Cybersecurity is at an inflection point. The move to remote working and the endpoint vulnerabilities that go with it are a permanent part of the new normal.\n\nThere are multiple factors causing organizations to rethink their security strategies. For example, ransomware is now a successful business model for a new breed of smart, deep-pocketed bad actors. Also, it is difficult and costly to find and retain cybersecurity professionals with the expertise to protect enterprise data against a new generation of attacks. In addition, most enterprises use multiple tools and solutions that must be managed by lean, in-house security teams.\n\nFirst: Simplify \n\nThe first step in dealing with any overwhelming situation is to make it simpler.\n\nOrganizations don\u2019t need to deal with multiple different vendors and tools, each with different license agreements and upgrade cycles that require integration with each other. Reducing their number should be at the top of your to-do list.\n\nOne approach is to adopt an integrated suite of security products from a single vendor. For example, most organizations already use Microsoft 365, which includes Microsoft Teams and other Microsoft applications. Also, many of these customers have purchased the E5 security suite, which includes Microsoft\u2019s integrated security features that protect Microsoft 365, endpoints, and cloud applications, as well as providing identity and compliance management.\n\n\u201cMicrosoft has market-leading security products and tremendous scale to back them up,\u201d said Peter Scott, Director of Security at DXC Technology. \u201cIn addition, Microsoft is investing $20 billion in security over the next five years. Considering this investment and dedication to security, it makes sense for organizations to consider Microsoft when looking to simplify their security toolsets.\u201d\n\nThe degree to which you can consolidate may be surprising. It\u2019s possible to consolidate 26 separate tools onto Microsoft and its partners:\n\n\n\nPerceptions are changing\n\nAnalysts that evaluate cybersecurity software, such as Forrester Research and Gartner, increasingly rank Microsoft security products among the leaders. One reason is the vast amount of worldwide security signals that Microsoft gathers \u2013 valuable intelligence that the company is leveraging to build highly effective software to defeat the bad actors.\n\n\u201cMicrosoft has a very large, cyber Petri dish within which to research cyber threats,\u201d said Scott. So, when large-scale attacks occur, Microsoft has the cyber intelligence that is instrumental in taking down the bad guys.\u201d\n\nFor example, Microsoft cybersecurity tools map to the MITRE attack framework, and they are integrated with each other. This integration capability reduces the burden on your cybersecurity teams and it can help to better protect the enterprise by preventing malware from moving laterally within an organization.\n\nHowever, Microsoft Security goes beyond securing Microsoft products. It also now helps protect AWS and Google Cloud environments, as well as Linux, MacOS, iOS for iPhone, iPadOS, and Android.\n\nAnother advantage: From the Microsoft Sentinel security information and event management (SIEM) solution, you can view your entire cybersecurity environment from a single pane of glass. Having this visibility delivers confidence that security tools and policies are working as they should.\n\nHow to implement Microsoft cybersecurity \n\nWhat next? As an enterprise, you may not be ready to rip out your existing defenses and install new ones. That would be a risky maneuver that would be hard to justify. Instead, plan a security journey to replace point products as you leverage the Microsoft suite. At every step, test integrations with your existing environment, and ensure that effective monitoring and protections are working.\n\n"Being part of the large Microsoft ecosystem brings with it the benefit of extensive real-time information sharing," Scott said. For example, as a customer, when you send threat information to Microsoft, that anonymized data is pooled with input from Microsoft\u2019s other customers in a process similar to crowdsourcing. The data is then mined for insights that are returned to all enterprises, so everyone gains the benefit of shared experiences.\u00a0\n\nGetting started may feel daunting. That\u2019s why it\u2019s important to leverage an expert partner. DXC has decades of experience helping hundreds of the world\u2019s largest enterprises to get the best value from Microsoft technology. As a global systems integrator, the company also has deep knowledge of third-party tools and how to integrate them.\n\nFor example, a large automaker turned to DXC for help with Azure Sentinel and Azure Defender for IoT \u2014 moving from stove-piped, multi-tooling solutions to a unified security service with enterprise-wide protection.\n\nDXC also supported a global manufacturing leader in the implementation of Microsoft Sentinel, which has transformed an environment with multiple disparate tools into a unified, well-monitored cybersecurity service. Also, because the manufacturer operates with more than 40,000 onsite and offsite users, the company benefitted from DXC\u2019s global partnership with Microsoft and expertise in maximizing the value of Microsoft Office 365 E5 licensing with its advanced security capabilities.\n\n\u201cSometimes security is bolted on afterwards,\u201d Scott said. \u201cThat\u2019s not how we think of security at DXC. Security needs to be embedded in the operational environment.\u201d \n\nWith more than 3,000 cybersecurity professionals worldwide based in regional centers of excellence, DXC can protect data effectively, economically, and locally.\n\n\u201cDXC runs IT for some of the largest and most complex companies in the world every minute of every day,\u201d said Scott. \u201cThat gives us visibility and experience that\u2019s unrivaled, and it positions us really well to help our customers remain secure.\u201d\n\n \n\nClick here to discover more about the DXC and Microsoft partnership.