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Rick Wagner: Microsoft Broadens Cybersecurity Support for Federal Government

Rick Wagner

Microsoft has announced a detailed series of actions the company will be taking in response to the recent Biden Administration initiatives for implementing security tools and best practices to bolster national cybersecurity. In total, Microsoft will be investing $20 billion over the next five years to design and deliver advanced security solutions that will accelerate the nation’s cybersecurity missions.

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U.S. Government, Allies Link Microsoft Exchange Hack to China

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The U.S. government and allies, including the U.K., European Union and NATO, have attributed the Microsoft Exchange Server (MSS) and other malicious cyber activities to threat actors with ties to China’s ministry of state security. Cyber actors linked to China’s MSS used zero-day vulnerabilities in Exchange Server to perform “cyber espionage operations."

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Microsoft Partners With U.S. Army Engineers To Use Azure Cloud For Extreme Weather Modeling

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Microsoft announced on Wednesday that the company has signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with U.S. Army engineers use the company’s Azure Government cloud for a system that models extreme weather around coasts. The CRADA stipulates that the Army Engineer Research and Design Center (ERDC) will use CSTORM-MS, a coastal storm modeling system, to demonstrate its scalability in Azure.

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Anne Neuberger: Microsoft Exchange Hack Attribution, Follow-Up Action Coming Soon

Anne Neuberger

Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, hinted that the White House will release a formal attribution for the hack of Microsoft's Exchange email service in the coming weeks and what steps the government will take in response to the cyberattack. 

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Ball Aerospace-Microsoft Team Completes Demonstrations of Cloud-Based Data Processing

Ball Aerospace, teaming with Microsoft, has completed a series of successful demonstrations to showcase the viability of using commercial cloud computing to process and securely deliver actionable information. "Our tests showed that the cloud is, in fact, a viable solution for data processing, exploitation and dissemination of data that is not only fast but also flexible, secure, scalable and resilient," said Steve Smith

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CISA Issues Directive on Using Cybersecurity Tools to Detect Microsoft Exchange Server Risks

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a supplemental direction to help agencies use new tools for identifying vulnerabilities in their Microsoft Exchange Servers. CISA said Wednesday that the emergency directive recommends agencies to use the Microsoft Safety Scanner or Microsoft Support Emergency Response Tool (MSERT) as well as the Test-ProxyLogon.ps1 script.

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FBI-CISA Joint Advisory Links Nation-State Actors to Microsoft Exchange Server Compromise

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The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have issued a joint advisory saying hackers trying to exploit vulnerabilities in on-premises Microsoft Exchange Servers include nation-state actors and that the targeted organizations in this breach appear to match the entities that are being zeroed in by threat actors from China, Nextgov reported Thursday.

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CISA Asks Agencies to Apply Patches to Microsoft Exchange On-Premises Servers Via Emergency Directive

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released an emergency directive requiring agencies to update their on-premises Microsoft Exchange Servers with security patches or disconnect the products. All agency chief information officers should submit a report by Friday, March 5th, using the provided template to inform CISA about their status.

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Microsoft’s Brad Smith: Reforms Needed to Speed Up Bid Protest Process

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Microsoft President Brad Smith said the federal government should introduce reforms to expedite the protest process for contract awards. Microsoft has not started work on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud computing contract the Department of Defense (DOD) awarded in October 2019 due to an ongoing protest filed by Amazon Web Services (AWS) in November of that year.

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AIS Names Microsoft’s Patricia Obermaier to Board of Directors; Larry Katzman Quoted

Patricia Obermaier

Applied Information Sciences (AIS) has appointed Patricia Obermaier, vice president of the U.S. Health and Life Sciences unit with Microsoft, to its Board of Directors, the company reported on Tuesday. “As a senior leader in Microsoft, her insight and guidance will help us forge new opportunities to expand our already impressive 25+ year partnership with Microsoft, particularly with Azure cloud offerings," said Larry Katzman, president and CEO, AIS.

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