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Microsoft Inspire 2023: The Biggest Security News

Wade Tyler Millward

Microsoft Inspire 2023 news included updates for Security Copilot, Microsoft Defender, Purview and Sentinel.

An early access program for Security Copilot. New bring-your-own-detections capabilities for Purview Insider Risk Management. And general availability for Mobile Threat Defense for stand-alone Defender for Business users.

These are some of the biggest security announcements to come out of Microsoft Inspire 2023, the Redmond, Wash.-based vendor’s annual partner-focused event.

Inspire runs online from Tuesday to Wednesday.

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Microsoft Inspire 2023 Security News

Microsoft is recruiting more managed extended detection and response (MXDR) partners alongside first-party offerings to meet increased demand for remote threat disruption and containment capabilities, according to the vendor. Microsoft expects that by 2025, 60 percent of organizations will use that technology, up from 30 percent currently.

The vendor even has a Microsoft Engineering Verified MXDR Solution status that started last year.

Security partners of Microsoft have seen “a significant increase in their business,” according to the vendor. Partners have seen 14 percent growth year over year while partners focused on SMBs have seen “even more dramatic demand”—37 percent market expansion this last year.

And Microsoft will increase overall investments for security partners by about 50 percent this coming year, according to the vendor.

That growth is unsurprising when 82 percent of ransomware attacks target small businesses, according to Microsoft. SMBs typically lack internal security specialists, hence the importance of solution providers. The number of Microsoft-detected password attacks has more than tripled in the past 12 months, from 1,287 per second to more than 4,000 per second. Total losses grew almost 50 percent from 2021 to 2022, from $6.9 billion to more than $10.2 billion last year.

Other security news out of Microsoft Inspire 2023 include:

*A new integration with Blackpoint Cyber

*Graph APIs for Defender Threat Intelligence should allow for easier exporting and data ingestion

*The Microsoft Graph eDiscovery Export API Is now generally available (GA)

Read on for the biggest security announcements out of Inspire 2023.

Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at

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