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Microsoft acquires CloudKnox Security to offer unified privileged access and cloud entitlement management


At Microsoft, we are committed to supporting organizations in their digital transformation and helping them to deliver secure and seamless experiences. Since IT modernization often spans multiple clouds, cloud security and identity are top of mind for most of our customers. Modern identity security needs to protect all users and resources consistently across multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments. Today, Microsoft is taking a significant step toward this goal with the acquisition of CloudKnox Security, a leader in Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM). CloudKnox offers complete visibility into privileged access. It helps organizations right-size permissions and consistently enforce least-privilege principles to reduce risk, and it employs continuous analytics to help prevent security breaches and ensure compliance. This strengthens our comprehensive approach to cloud security.

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Microsoft acquires CloudKnox to offer unified privileged access and cloud entitlement management.

As organizations adapt to hybrid work and more and more cloud services are deployed, new service entities that collaborate and exchange data without human interaction, such as virtual machines and containers, are proliferating. The growth of these service accounts and identities and their increasing volumes of permissions, privileges and entitlements exposes organizations to new attack vectors. Left in blind spots or uncontrolled, these permissions leave business critical systems open to infiltration and disruption. High-profile breaches demonstrate how quickly bad actors can move laterally by exploiting misappropriated privileged credentials.

While organizations are reaping the benefits of cloud adoption, they still struggle to assess, prevent, enforce and govern privileged access across hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Even if they piece multiple siloed systems together, they still get an incomplete view of privileged access. Traditional Privileged Access Management and Identity Governance and Administration solutions are well suited for on-premises environments, however they fall short of providing the necessary end-to-end visibility for multi-cloud entitlements and permissions. Neither do they provide consistent identity lifecycle management or governance in multi-cloud and cloud-native environments.

In January, when I shared the five identity priorities for 2021, I stressed the importance of a Zero Trust security approach that verifies explicitly, grants least privileged access and always assumes breach — with identity as your first line of defense. As the corporate network perimeter disappears, it’s crucial to establish a strong cloud identity foundation, so you can enforce least privileged access to protect business-critical systems while improving business agility. We’re committed to making it easier to enforce least privileged access for all user and workload identities.

The acquisition of CloudKnox further enables Microsoft Azure Active Directory customers with granular visibility, continuous monitoring and automated remediation for hybrid and multi-cloud permissions. We are committed to providing our customers with unified privileged access management, identity governance and entitlement management including:

  • Automated and simplified access policy enforcement in one integrated multi-cloud platform for all human and workload identities.
  • The widest breadth of signal-enabling, high-precision machine learning-based anomaly detections.
  • Seamless integration with other Microsoft cloud security services, including Microsoft 365 Defender, Azure Defender and Azure Sentinel.

Our acquisition of CloudKnox, like our recent acquisition announcements on RiskIQ and ReFirm Labs, shows our focus and execution in acquiring, integrating and expanding the strongest defenses for our customers — from chip to cloud — backed by more than 3,500 defenders at Microsoft and the more than 8 trillion security signals we process every day. Microsoft is uniquely positioned to help empower and defend the future of hybrid work and multi-cloud environments, providing essential visibility, control and monitoring Zero Trust demands.

We’re excited to bring the CloudKnox team and technology to Microsoft and our joint customers and look forward to their contributions. We’ll share more information as we integrate CloudKnox with Microsoft’s identity, security and compliance solutions.

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Stellar Data Recovery Professional Review


With more of a decade on the market Stellar Data Recovery Professional is one of the big names among data recovery applications.

It retrieves deleted and otherwise lost files from hard drives, USB sticks, or other storage devices.

In this review we are showing you what the software has to offer and how effectively its version for Windows 10 has performed in our own test.

Before speaking about results, let´s have a look about the different plans and features. There are plenty of them hidden behind a quite minimalistic and easy to use GUI.

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  • 1 Stellar Data Recovery: Available plans and pricing
  • 2 Installation and Scanning
  • 3 Recovery Performance
  • 4 Conclusion

Stellar Data Recovery: Available plans and pricing

Besides a free trial version which only offers detection of lost files, Stellar Data Recovery is available in three commercial editions. In our review, we are focusing on the Professional version for Windows 10. The editions below are also available for macOS.

