. “Our application’s infrastructure was on-premises,” Narayan says. “It was a big, old-school architecture monolith and, although we had database-based logging in place, there was no alerting setup at any level. Bugs...

Oct 2, 2019   |   Lukas Velush

Shepherding how Microsoft employees use Microsoft Azure

Microsoft employees are inventive when it comes to exploring what they can do with Microsoft Azure. The last thing Vazjier Rosario wants to do is stifle that creativity. “I think of it as providing guardrails,” says Rosario, who leads a new Microsoft Digital Cloud Governance team that guides Microsoft employees on how to get the...