Vectra AI partners with Microsoft on zero trust security framework

Randy Schirman of Vectra

Vectra AI, a provider of threat detection and response, announced that the Vectra Cognito platform delivers key Zero Trust capabilities for Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure customers.

Vectra is positioned as an integral part of the Microsoft Zero Trust model; it assumes breaches by investigating the behaviour of users, workloads, networks and devices as though they originate from an untrusted network. It does so by leveraging its analytics and understanding of users and accounts, tracking them between on-premises and cloud.

Since cloud applications and mobile workforces have redefined the security perimeter and corporate resources and services now often bypass the network, perimeter-based security models that rely on network firewalls and VPNs have become obsolete.

To address this, Microsoft developed the Zero Trust Maturity Model to help customers adapt to the complexities of modern environments. By integrating the Vectra Cognito platform, customers will have access to AI-powered threat detection that monitors and verifies the communications to their business-critical applications.

“The Vectra Cognito platform was developed on the idea that standard static security measures like firewalls, NAC, and VPNs were not enough to protect the modern enterprise,” says, Randy Schirman, Vectra VP of partnerships. “With the hybrid remote work model effectively rendering traditional security measures obsolete, we are completely aligned with the Microsoft Zero Trust Model approach.”

The Vectra Cognito Platform uses AI to efficiently find and prioritise hidden attacks in real-time inside Microsoft 365, Azure Active Directory (AD), cloud, data centre, IoT, and enterprise networks before attackers cause irreparable harm to the organisation. The platform allows security teams to prevent attacks earlier in the kill chain, ensuring that applications essential to business continuity are available and accessible for the entire extended workforce. Vectra will help deliver visibility and analytics on the Zero Trust framework’s three guiding principles:

  1. Verify explicitly. Always authenticate and authorise based on all available data points, including user identity, location, device health, service or workload, data classification and anomalies.
  2. Use least privileged access. Limit user access with Just-in-Time and Just-Enough (JIT/JEA), risk-based adaptive polices, data protection to protect both data based adaptive polices and data protection to protect both data and productivity.
  3. Assume breach. Minimise blast radius for breaches and prevent lateral movement by segmenting access by network, user, devices and application awareness. Verify that all sessions are encrypted end to end. Use analytics to get visibility, drive threat detection and improve defences.

“Threat detection and response that accurately detects network anomalies and account takeover by monitoring user and machine behaviour is a core capability for Zero Trust,” says, Desmond Forbes, senior director of business development at Microsoft. “Vectra provides customers with visibility into their hybrid cloud environments, the accounts used and integrates that information with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and Azure Sentinel to meet our joint customers’ Zero Trust objectives.”

To learn more about this integration, please visit here or read our companion blog.

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