30. June 2016 15:06
Azure . Security
Operations Management Suite (OMS) is Microsoft's cloud based IT management
solution that helps you manage and protect your on-premises and cloud
infrastructure. Explore the OMS
Security and Audit dashboard, security domains, and common security queries
then get step-by-step guidance on how to leverage OMS to proactively and
Want more information on OMS? See the Operations Management Suite overview.
Below is a roundup of recent security and compliance news.
Gain enhanced visibility and control with Office 365 Advanced Security Management—The cloud offers many security benefits to organizations but also raises new security considerations. It can also add to existing ones, such as shadow IT, the use of software that is not formally sanctioned by the organization. We are thrilled to introduce Office 365 Advanced Security Management, a new set of capabilities—powered by Microsoft Cloud App Security—to give you greater visibility and control over your Office 365 environment. To learn more, watch the Microsoft Mechanics video and review the technical documentation.
New enhancements to Office 365 eDiscovery further simplify the eDiscovery process—To save you time and make it easier to perform investigations and eDiscovery from one central location, we have released several eDiscovery enhancements to the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center, including case management, search, hold and export. These new eDiscovery enhancements further strengthen the rich set of eDiscovery capabilities already present in Office 365 to help you quickly investigate and meet legal and regulatory obligations from the Security and Compliance Center.
Download the updated Security Intelligence Report—The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) analyzes the threat landscape of exploits, vulnerabilities and malware using data from internet services and over 600 million computers worldwide. It has been updated for July–December 2015 and is now available for download.
Microsoft Secure launches as a resource to learn about Microsoft’s security offerings—Microsoft Secure is the new place to learn about Microsoft’s security offerings. It covers topics including identity protection, securing apps and data, expanding device controls and safeguarding infrastructure. Here you’ll find resources like webinars, videos and e-books on the Microsoft security approach.
Read more here..
22. June 2016 08:06
Virtual machine disks – now with Premium Storage
Customers now have the option to select Azure Premium Storage when provisioning DS-series virtual machines through PowerShell
and the Azure CLI. Premium Storage provides high-performance,
low-latency disk support for virtual machines running I/O-intensive
workloads. VM disks using Premium Storage store data on solid state
drives (SSDs), providing improved performance for the most demanding
applications. More information about this functionality is available here
. Expanded virtual machine image support
In addition to Premium Storage, Azure Government has also been expanded
to include a number of pre-configured VM images. With these images,
customers can quickly provision a VM running pre-installed and
configured software. In addition to the existing VM image portfolio
available today, provisioning of the following image types can be accomplished immediately:
- Windows Server Remote Desktop Session Host on Windows Server 2012 R2
- Windows Server Remote Desktop Session Host with Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus
- SharePoint Server 2016 Trial
- Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 Update 2 with Azure SDK 2.9 on Windows Server 2012 R2
are excited to share these additions. To keep up with the latest Azure
Government news or provide feedback, please follow the Azure Government blog! We look forward to continuing to expand Microsoft Azure Government!
Read more here...
Microsoft and Lookout announced a new partnership that will integrate Lookout Mobile Threat Protection with our Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS). The partnership will result in product integration that will improve how customers protect and manage the sensitive data that employees access through their mobile devices every day. Lookout is a leading provider of mobile threat protection with a global sensor network of over 100 million mobile sensors. Integrating the threat intelligence from Lookout into EMS will give security teams the ability to take action on threats to protect users, devices and data.
Read this Lookout blog post
for information about this partnership and what we are building together.
15. June 2016 09:06
Azure . Security
We are very happy to announce today the release of the Azure Security Information site on Azure.com!
The Azure Security Information site is intended to be your one-stop shop for getting information about Azure security services, technologies, and features. In addition to this, we have information about security architecture, best practices and patterns, security in industry verticals, and an array of other security resources.
Prior to this site, you would have had to poke around in the Azure documentation to piece this information together for yourselves.
Since we're talking about security, here's a reminder of some of the other key sites related to Microsoft cloud security:
As an Office 365 admin, you sometimes find yourself in a situation when you’re not at your desk but you still want to act quickly. For example, if your CEO has forgotten their Office 365 password or an employee left the company, you want to take action right away. To help you in these situations and to easily stay up to date on the latest changes in Office 365, we developed the Office 365 admin app, which gives you access to all common admin features on the go.
Quickly find what you’re looking for—With all the new functionality that has been added, we want to make sure that you’re still able to quickly find the feature you’re looking for. With the update, we are introducing feature grouping to the app. Similar features, such as quick actions on the user card, are now categorized and displayed together in one card.
In addition, new quick links on the dashboard give you direct access to settings that you use on a regular basis, such as users, groups and billing.
Spot important information right away—The update also makes it easier for you to identify areas that need your attention. Information that is important to you and that you might want to take action on, such as blocked users, is now highlighted in the app.
One management experience across admin app and admin center—We also worked on aligning the design of the app with the design of the new Office 365 admin center. The app now uses the same color and icons, making it easier for you to move from one tool to the other.
Read more here...
- Ability to update privacy type—When you create an Office 365 group, users have two privacy options: public (anyone within your organization can access the group’s content) and private (only approved members can access the group’s content). This update enables group owners to change the privacy setting from public to private or vice versa by editing the group properties in Outlook on the web. Administrators can also leverage the Set-UnifiedGroup cmdlets to change the privacy type. Read “Make Office 365 groups public or private” for more information.
Easily edit a group’s privacy setting.
- Multi-domain support—Larger organizations use separate email domains to reflect different parts of their businesses. Office 365 groups that are created by users in one domain will share that domain (as opposed to using a common domain across the tenant). Administrators now also have control to create groups in specific domains of their choosing. Read “Multi-domain support for Office 365 Groups” for more information.
- Guidance to configure Office 365 Groups with on-premises Exchange mailbox users—If you’ve configured a hybrid deployment between your on-premises Exchange organization and Office 365, you can make groups created in Office 365 available to your on-premises users by following the steps outlined in “Configure Office 365 Groups with on-premises Exchange hybrid.”
- Allow users to send as the Office 365 group—If you want to enable your group’s shared mailbox to “Send As,” you can now use the PowerShell cmdlets to configure this. Once you enable this setting, your Office 365 group users can use Outlook or Outlook on the web to send and reply to email as the Office 365 group. Users can go to the group, create a new email and change the “Send As” field to the group’s email address. See “Use PowerShell to manage Office 365 Groups” for more information.
Read more here...
10. June 2016 13:06
If you are in IT, and you've paid even the slightest bit of attention to trending topics, you know the threat from ransomware is on the rise. I was told that about $25 million was paid out in 2015 by people and organizations to get their data unlocked. I can't imagine what the cost is in terms of time and effort, but that has to go way beyond $25M.
Microsoft's Director of Security, Tim Rains, has written a fairly technical post
on evaluating and understanding the risks associated with ransomware. The Office 365 Security team published a blog, How to Deal with Ransomware
, aimed at Office 365 admins and customers. Finally, the Microsoft Malware Protection Center has a blog entry
providing more high-level information, as well as a ransomware page
that has information for both home and enterprise customers and the Microsoft.
So, there are plenty of resources to help you better understand what you need to do in order to be better protected.
Gartner released their Magic Quadrant for Identity and Access Management as a Service
(IDaaS) for 2016 and Azure Active Directory was placed in the “leaders” quadrant, and positioned very strongly for our completeness of vision.
Read more, and get access to the Gartner report here