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Why Microsoft SMB customers should bolster security with Azure Sentinel and security tools

by Eamon McCarthy Earls
Assistant Editor,

Nearly 90 percent of all business transactions are carried out by small and medium businesses (SMBs). While these small enterprises can be nimble, their size also exposes them to heightened IT security risks. SMBs are often only one click away from the harm caused when an unsuspecting user opens a scam file.

Israeli cybersecurity company odix uses Azure and its proprietary IP in a bid to protect SMBs from these threats. Dr. Oren Eytan heads the company and spoke with MSCloudNews about the risks to SMBs and how to protect against them.

A 25-year veteran of the Israel Defense Force (IDF), Eytan headed the IDF's cybersecurity before taking a leading role in Israel's cybersecurity-centric "Silicon Wadi" tech industry. While large enterprises may have teams trained and ready to respond to threats, including the financial backing to rebuild from damaging attacks, SMBs often go out of business within six months of an attack.

According to Eytan, an astonishing 94 percent of SMB attacks start with a malicious email. And the Microsoft ecosystem isn't immune—with over one million Microsoft 365 accounts compromised every month.

We decided to develop Filewall as a SaaS product. If someone asks me to do a one sentence about it: Filewall's a one-click solution for managed service providers, with a go-to-market through partners. Once we realized that the first application of Filewall would be to Exchange Online for Microsoft 365, we started developing the solution, developing on serverless and Lambda technology. We launched it in September with the goal of scalability and did joint PR with Microsoft.

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About Eamon McCarthy Earls

As the assistant editor at, Eamon helps to oversee editorial content on the site and supports site management and strategy. He can be reached at

Before joining, Eamon was editor for at TechTarget, where he covered networking technology, IoT, and cybersecurity. He is also the author of multiple books and previously contributed to publications such as the Boston Globe, Milford Daily News, and DefenceWeb.