Security

The latest news on Microsoft and digital security

Microsoft unveils a key weapon in the fight against hackers

Hackers will now find it even harder to steal customer information from companies after Microsoft rolled out new security features in its UK data centres. The technology firm announced that Azure SQL Threat Detection will send users an alert when their website is being attacked and suggest how to deal … Read more »

Microsoft can now help you store your financial data closer to home

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Organisations concerned about payment fraud can now securely store their customers’ financial details in the UK after Microsoft was told its data centres in the country met crucial, global guidelines. The company’s sites in the UK have been cleared to store, process and move data about credit card holders, allowing … Read more »

2017 predictions: Cybersecurity will take centre stage

So far this week, Microsoft’s leaders in the UK have looked at artificial intelligence, the cloud, games and apps. Today, we turn our attention to cybersecurity and education. Stuart Aston, UK National Security Officer at Microsoft, comments on how we keep our data secure as more of us surround ourselves … Read more »

Microsoft now offers private connections to its UK data centres

Microsoft’s customers are now able to use private connections to the company’s UK data centres. Microsoft’s partners are providing a gateway from PSN/N3 to ExpressRoute and into Azure – just one of the new services the group has unveiled since the company launched its Azure and Office 365 cloud offering in … Read more »

Microsoft explains why Azure is perfect for financial firms

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Financial companies that want to move work to the cloud have been told by Microsoft that its Azure service complies with the new guidance released by the UK’s top regulator. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) released guidance in July aimed at aiding firms from the financial services sector as they move … Read more »

The 10 charts that show the UK needs to embrace the cloud and AI

Research has revealed that nearly half of UK bosses believe they have to embrace digital transformation or see their company fail within the next five years. However, while 44% of business managers understand that the sudden shift to a more digital society will require changes in how they work in … Read more »

Future Decoded 2016: in pictures

Microsoft held its Future Decoded event, which is aimed at helping businesses digitally transform so they can grow and succeed, on November 1 and 2. Thousands of attendees heard from speakers including Chancellor Philip Hammond, who vowed to tackle cyber criminals, author Bill Bryson and Paralympic athlete Martine Wright. Here is a … Read more »

Future Decoded 2016: day two – as it happened

Future Decoded held on November 1 and 2 Microsoft unveils Microsoft Teams, a new collaboration tool Speakers today include Uber’s Chris Messina and Roger Walkden, HoloLens Commercial Lead Exclusive HoloLens developer session Thousands of people to attend at ExCeL, London Latest 17:52 And that’s the end of Future Decoded. We … Read more »

Future Decoded: Chancellor Philip Hammond vows to tackle cyber criminals

Philip Hammond, Microsoft, chancellor, Future Decoded

Phillip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has used his keynote speech at Microsoft’s Future Decoded event to launch a new National Cyber Security Strategy and “strike back” against cyber criminals. Speaking on the first day of the technology conference Hammond said his “three-pillar plan” of Defend, Deter and Develop to protect the privacy … Read more »

Future Decoded 2016: Day One – as it happened

Future Decoded held on November 1 and 2 Chancellor Philip Hammond and author Bill Bryson speak at event Hammond: The tech industry is the future of the British economy Chris Bishop, head of Microsoft Research Cambridge: AI will transform nearly every aspect of our lives Thousands of people to attend at ExCeL, … Read more »

Windows Anniversary update: log into websites using your face

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The days of trying to remember passwords could be over after Microsoft unveiled plans to allow Windows users to log into websites using just their face. The move is part of the Windows 10 Anniversary update, which will be released for free on August 2 and features increased security, enhanced … Read more »

Cyber criminals step up attacks on UK computers

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Cyber criminals have intensified attacks on the UK, a new report has revealed, with the number of computers being infected by viruses surging at the end of last year. The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, released on Thursday, found that criminals are using videos and other digital media to customise their … Read more »

Safer Internet Day: Top 10 online safety tips

Today marks Safer Internet Day 2016 and Microsoft wants to help educate, engage, and inspire people to better protect themselves and others online. Here are some useful tips to make sure you’re staying safe on the internet. For further support and advice about internet safety, please visit: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2016 Get support … Read more »

What is the most likely cause of data breach?

Did you know that 90% of data breaches happen because software is not up to date? Falling behind with patching updates can leave your business vulnerable to attack. Ask yourself this: if you knew that burglars had the keys to your front door, would you change the locks? Of course … Read more »

June is Internet Safety Month – Get involved

By Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft Corp. Dedicated to promoting online safety, June presents a unique opportunity for youth and parents to become better “digital citizens”, and to protect themselves and others from potentially harmful online content and activities, including topics that some may prefer to not even … Read more »

Questions (and answers) for parents about kids’ online safety

By Jacqueline Beauchere – Chief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft We often pose a few questions to parents – in conversations, forums, research and elsewhere – about how much they know about their children’s online safety practices. Along with sharing these queries, we thought it might be a good idea to … Read more »

Get scammed or get savvy?

For our customers, one of the most frequent problems is the phishing phone call: Your phone rings. You answer it and find the person at the other end telling you they are calling to inform you that your computer has been compromised or is infected with malware or a virus. … Read more »

Are you ready to #Do1MoreThing for Safer Internet Day 2015?

The Internet is ubiquitous in young people’s day to day lives. Whether it be research for a school project, talking to friends on Skype, listening to music, the web enhances the things young people need to do and allows them to actively pursue things they want to do. Young people … Read more »