Microsoft wants to help you detect and deter your cybersecurity threats

Cybersecurity needs are growing at a time when the security industry (and many others) struggles with a labor shortage. Microsoft aims to address some of that problem by offering a comprehensive cybersecurity suite to help businesses navigate a rapidly expanding threat landscape.

The Seattle-based tech giant recently announced the addition of three services that will help businesses in an increasingly tense cyber environment. One of the products aims to help companies identify new threats, while another extends the reach of Microsoft employees who can help companies manage threats. And it’s something to be aware of: Most small businesses would not survive a week after a ransomware attack, research shows.

Having fewer cyber professionals managing the threat landscape makes it easier for attackers to maneuver systems and exploit vulnerabilities. Nearly one in three jobs in the U.S. cybersecurity industry are vacant, with 2.5 million job openings in security positions, according to Microsoft Corporate Vice President Vasu Jakkal, who focuses on security and compliance.

Microsoft’s expansion of its line of cybersecurity products amid a massive labor shortage speaks to another point all businesses should consider: Even if fewer people work for you, the need for cybersecurity continues to grow.

It is a mistake for companies to think that they are not large or profitable enough to be immune to a cyber attack. So says Stephen Semmelroth, senior director of security at Chicago-based security firm AVANT Communications.

“The bad guys don’t care how many employees you have,” says Semmelroth. “They don’t care what your sales or profits look like. And they don’t care what industry or geography you’re in.”

“What they care about is: Can they make you pay?”

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