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Build a security practice

See how adding security services to your portfolio can transform your business.

The security opportunity by the numbers

Compromised credentials are used in 81 percent of data breaches,1 and the average total cost of a breach is USD4 million.2 Meanwhile, security spending is projected to rise to USD100 billion by 2020,3 and a serious cybersecurity talent shortage—with open positions climbing to 15 million by 20194—is looming. The global need for security services is evident, and creates an unprecedented opportunity for solution providers.

The four key opportunity areas of security

The global need for protection against data breaches and other cyberthreats presents a great opportunity for your business. Learn more about adding security offerings to your portfolio with help from Microsoft.

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Identity and access management

Equip customers to better manage their identity and access controls, and stop breaches before they escalate in severity.

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Information protection

Ensure customers’ records and other sensitive data are safe from misuse or theft—including security incidents involving employees.

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Threat protection

Keep customers aware of the current threat landscape and how to identify attackers—and their tactics—before they cause damage.

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Security management

Help customers implement a centralized security operations center (SOC) on-site with advanced data-processing and monitoring tools.

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Secure your SMB customers

Now is the time when your customers need you to become their trusted security advisor. Discover two more valuable resources that can help you take advantage of the USD 16 billion SMB security opportunity.5

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Explore these Microsoft security resources


Spotlight: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

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Accelerate GDPR compliance

Make sure you’re prepared when this European privacy law takes effect in May 2018.

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How you can monetize GDPR

Get Microsoft VP Gavriella Schuster’s insights on the GDPR compliance opportunity.

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Beginning your GDPR journey

Read our whitepaper on the fundamentals of GDPR, and how Microsoft can help.

The path to GDPR compliance

Access resources to help partners understand and prepare for new compliance requirements under the General Data Protection Regulation.

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Office 365 in-person security training

Join us for an exclusive, two-day Office 365 security training program.

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Join the security forum

Engage fellow partners in conversations about security and compliance issues and developments.

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  • Verison, Data Breach Investigations Report, 2017

  • Ponemon Institute, Cost of a Data Breach Study, 2016

  • IDC, Worldwide Semiannual Security Spending Guide, 2016

  • Symantec CEO Michael Brown, 2015

  • Microsoft forecast