Microsoft widens enterprise access to its threat intelligence pool

Microsoft says it will give enterprise security operation centers broader access to the massive amount of threat intelligence it collects every day.

Both services – Defender Threat Intelligence and Defender External Attack Surface Management – use technologies that Microsoft inherited when it bought cybersecurity company RiskIQ for $500 million in 2021.

Microsoft endevors to protect enterprise systems through its own products and its Azure cloud security capabilities in large part by processing vast amounts of signal and threat intelligence.

RiskIQ came to Microsoft with technologies that collect and use security intelligence to protect an enterprise’s attack surface by detecting threats and suspicious activity and remediating vulnerabilities.

The threat intelligence available through Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence comes from the secure research teams that were once part of RiskIQ and now are integrated into Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center – which tracks nation-state threats – and the Microsoft 365 Defender security groups.

Through the new service, enterprise SOCs can access raw threat intelligence that provide details on threat groups, from their names to their tools and tactics.

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