Microsoft adds GCP to Defender for Cloud

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Microsoft Defender's tentacles have spread to include the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) – and beefed up visibility with a public preview of CloudKnox Permissions.

The addition of GCP was a while coming after Microsoft confirmed the arrival of Defender for Cloud on Amazon Web Services at its Ignite event in November. Although Google Cloud is not short of security tools and best practices, there may be benefit for administrators in having a single place from where to manage their security posture, be it GCP, AWS, Azure or on-premises. "It also makes Microsoft the only cloud provider who enables you to manage security centrally across clouds," the company said.