Need to Know podcast–Episode 295

Aside from the usual update from the Microsoft Cloud I tackle I listener question about the methodology of staying up to date with technology. I think the question is more about what NOT to do than what to do. Success is a system and key factor in being successful in business is saying NO more than saying yes. In this episode I’ll give you some tips to creating a system to keeping you current with the Microsoft Cloud.

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This episode was recorded using Microsoft Teams and produced with Camtasia 2022.

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Microsoft Defender for Endpoint: The Ultimate Solution for Endpoint Security

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Microsoft Defender for Endpoint: The Ultimate Solution for Endpoint Security

In today’s digital world, endpoint security is more important than ever. With the rise of cyberattacks and malware, it’s essential to have a robust security solution in place to protect your business from potential threats. One of the best options available is Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the benefits of using Microsoft Defender for Endpoint to secure your business.

  1. Real-time protection: Microsoft Defender for Endpoint provides real-time protection against malware and other threats. It uses advanced threat intelligence to detect and block malicious activity, keeping your business safe from harm.

  2. Cloud-based: Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is a cloud-based solution, which means it can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. This makes it easy to manage and monitor your security, even when you’re on the go.

  3. Easy to use: The user interface of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is simple and easy to navigate. This makes it easy for even the most non-technical users to manage and monitor their security.

  4. Automated security: Microsoft Defender for Endpoint automates many of the security processes, such as malware scanning and vulnerability assessments. This helps to reduce the risk of human error and ensures your security is always up-to-date.

  5. Integration with other Microsoft products: Microsoft Defender for Endpoint integrates seamlessly with other Microsoft products, such as Office 365 and Azure. This allows for a more comprehensive security solution, as well as improved collaboration and productivity.

  6. Advanced threat protection: Microsoft Defender for Endpoint offers advanced threat protection, including behavioral-based detection, machine learning, and ransomware protection. This provides an extra layer of security to keep your business safe from even the most sophisticated attacks.

  7. Compliance and regulatory standards : Microsoft Defender for Endpoint can help you meet compliance and regulatory standards, such as HIPAA and PCI-DSS. This can help to reduce the risk of fines and reputational damage caused by non-compliance.

In conclusion, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is an excellent security solution that offers real-time protection, cloud-based management, easy usability, automation, integration with other Microsoft products, advanced threat protection and compliance and regulatory standards. It is essential for any business looking to secure their endpoints. By using Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, you can rest assured that your business is protected from potential threats and that you are meeting compliance standards.

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If you have read this far, then you’ll really know that this post is about ChatGPT rather than Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.

This is what I asked ChatGPT to do:

write a blog post on the benefits of Microsoft defender for endpoint

Now it can also generate code as well like the response to:

create a powershell script to connect to Exchange online

to which it gave me:

Here is a basic PowerShell script that can be used to connect to Exchange Online:

$UserCredential = Get-Credential $Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection Import-PSSession $Session

This script will prompt the user to enter their Exchange Online credentials, and then create a new PowerShell session using those credentials. It will then import the session, allowing you to run Exchange Online cmdlets. You can then run command specific to your needs like, getting mails, setting mailbox etc.

It is important to note that in order to run this script, you will need to have the Exchange Online PowerShell module installed on your machine. Also, make sure that you have the necessary permissions to access the Exchange Online instance.

Of course none of these answers are ‘prefect’, however they are surprisingly good and will be for many a great time saver. If you ask people what the toughest part of any process is, most will say that just getting started is. So using ChatGPT to at least handle this task should make it far easier to kick off any process. Best of all? You can do that today!

The interesting thing for me is that at the moment ChatGPT is just a stand alone chat style question and answer application. However, what happens when it starts being integrated with other service via API calls? What happens when the power of ChatGPT increases and improves.

