Microsoft Expands Free Security Tools Following Criticism Over Charging Practices
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
- Microsoft is making advanced features of its digital auditing suite, Microsoft Purview, available to all customers in the coming months without charge.
- The company’s previous practice of charging for advanced security tools faced criticism, especially after a high-profile hack at the U.S. State and Commerce Departments.
- Cybersecurity experts and lawmakers have emphasized the importance of free security tools to enhance visibility and investigation into cybersecurity incidents.
Microsoft is expanding its range of free security tools for customers after facing criticism for charging them to protect against vulnerabilities in the company’s own software. The decision comes in the aftermath of a major hack allegedly conducted by Chinese spies, which led to the theft of emails from senior U.S. officials. Security experts and lawmakers had raised concerns about the practice of charging for essential security features, urging the company to offer them free of charge.
In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced that it will make advanced features of its digital auditing suite, called Microsoft Purview, available to all customers in the coming months without any cost. While these tools may not prevent hacks on their own, they play a crucial role in helping organizations identify and analyze intrusions in their networks, enabling them to take appropriate actions to mitigate risks.
The previous practice of charging for the advanced versions of security tools faced widespread criticism, particularly following a significant cyberattack on the U.S. State and Commerce Departments. The hack, attributed to a breach and coding flaws, was only detected when one of the victims noticed an abnormality while reviewing digital logs. In response, cybersecurity experts and officials emphasized the importance of providing security tools free of charge to ensure improved visibility and effective investigation into cybersecurity incidents.
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