Microsoft encourages hacking its cloud services with ‘Safe Harbor’


American tech giant Microsoft Corporation has released a press statement yesterday encouraging hackers to hack into its Azure cloud. Technically speaking, the company wants to encourage security hackers to find vulnerabilities in its cloud services platform as a part of the ‘Safe Harbor’ initiative.

“From the past few years, white hat hackers have been regularly updating the software giant about the vulnerabilities available in Windows, Office and Browser products. Microsoft now wants to extend the service to Azure”, said Kimberley Price who supervises the community programs in Microsoft’s Security Response Center.

In fact, the company is thinking to take no legal action against researchers and will create reward system/ bug bounty programs to those who expose the security flaws on Azure Cloud Platform- in lines with Google, added Price.

Microsoft runs services in the cloud for its customers and is serious about the risks existing in the current cyber landscape. So, the software giant is all set to release a ‘Safe harbor’ statement giving researchers a green signal in reporting the vulnerabilities of Azure Cloud.

Meanwhile, Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President of Cybersecurity Solutions, Microsoft has disclosed to the world that her company’s Cyber Defense Operations Center sees around 6.5 trillion cyberattacks aimed at the company. And over 1.5 billion intrusions are detected on the tech giants’ network of products and services in a 24-hour span every day.

Ann Johnson’s team responsibility is to keep all the threat actors at bay and she admitted that her team uses a lot of machine learning tools to automatically deal with the situation.

Ms. Johnson who will be speaking at a conference in Dublin next week says that Microsoft is planning to introduce passwordless services soon.

More details are awaited!

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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