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When it comes to the enterprise attack surface, few pieces of infrastructure are as exploitable as identities. Cybercriminals work round the clock to exploit digital identities, with research (2022) showing that over 40% of all breaches involved stolen credentials.
By stealing a user’s identity, an individual can gain access to all the downstream systems they have access to.
That’s why Today, at Microsoft Ignite 2022, Microsoft unveiled Entra Identity Governance, which introduces new features like lifecycle workflows to simplify identity management and governance across clouds, devices, apps and more.
The release serves to bolster Microsoft’s growing ecosystem of identity protection solutions, designed to ensure only the right people, machines, apps and services have access to the right resources at the right time.
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Other announcements: Microsoft Defender for devops and CSPM
In addition to the launch of Entra Identity Governance, Microsoft also announced the launch of Workload Identities, a solution designed to manage identity and access for digital workloads, and Certificate-based Authentication (CBA), a multifactor authentication capability designed to be phishing resistant.
Microsoft also announced the release of Microsoft Defender for devops, a solution developers can use to identify and remediate code vulnerabilities before they reach production environments.
Finally, the organization announced the release of Microsoft Defender Cloud Security Posture Management, a tool that can map potential attack paths in an enterprise environment for organizations to prioritize software fixes and address potential exploits.
The future of identity management?
Out of all the announcements unveiled at the event, the launch of Entra Identity Governance has the potential to be the most disruptive.
According to the Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA), 84% of organizations experienced an identity-related breach in the past year. Part of the reason for this high rate of exploitation is that managing identities has become increasingly complex.
“Every organization’s IT landscape will continue to evolve. Cloud adoption, cross-company colla …