Microsoft has patented a computing system that detects unauthorized user access, executes intrusion remediation actions, and validates the effectiveness of these actions in isolated computing environments. This system aims to enhance data center security by testing and validating remediation actions against potential threats. GlobalData’s report on Microsoft gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Testing and validating intrusion remediation actions in computing systems

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Microsoft Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11886600B2) discloses a computing system designed to detect and respond to malicious activities in an execution environment. The system includes a malicious activity detection system, a remediation action execution system, and a remediation validation system. The remediation validation system automatically generates an isolated computing environment, sets a test condition representing the malicious activity, executes the intrusion remediation action, generates an efficacy indicator, and provides an indication of remediation action validation based on the efficacy indicator. This innovative approach allows for efficient and effective validation of intrusion remediation actions in a controlled environment.

Furthermore, the patent details a computer-implemented method that involves detecting unauthorized user access, executing intrusion remediation actions, and automatically generating isolated computing environments for testing and validation purposes. The method includes setting test conditions, identifying remediation actions based on these conditions, and inserting remedial action-specific configuration information. By incorporating test execution criteria and validation logic, this method ensures a comprehensive and systematic approach to validating intrusion remediation actions. Overall, this patent introduces a sophisticated computing system and method that enhance security measures by proactively detecting and responding to malicious activities in execution environments.

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