Microsoft On-Premises Warning: Customers Must Protect Their Own Identity Infrastructure – CRN

Microsoft On-Premises Warning: Customers Must Protect Their Own Identity Infrastructure – CRN

Microsoft is urging customers to embrace the cloud for security, warning customers with on-premises services that they are responsible for protecting their own identity infrastructure.

The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant strongly recommends that customers manage identity and access from the cloud, noting that with Azure Active Directory, Microsoft is responsible for protecting the identity infrastructure from the cloud. Microsoft said it’s able to detect and remediate attacks no one else can see thanks to visibility provided by the company’s cloud-scale machine learning systems.

“We were also reminded of the importance of cloud technology over on-premises software,” Vasu Jakkal, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of security, compliance and identity, wrote in a blog post Thursday. “Cloud technologies like Microsoft 365, Azure and the additional premium layers of services available as part of these solutions improve a defender’s ability to protect their own environment.”

[Related: SolarWinds Hackers Kept Going After Microsoft Until January]

Microsoft said Thursday that the SolarWinds hackers were able to download some source code for its Azure, Exchange and Intune cloud-based products. The downloaded Azure source code was for subsets of its service, security and identity components, according to Microsoft.

Organizations that delegate trust to on-premises components in deployments that connect on-premises infrastructure and the cloud end up with an additional seam they need to secure, the Microsoft Security Research Center (MSRC) wrote in a blog post Thursday. As a result, if an on-premises environment is compromised, Microsoft said
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