Secure logging with Microsoft 365 presentation

Here’s the slides from my longer presentation today at Ignite Copenhagen

Securely logging to Microsoft 365

Getting access to your information in Microsoft 365 starts with logging in but is it secure as it could be? Understanding security options at the point of entry like MFA, Legacy Authentication and Conditional Access on all devices is critical to keeping information protected as it is not only you that is trying to log into your account these days! Learn what security technologies you can add at login and the best practices approaches to configuring and monitoring these. Security starts  at the doorway to Microsoft 365 and simple configurations can greatly reduce your risks of unauthorised access. Come and learn what can be done.

https://www.slideshare.net/directorcia/securely-logging-to-microsoft-365

Need to Know podcast–Episode 230

We welcome back our co-host, Brenton Johnson, after his extended break. We catch up on all the news and events from the Microsoft Cloud. This is followed by an interview with Dave Sobel from MSPRadio.com taking about the transformation that many MSPs need to address to continue success in the light of the constantly changing cloud landscape.

This episode was recorded using Microsoft Teams and produced with Camtasia 2019

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Resources

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Bye, bye basic auth

Updates to Threat Protection Reports

Microsoft’s Surface success

Microsoft’s failure to renew SSL certificates

User enrollment in Intune

Training modules for IT Pros

Introducing Conditional Access for Office 365

SharePoint next steps

Need to Know podcast–Episode 229

FAQ podcasts are shorter and more focused on a particular topic. In this episode I’ll talk about thehow you should be implementing Azure with every Microsoft 365 environment you create.

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Resources

FAQ 5 – FAQ 5 – Deploy Microsoft 365 and Azure together

CIAOPS Patron Community

Need to Know podcast–Episode 210

Brenton speaks with global Azure black belt Sarah Young about the new Azure Sentinel service. Of course we also update you on all the happenings in the Microsoft Cloud and there has been plenty of late, so listen along to get all the latest and learn about Azure Sentinel.

This episode was recorded using Microsoft Teams and produced with Camtasia 2019

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https://ciaops.podbean.com/e/episode-210-sarah-young/

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Resources

Sarah Young

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Faster, with a modern design, and new features – the new Outlook on the web is here

Tracking failed logins with Cloud App Security

New Azure discount for CSP partners to come live in October

OneDrive Roundup – June 2019

Announcing question and answer in Yammer

First Microsoft Cloud regions in the Middle East now available

Step 10. Detect and investigate security incidents: top 10 actions to secure your environment

All 10 steps

Key skills for an IT Professional

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If you are an IT professional working in with Microsoft 365 then I would suggest the following are the top five skills that you need to have to be successful going forward. My pick, in order is:

1. PowerShell

2. Azure AD

3. Security

4. Intune

5. SharePoint

and here’s why:

PowerShell

PowerShell gives you the ability to script commands for both cloud and on premises Microsoft services. There are many things you can also only do using PowerShell, however more importantly, you can begin to automate what you do. This reduces the time it takes to complete processes as well as giving more consistent results. It also means that you can potentially offload these tasks to others who only need to know how to run the scripts you have created not understand what they entail.

I also find that understanding the PowerShell side of a process gives you a a much deeper understanding of that process and what is possible. I also think that having to do a bit of coding is a benefit to everyone. It helps you to think more logically, plan and structure what you want to achieve. You however don’t need to become a developer, it is easy to CTL-C and CTRL-V good scripts from various places and integrate them into your processes while making a few changes along the way. You can go as deep as you wish and create really amazing scripts that really make life in IT so much easier, while allowing you to do your job faster.

Remember, software will eat the world.

Azure AD

Identity is key to our modern world. You don’t get access to “stuff” until you prove who you are. Importantly, Azure AD is not the same a traditional on premises Active Directory. It is a subset, where the additional options can be added as needed. However, you need a good understanding of where a user’s primary identity is and how it is managed and secured in the cloud. Without this fundamental knowledge you are really going to struggle to understand things like modern device management and security.

All Microsoft services are underpinned by identity and Microsoft cloud services are underpinned by Azure AD. Thus, to administer, configure, troubleshoot these you need a good understanding of Azure AD.