Stellar Data Recovery Professional – $79.99 (1 year); $99.99 (lifetime)
Stellar Data Recovery Premium – $99.99 (1 year); $149 (lifetime)
Stellar Data Recovery Technician – $199 (1 year)

Professional Premium Technician
Recover Photos, Videos & Other Files X X X
Recovery from Any Storage Media X X X
Advanced Partition Recovery X X X
BitLocker Data Recovery X X X
Unbootable System Data Recovery X X X
Recovers Any Photo, Video, Document, Database or Email File Formats X X X
Create Image Option for Badly Corrupt Hard Drive X X X
Recover Data from CD/DVD X X X
Video Repair
Repairs MOV, MP4, MPEG, MTS, MKV, FLV & more video files X X
Repairs Multiple Corrupt Videos X X
Photo Repair
Repairs Corrupt JPEG, CR2, CRW, TIFF & more photo files X X
Extracts thumbnails of images for badly corrupt Photos X X
RAID Recovery
Data Recovery from RAID 0, 5 and 6 Hard Drives X
Data Recovery from FAT, exFAT & NTFS RAID Volumes X
Create Virtual RAID When Reconstruction Fails X

Installation and Scanning

Installation of Stellar Data Recovery Professional takes just a few minutes and then you are ready to go for your first scan.

On the main dashboard you select what you need to recover – either “All Data” the software can find or particular file types such as Office documents, emails from Outlook and other clients, photos, audio files or videos. You can also select to scan for particular folders.

Stellar Data Recovery Professional - Select What to Recover

After selecting what Stellar Data Recovery Professional should scan for, you select the drive, medium or location and just hit the blue “Scan” button. Optionally you can already activate the much slower “Deep Scan” on this screen. But Stellar Data Recovery Professional will offer that later if the quick scan was not successful.

Stellar Data Recovery Professional - Select Recovery Type
After the scan you can browse through the found folders and files using different views. “Tree View” provides a folder-subfolder structure of what has been found, showing the recoverable files on the bottom right. But you can also switch to “File type”-view where you can select to recover just certain filetypes.

For some supported filetypes Stellar Data Recovery Professional offers a preview which comes handy especially for photos.

You can also use a keyword search if you are on the hunt for a particular file or set of files. After making your choice, hitting “Recover” will start the recovery procedure.

Stellar Data Recovery Professional - Tree View

You will have to select a separate drive with enough space. There are also “Advanced Settings” with some filters for the recovery process.

Stellar Data Recovery Professional - Tree View - Recover

There you can activate “Zip”-File creation which will save some space but also slow down the recovery procedure. There you can also set certain filters to exclude certain file types or just recover those.

Stellar Data Recovery Professional - Tree View - Recover - Advanced Settings

The recovery itself can take up to several hours depending on the amount of data and it might be a wise decision to run Stellar Data Recovery overnight. Once the procedure is done, you will find all found files and folders in the previously selected destination.

Stellar Data Recovery Professional - Tree View - Recovery

Recovery Performance

We tried Stellar Data Recovery on a PC with an i7-4770K CPU, 16 GB RAM recovering from a mid-range 2 TB Western Digital HDD (WD20EZRX) from 2017.

We chose to recover completely a fast formatted 60 GB partition holding a full Windows 10 system including user accounts and more than 150.000 files. As the quick scan did not provide any results we switched to deep scan.

After the whole procedure was finished, we found most of the files and the folder structure restored with their correct names. There were however a few folders which Stellar Data Recover could not identify correctly and saved as “Lost Folders”.

Overall this is a great result as recovery from an already formatted drive is a more complex task than just recovering deleted files. As the free trial version offers you to run deep scans, you can give Stellar Data Recovery a try and see if it´s worth a purchase.


Stellar Data Recovery has a higher price tag than some similar products from other companies but offers a great feature set and recovery performance is outstanding. As the trial version provides a clear picture if Stellar Data Recovery will work for you, we highly recommend to give this veteran of data recovery a chance.

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