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Machine Learning Security Evasion Competition 2020 Invites Researchers to Defend and Attack

Monday, June 01, 2020

Machine learning (ML) is an increasingly valuable tool in cyber security as adversaries continually evolve their tactics and techniques to evade detection. As machine learning has advanced and sophisticated ML models have been developed to assist security professionals in protecting the cloud, adversaries have been busy developing malware designed to evade ML models.

Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge Now Open

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

The Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge is an expansion of Azure Security Lab, announced at Black Hat in August 2019. At that time, a select group of talented researchers was invited to come and do their worst, emulating criminal hackers in a customer-safe cloud environment. This new research challenge aims to spark new high impact security research in Azure Sphere, a comprehensive IoT security solution delivering end to end security across hardware, OS and the cloud.

Congratulating Our Top 2020 Q1 Security Researchers!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Following the second Security Researcher Quarterly Leaderboard and the 2020 MSRC Most Valuable Security Researchers criteria we published in February 2020, we are excited to announce the 2020 First Quarter (Q1) Security Researcher Leaderboard, listing our top contributing researchers for the last quarter. The top three researchers of the last quarter are: Zhiniang Peng (2870 points), Yuki Chen (1550 points), and Ashar Javed (1520 points).

Calling for security research in Azure Sphere, now generally available

Monday, February 24, 2020

Today, Microsoft released Azure Sphere into General Availability (GA). Azure Sphere’s mission is to empower every organization on the planet to connect and create secured and trustworthy IoT devices. Azure Sphere is an end-to-end solution for securely connecting existing equipment and for creating new IoT devices with built-in security. The solution includes hardware, OS, and a cloud service, as well as ongoing security and OS updates to help ensure devices remain secured as threats evolve over time.

Announcing the Xbox Bounty program

Thursday, January 30, 2020

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Xbox Bounty program today. The Xbox bounty program invites gamers, security researchers, and technologists around the world to help identify security vulnerabilities in the Xbox network and services, and share them with the Microsoft Xbox team through Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD). Eligible submissions with a clear and concise proof of concept (POC) are eligible for awards up to US$20,000.

Announcing MSRC 2019 Q4 Security Researcher Leaderboard

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Following the first Security Researcher Quarterly Leaderboard we published in October 2019, we are excited to announce the MSRC Q4 2019 Security Researcher Leaderboard, which shows the top contributing researchers for the last quarter. In each quarterly leaderboard, we recognize the security researchers who ranked at or above the 95th percentile line based on the total points.

Announcing the Microsoft Identity Research Project Grant

Thursday, January 09, 2020

We are excited to announce the Microsoft Identity Research Project Grant a new opportunity in partnership with the security community to help protect Microsoft customers. This project grant awards up to $75,000 USD for approved research proposals that improve the security of the Microsoft Identity solutions in new ways for both Consumers (Microsoft Account) and Enterprise (Azure Active Directory).

BlueHat Seattle videos are online!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Were you unable to attend BlueHat Seattle, or wanted to see a session again? We have good news. If you have been waiting for the videos from BlueHat Seattle last month, the wait is over. All videos which the presenter authorized to be recorded are now online and available to anyone.

Time for day 2 of briefings at BlueHat Seattle!

Friday, October 25, 2019

We hope you enjoyed the first day of our BlueHat briefings and the Bytes of BlueHat reception in our glamping tent (complete with toasted marshmallows). Yesterday, we learned a lot about how XboxOne hardware security has advanced the state of hardware security elsewhere, we heard some surprising correlations between vuln severity, age, and time to fix, and we saw applications for machine learning for malware detection—as well as some of the attack surface for machine learning and how to protect it.