Microsoft's new cybersecurity service combines tech and human experts

Microsoft has unveiled a set of new managed cybersecurity services to help customers combat malware and other threats amid an ongoing cybersecurity skills crunch. 

Microsoft has created a new umbrella managed service category called Microsoft Security Experts consisting of “human-led” services and machine learning to help customers address security, compliance, identity, privacy and productivity goals. 

“Security Experts combines expert-trained technology with human-led services to help organizations achieve more secure, compliant, and productive outcomes,” it said in a post explaining the new offering.

New to this group is Microsoft Defender Experts for Hunting, a service to help customers hunt for threats by combing over data from Microsoft Defender, Office 365, cloud applications, and identity. Microsoft says its experts will investigate findings and pass contextual alert information and instructions to customers. 

Also new is Microsoft Defender Experts for XDR, referring to the managed extended detection and response (XDR) service category offered by multiple cybersecurity firms. An XDR service collects data from endpoints, cloud infrastructure and networks to accelerate investigations, threat hunting, and response times. 

Microsoft’s Defender Experts for XDR promises to provide detection and response for endpoint email, data, cloud applications and identity. The managed part of the

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