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Officials see a real change in Microsoft’s security plans: financial accountability

May 14, 2024
Cybersecurity Dive
Contributed by: Drex DeFord
Summary
Microsoft has initiated a comprehensive cybersecurity overhaul, motivated by recent high-profile breaches and internal demands for enhanced security measures. Prompted by a shift in corporate strategy that aligns executive compensation with security outcomes, this initiative marks a significant departure from Microsoft's previous security efforts. Despite historical efforts, such as Bill Gates' 2002 memo prioritizing security, the current revival under CEO Satya Nadella's directive underscores an evolved approach towards embedding security into the fabric of the company's culture and operations. The initiative also responds to critical feedback, notably from a Cyber Safety Review Board report detailing security lapses that facilitated a major breach of Microsoft Exchange by a nation-state affiliated group, emphasizing the urgency of a security-first methodology across all levels of the organization.
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