- Is security among the most important three aspects of online surfing to you?
- It should be, as Microsoft fought off a record 71 billion threats during 2021.
- Now, the tech giant has launched its very own online cybersecurity magazine.
- Cyber Signals can be read for free, and it tackles personal/enterprise security.
Have you heard of Cyber Signals? Well, there’s no need to worry if you didn’t, because there aren’t many who did.
Cyber Signals is, in fact, a brand new online cybersecurity magazine launched by Microsoft, that contains the latest Redmond research and data regarding various current cyber threats.
This magazine will be released quarterly and in its announcement blog post, security experts advertised that it was able to prevent literally billions of cybersecurity threats last year.
Microsoft ended 2021 with 71 billion cyberattacks blocked
Although the number might seem staggering to some, the tech giant says it blocked almost 71 billion cyberattacks in 2021.
This was achieved by using internal resource such as Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Defender for Office 365, and Microsoft Azure Active Directory.
The new online publication aggregates insights from Microsoft’s security research and security teams on the frontlines.
Oc course, this includes analysis from our 24 trillion security signals combined with intelligence gathered by monitoring more than 40 nation-state groups and over 140 threat groups.
Through the first edition, analysts discuss the topic of identity, which are made up of everything we say and do in our lives, recorded as data that spans across a sea of apps and services.
Even though the Microsoft team has stopped tens of billions of attacks last year, the tech giant has also expressed major concern about how people treat these threats.
The lack of adoption of security techniques such as multi-factor authentication and passwordless solutions is more than noticeable.
While threats have been rising fast over the past two years, there has been low adoption of strong identity authentication, such as multifactor authentication (MFA) and passwordless solutions. For example, our research shows that across industries, only 22 percent of customers using Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Microsoft’s Cloud Identity Solution, have implemented strong identity authentication protection as of December 2021.
So, the major lesson to be learned here is that, besides the protection offered to us by the company we choose as our tech provider, there are certain measures we personally have to take.
Yes, Microsoft’s Defender will swoop down and start punching cyber bad guys left and right, but it might not always be able to properly protect us, especially from ourselves.
Be careful with what you click on, and make sure you don’t open or download any content from any emails you might have received from untrusted or unknown sources.
If you’ve already read the Cyber Signals magazine, tell us what you think about it in the comments section below.