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Microsoft Azure Security Lab will Offer Cybersecurity Researchers a New Guinea Pig

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Last Updated: August 12, 2019, 23:46 IST

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The new Cloud security lab can be used extensively by cybersecurity researchers to figure out common, mainstream and rare vulnerabilities, as companies step up their fight against cybercrime.

Microsoft has introduced the Azure Security Lab -- a dedicated customer-safe Cloud environment, at the Black Hat USA 2019 conference which convened here this week. The Azure Security Lab is a set of dedicated Cloud hosts, aimed at allowing security researchers to aggressively test attacks against infrastructure-as-a-service scenarios. It also allows participants to identify research vulnerabilities in Azure and do their best to emulate criminal hackers, according to Microsoft, Xinhua news agency reported.

In addition to offering a secure testing space, the lab programme will enable participating security researchers to engage directly with Microsoft Azure security experts. Researchers will not only research vulnerabilities in Azure, they can also attempt to exploit them, according to the tech giant. Applications to join the Azure Security Lab are open, with Microsoft offering researchers up to $300,000 dollars if they can hack its Azure public-Cloud infrastructure, according to Microsoft.

"Microsoft is committed to ensuring our Cloud is secure from modern threats. We built Azure with security in mind from the beginning, and work to help customers secure their Azure cloud environment with various solutions," said Kymberlee Price, principal security PM manager for Microsoft Security Response Center's Community Programs. Tens of thousands of the world's best cybersecurity professionals gathered in Las Vegas this week for the Black Hat USA 2019 cybersecurity conference, which focuses on the latest development and new trend in cybersecurity.

Now in its 22nd year, Black Hat USA is the world's leading information security event, providing attendees with the very latest in research, development and trends.