Security

With so much of our assets now being digital, protecting them is paramount. We need to do this in a way that doesn’t inhibit productivity and that is a real challenge. Poor security to me indicates a fundamental lack of knowledge about the products in question. It also demonstrates a lack of discipline and consistency which are the hallmarks of your adversaries out there trying to gain access to systems you protect.

Security will never be an absolute and that makes it hard for many “IT types” to deal with who like to have a tangible end goal. There is not a finite end point with security, there is simply an ongoing challenge to stay one step ahead of the bad actors. Some see that as a burden while the true security professional sees it as a challenge. The protection of our future lies with good security and the challenges that brings. It therefore, will be a skill that will be in continuing high demand.

Intune

As mentioned, Azure AD doesn’t contain the same resources that on premises Active Directory did. The best example of this is probably Group Policy, which is something that Azure AD does not incorporate. To a large extent, that is now handled by Intune and this why it is such an important skill going forward for IT Professionals to become skilled with. It can also be implemented using things like PowerShell, which again goes to the point of how important this list of skills is across all Microsoft services today.

A key factor with Intune is its ability to configure mobile devices. This is something traditionally IT Professionals have not been able to do. However, with the growing numbers of mobile devices in use and their criticality to businesses of every size, it is now more important than ever to be able to easily configure and secure them directly from the Internet.

SharePoint

Most IT Professionals have some skill or familiarity with Exchange and emails which easily translates to services like Exchange Online. However, when it comes to files and folders in the cloud the service of choice is going to be SharePoint, for which there are a decided lack of skills even though SharePoint has been with us for many years now. As I have spoken about many, many time here, SharePoint is more than just simple storage, it is a collaboration system and needs to be approached in that manner to get the most from it. Not doing so results in lots of pain for both administrators and end users.


So there you have it. If I had to pick five skills in order that characterise a modern IT Professional, these would be they. You don’t need to be an elite ninja in each but likewise you can’t remain ignorant of them. if you work with Microsoft cloud technologies you should be familiar and comfortable with them all. If not, then you need to start investing some time and learning them because they will serve you well now and into the future.

Need to Know podcast–Episode 200

Well we made it! 200 episodes are now done and dusted. We thanks our special guests for attending this episode live, Mark O’Shea and Marc Kean.  Of we can’t forget the co-host Brenton Johnson, who helped make this episode special. We’d also like to thank everyone who shared best wishes and congratulations. It is fantastic to know that people are out there and enjoying what we put together.

This of course is only the beginning of the march towards our next 200 episodes and we hope you’ll all join us for the journey. We’ve come a long way in around 10 years of podcasting and so too has the Microsoft Cloud. What’s it going to be like in another 10 years? Join us on the journey.

Thanks again to both Mark O’Shea and Marc Kean for being part of our special episode and supporting the podcast over the years.

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Resources

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Microsoft Ignite sessions on YouTube

CIAOPS Techwerks whiteboard training–Sydney 31 January

I’ll be hosting an all day focused, hands on, technical whiteboard training session on Microsoft Cloud technologies (Office 365, Microsoft 365, Azure, etc) in Sydney on Thursday January the 31st 2019. The course is limited to 15 people and there are still a few places available if you wish to attend.

The content of these events is driven by the attendees. That means we cover exactly what people want to see and focus on doing hands on, real world scenarios. Attendees can vote on topics they’d like to see covered prior to the day and we continue to target exactly what the small group of attendees wants to see. Thus, this is an excellent way to get really deep into the technology and have all the questions you’ve been dying to know answered. Typically, the event produces a number of best practice take aways for each attendee. So far, the greatest votes are for deeper dives into Intune, security and PowerShell configuration and scripts, however that isn’t finalised until the day.

The CIAOPS Techwerks events are run regularly in major Australian capital cities, so if you can’t make this one or you aren’t in Sydney on that date, stay tuned for more details and announcements soon. If you are interested in signing up please contact me via emails (director@ciaops.com) and I can let you know all the details as well as answer any questions you may have about the event.

I hope to see you there.