Chuck Leaver – Microsoft Leads The Way With Intelligent Security Association

Written By David Shefter And Presented By Chuck Leaver


It’s a fantastic strategy: Microsoft has developed a mechanism for third party security businesses, like Ziften, to cooperate to better secure our customers. Everyone wins with the new Microsoft Intelligent Security Association, revealed very recently – and we are proud to be a founding member and part of the launch. Congratulations to Microsoft!

Sharing of Security Intelligence

Among the most interesting projects coming out of Microsoft has been the new Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph, a threat intelligence engine developed with artificial intelligence. The Intelligent Security Graph forms the foundation of the brand-new association – and the structure of a great deal of brand-new opportunities for innovation.

As Microsoft says, “Today, with the tremendous computing advantages offered by the cloud, the Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence is discovering brand-new methods to utilize its rich analytics engines and by applying a mix of automated and manual processes, artificial intelligence and human specialists, we are able to produce an intelligent security graph that learns from itself and progresses in real-time, decreasing our collective time to identify and respond to new occurrences.”

The need for much better, smarter, security is significant, and that’s why we’re thrilled to be a founding member of the new association.

Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, Enterprise Mobility + Security, recently composed, “Roughly 96% of all malware is polymorphic – meaning that it is only experienced by a single user and device prior to being changed with yet another malware variant. This is because in most cases malware is caught nearly as quick as it’s developed, so malware developers continually progress to try and stay ahead. Data such as this hammers home how important it is to have security options in place that are as nimble and innovative as the attacks.”

Advanced Endpoint Detection and Response

Which brings us to the kind of advanced endpoint detection and response (EDR) that Ziften provides to desktops, servers, and cloud assets – offering the enterprise unique all-the-time visibility and control for any asset, anywhere. No one offers the functionality you’ll discover in Ziften’s Zenith security platform.

That’s where the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association shines. After all, even the very best defenses can be breached, and security teams need to respond more quickly and more strongly to make sure the safety of their data and systems.

Ziften and Microsoft are delivering totally integrated risk security that covers clients’ endpoints – meaning customer devices, servers, and the cloud – with a foundation of shared intelligence and the power of the cloud to transform tracking of enterprise systems.

What Microsoft is Stating

“The Intelligent Security Association improves cooperation from leading sources to protect clients,” stated Microsoft. “Having already accomplished strong client momentum with our integrated Ziften and Microsoft Windows Defender ATP service, clients stand to further gain from continued partnership.”

What’s more, “Continued integration and intelligence sharing within the context of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph makes it possible for joint customers to more quickly and accurately discover, investigate and react to attacks across their whole endpoint and cloud base.”

What Ziften is Stating

Chuck Leaver, Ziften CEO, is informing everybody that our founding subscription in the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association is a huge win for our joint clients and potential customers – and it brings together everybody in the Microsoft universe and beyond (note that Ziften’s Mac and Linux products are also part of the Microsoft collaboration). “As security suppliers, we all recognize the need to cooperate and collaborate to secure our clients and their employees. Congratulations to Microsoft for leading this industry effort,” Chuck said.

The result: Improved security for our customers, and tighter integration and more development in the market. It’s a real win for everybody. Apart from the hackers, naturally. They will lose. Sorry, not sorry, people.