UAE Ministry of Community Development picks Microsoft to protect against ATPs

Ministry standardises cybersecurity strategy using Microsoft Defender ATP

The national agenda for Vision 2021 will rely more and more on a stable technology environment, said Abdulla.
The national agenda for Vision 2021 will rely more and more on a stable technology environment, said Abdulla.

The UAE’s Ministry of Community Development (MOCD) has selected Microsoft’s Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to protect its IT perimeter and defend against endpoint attacks, advanced threats, fileless attacks and zero-day exploits.

“As we work to improve social development in the UAE, and pursue the national agenda for Vision 2021, our responsibility to strengthen family coherence and consolidate the position of our nation as a place of happiness will rely more and more on a stable technology environment,” said Saeed Abdulla, information technology advisor – Minister’s Office, UAE Ministry of Community Development. “To protect, detect and respond to sophisticated and advanced threats, we partnered with Microsoft to implement its security and compliance solutions.”

With an evolving threats landscape, third-party anti-virus software was insufficient to guard against sophisticated, fileless and zero-day threats. The MOCD then opted to standardise its cybersecurity strategy using Microsoft Defender ATP to streamline operations and enable a more coherent defence of its digital infrastructure.

“We are proud to partner with the Ministry of Community Development, against cyber attackers, and bolster the ministry’s perimeter against a daily siege. That way, its innovators can concentrate on improving people’s lives while being amply protected against those with a more sinister outlook,” said Sayed Hashish, general manager, Microsoft UAE.

Microsoft says it invests more than $1 billion each year in cybersecurity R&D. Each day, the company sees around 30 million attempts to access Microsoft accounts by unauthorised parties and analyses 6.5 trillion signals each day for potential malicious activity. Microsoft Defender ATP fends off 160 million potential threats in a day or 5 billion every month. In 2018 alone, Microsoft blocked more than 5 billion phishing attempts. In addition, the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph contains insights from more than 200 global cloud and commercial services.

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