How the cloud is evolving to improve enterprise security

Microsoft's executive vice president Jason Zander sat down with Dan Patterson to discuss cloud migration and how it benefits security in the enterprise.

How the cloud is evolving to improve enterprise security Microsoft's executive vice president Jason Zander sat down with Dan Patterson to discuss cloud migration and how it benefits security in the enterprise.

CNET and CBS News Senior Producer Dan Patterson spoke with Microsoft's executive vice president Jason Zander about cloud migration and how it benefits security in the enterprise. The following is an edited transcript of the interview.

Jason Zander: I think the cloud is actually a really big benefit to security that we have. Of course, that has to be job number one. We spend over a billion dollars in R&D, every single year at Microsoft, on security. That includes over 3,500 people that are constantly monitoring and watching what it looks like, building security features, and keeping track of that. We process over 6.5 trillion signals every day, looking for things that might go wrong or we have to protect against.

If you think about it, I don't want somebody buying their Xbox on a holiday and then on that morning, find out that hackers are actually going after the network, and I can't play. Those are all great examples we need to go after. You see Microsoft actually invests very heavily in making sure things are secure.

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I think the early days of the cloud, as companies were trying to figure out how do I take advantage of it? What you would see is a lot of people saying, maybe I can host my company's website. Maybe I could do DevTest, which basically means building new software, and testing it up there, but I might run it on-premises. We've seen that shift over time, to where now, mission-critical, or essentially the most sensitive applications, running finance, and HR, and other programs like that for companies, it gets run on top of the cloud and there is more and more of that happening. With the advent of machine learning and artificial intelligence, there's even new scenarios, that get unlocked and so you see more and more migration to the cloud, and brand new applications getting written.

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