Back in July, Microsoft acquired cloud security firm CloudKnox to bolster protection on the Microsoft Azure platform. This week, Microsoft is back to explain exactly how CloudKnox will work on Azure and how the service will function moving forward.
Specifically, Microsoft says CloudKnox will continue to be available as a separate product for new and existing customers. For those who are using the service outside Azure, “sales, engineering, and service support” will now come from Microsoft. Pricing will also remain the same, says Alex Simons, corporate vice president for identity program management at Microsoft.
Instead of lock down the service to Azure exclusivity, CloudKnox will continue as a multi-cloud security tool:
“In fact, the #1 reason Microsoft purchased CloudKnox was to accelerate our ability to help customers manage their AWS and Google Cloud Platform, and VMware deployments,” Simons points out, as reported by rcpmag.
If you are unfamiliar with CloudKnox Security, it develops Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM) services. As a leader in the space, the company allows organizations to manage permissions and privilege access. Using analytics, the platform protects against security breaches
Azure Active Directory
While it will be available across the cloud, Microsoft's interest in CloudKnox was the benefits it can bring when integration with Azure Active Directory. It will allow customers to monitor and automate multi-cloud, cloud, and hybrid permissions. Microsoft has previously discussed the benefits th security tool brings to Azure AD:
- “Automated and simplified access policy enforcement in one integrated multi-cloud platform for all human and workload identities.
- The widest breadth of signal-enabling, high-precision machine learning-based anomaly detections.
- Seamless integration with other Microsoft cloud security services, including Microsoft 365 Defender, Azure Defender and Azure Sentinel.”
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