As cloud based storage and application hosting are strategic for the future, improved security tools will be rolled out in 2016 to facilitate management and protection for these critical resources.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3038043/microsoft-adds-new-security-enhancements-to-its-cloud-offerings.html

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3005736/data-protection/microsoft-touts-new-holistic-approach-to-enterprise-security.html

Microsoft is adding a range of new security management and reporting features to its Office 365 and Azure cloud services as part of the company’s holistic approach to enterprise security announced last year.   In April, the company will release a new product called Microsoft Cloud App Security that will allow customers to gain better visibility, control and security for data hosted in cloud apps like Office 365, Box, SalesForce, ServiceNow and Ariba. The new product is based on technology from Adallom, a cloud access security broker Microsoft acquired in September.

Office 365 will also get some new security management capabilities that will be integrated with Microsoft Cloud App Security. These include security alerts that notify administrators of suspicious activity in the service; cloud app discovery that lets IT departments know the cloud services Office 365 users are connecting to; and app permissions, allowing administrators to revoke or approve third-party services that users can connect to Office 365.

Early in the second quarter, Microsoft plans to roll out Customer Lockbox for SharePoint Online and OneDrive, which will improve the customer approval process and will provide more transparency in situations when Microsoft engineers need to access Office 365 accounts and data to troubleshoot problems. Customer Lockbox is already available for Exchange Online.

The Azure Security Center received additional security management and reporting options. Customers can now configure security policies for resource groups instead for an entire subscription base. This allows them to set different policies for different types of workloads. Microsoft has added a new Power BI Dashboard to allow customers to better visualize, analyze and filter security alerts from any of their systems and devices in order to discover possible attack patterns and trends.