If you have been at this IT ‘stuff’ for a long as I have you’ve seen many ‘revolutions’ and ‘this changes everything’ moments, many of which didn’t pan out. If nothing else, I think ChatGPT has lifted consciousness about AI and what it can potentially do to the wider population audience (i.e. muggels). What happens after that is the interesting part. Will that ‘enlightenment’  kick ChatGPT to the next level or will fade back into the shadows to be reborn again in the future? Only time will tell.

However, I think that if you are interested in seeing where ChatGPT could go then start using as I have and exploring the possibilities. I can honestly say it has helped me commercially (this blog post is a good example, even the part ChatGPT didn’t write for me). The best way to sum it up at this stage is:

We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction. – Bill Gates

Who knows? In a short while maybe I can automate ChatGPT to do all my blog posts and you’d never be the wiser!

Microsoft 365 collaboration framework training

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On February 14th 2023 I’ll be running a collaboration framework training course for Microsoft 365 environments. Training will held remotely via Microsoft Teams. The session will be two (2) hours and run from 9am Sydney time.

The sessions will be recorded and other materials from the sessions (checklists, etc) will be available to attendees afterwards.

The aim of this training is to help you better prepare for the move to the Microsoft 365 collaboration environment utilising services such as Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, and so on. You’ll be shown a tested framework that you can use when designing a modern collaboration environment to ensure a business gets the most from their investment in Microsoft 365. You’ll also learn tips and tricks on how to implement this successfully inside a modern organisation, whether large or small. If you want to get the most from your Microsoft 365 collaboration environment, this course is for you. The price for this event will be:

Gold Enterprise Patron = Free

Gold Patron = Free

Silver Patron = Free

Bronze Patron = $33 inc GST

Non Patron = $99 inc GST

You can learn more about the CIAOPS Patron community at www.ciaopspatron.com.

I hope that you’ll join me in February for this event as I believe it help you improve how to get the most from the Microsoft 365 to improve day to day operations.

You can register you interest in attending this course here – http://bit.ly/ciaopsroi after which I’ll be in contact with you to arrange payment and get you enrolled.

As always, if you have any questions about this training please email me on – director@ciaops.com.

I hope to see you there.

Blocking web sites with Defender for Cloud Apps

Link to video = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQOcUrS93FA

Thanks to the integration between Microsoft Edge browser, Cloud Apps Discovery (which is part of Defender for Cloud Apps) and Defender for Endpoint you can quickly and easily block most web based applications. In the example I prevent Facebook access on a Windows 11 device using the Edge browser. It is important to note that this blocking capability currently won’t work with third party browsers, however there are other ways of blocking sites with these browsers using other methods that are not covered in this video.

[CORRECTION] – Please note that in the video I may have indicated that this is possible with Microsoft 365 Business Premium. By default, it is not. Apologies for the confusion I may have caused here

Need to Know podcast–Episode 294

Happy holidays everyone. Hope you are all enjoying the festive season. A few updates from Microsoft including the availability of Teams Premium plus an editorial on industry burnout. I’m seeing more and more IT Professionals becoming burnt out and feeling lost. At this time of the year take some time to look forward and decide whether it is time for a change. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out and share with others what your feeling. If anyone wants to chat feel free to reach out in total confidence via director@ciaops.com.

You can listen directly to this episode at:

https://ciaops.podbean.com/e/episode-294-defender-for-cloud-apps/

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Evaluating SaaS applications using Defender for Cloud Apps

Recently, there has been much talk and gnashing of teeth over what to do about the recent LastPass breach. There is plenty of chatter about wanting to make a change and much discussion about what to actually change to.

As a LastPass customer I’m starting the process of evaluation myself and a handy tool I found to help in the decision process is Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps (i.e. the old MCAS).

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If you go into the Discover menu, you’ll find a Cloud app catalog option as shown above.

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Enter the name of app you wish to search for and hit Enter.

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That should give you a page load of information like that shown above, which you can drill into if you want more details.

Of course, this information should only be part of your evaluation but it does provide a lot in one place for you to reference.