Microsoft and Cyber Security: Popping Up a Level?

May 15, 2020

Remember when Microsoft “invented” DOS? What happened to Gary? Nothing good.

Remember when Microsoft “invented” compression? What happened to those Stacker people? Poof.

Remember when Microsoft “reinvented” enterprise search? What happened to Fast Search & Transfer’s UNIX licensees? Hasta la vista, muchachos.

Now Microsoft seems to be preparing to convert the cyber security vendors into Microsoft partners. We noted “Microsoft Opens Up Coronavirus Threat Data to the Public.” Another virtue signaling story? Maybe.

The article reports/asserts:

Microsoft is making the threat intelligence it’s collected on coronavirus-related hacking campaigns public…

That seems useful. Here’s another piece of information presented as a quote from the head of the Cyber Security Alliance:

“Overall, the security industry has not seen an increase in the volume of malicious activity; however, we have seen a rapid and dramatic shift in the focus of that criminal activity,” Daniel, a former White House cybersecurity coordinator, told CyberScoop. “The bad guys have shifted their focus to COVID-19 related themes, trying to capitalize on people’s fears, the overall lack of information, and the increase in first-time users of many on-line platforms.”

The article points out:

The 283 threat indicators Microsoft has shared are available through Microsoft’s Graph Security API or Azure Sentinel’s GitHub page.

Open information. Github. Partnering. Fighting disease. — How much goodness can one services firm deliver?

DarkCyber believes that Microsoft is dropping apples that do not fall far from the DOS, Stacker, and Fast Search UNIX tree.

Microsoft wants to be in the thick of cyber security in order to surround and benefit from the money flowing into a starting-to-consolidate cyber sector.

Only this week, a Florida based vendor of investigative software started beating the bushes for a buyer. Consolidation has begun and is accelerating.

How can Microsoft benefit? Those cyber security outfits make darned good Microsoft partners. Installing, tuning, and customizing Microsoft services (on premises and in the cloud) makes good business sense.

Maybe DarkCyber is misinterpreting an act of sincere common good as a dark pattern?

On the other hand, we could ask Gary, a Stacker person, or a Fast Search UNIX licensee. Err, maybe not.

Stephen E Arnold, May 15, 2020


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