Microsoft has announced the launch of a new online cybersecurity magazine, CyberSignals, which will cover the latest research from Microsoft and current threats in cyberspace. The magazine will be published quarterly, and according to the company’s blog, just last year alone, Microsoft managed to stop tens of billions of cyber threats with the tools the company developed.
According to Microsoft, a total of around 71 billion cyber attacks were blocked with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Defender for Office 365 and Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AD) in 2021.
The main threats are distributed as follows:
- Endpoint Threats:
From January to December 2021, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint blocked more than 9.6 billion malware threats on corporate and consumer devices.
- Email Threats:
Microsoft Defender for Office 365 blocked more than 35.7 billion phishing and other malicious messages targeting business and consumers.
- Account Theft Threats:
Microsoft (Azure Active Directory) has tracked and blocked more than 25.6 billion attempts to take control of user accounts with attempts to use “brute force” to hack into systems.
At the same time, Microsoft expressed concern about the apparent under-spreading of technologies like multi-factor authentication and “passwordless” solutions. Although the number of threats has continued to grow over the past two years, strong authentication methods are still not widely used, the company said. The company’s cross-industry research found that as of December 2021, only 22% of Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and Cloud Identity Solution users were using strong authentication methods.
A PDF version of the first issue of Cyber Signals is available here.