Slides from this month’s webinar are at:
July 2021 Microsoft 365 Need to Know Webinar
If you are not a CIAOPS patron you want to view or download a full copy of the video from the session you can do so here:
Watch out for next month’s webinar.
Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) is the more modern approach to application white listing on a windows 10 device when compared to AppLocker. It is however, just as easy to deploy using Intune as this video shows:
You firstly need to create your WDAC policy as an XML file. Then you use the PowerShell command:
to ‘compile’ it into a .bin file. You upload this .bin file into an Intune device configuration policy and apply that to all the desired machine.
Remember, unlike AppLocker, WDAC applies to the whole machine, not individual users of that machine.
Remember, WDAC is already part of Windows 10 so there is no additional cost and using Intune, it will work with both Windows 10 Enterprise and Professional to help you secure your environment.
One of the great things about deploying Windows AppLocker via Microsoft Intune is that it supports both Windows 10 Enterprise and Professional. It is also quite straight forward to deploy as I hope the video conveys.
Once you have your base policies, you create a custom Windows 10 device Configuration policy with Intune and deploy it to your device fleet. Once that process is complete you’ll have the same application control you had on a single device but now across as many machines as you wish.
Remember, that Windows AppLocker is free with Windows 10 and easily deployed to machined from the cloud using Microsoft Intune.
Windows Defender Application Control, like Windows AppLocker is a way to control what executes on your Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise workstation. For more information have a look at this article from Microsoft:
Windows Defender Application Control and AppLocker Overview
You can easily configure WDAC using PowerShell and Microsoft provides a number of example policies that you can use to get started. This video will demonstrate that process on a stand alone Windows 10 Enterprise workstation:
Both WDAC and AppLocker can be used together but the recommendation is use WDAC as it is a more modern approach to whitelisting and has greater security controls and enforcements.
You can also deploy WDAC using Intune and Endpoint Manager which I’ll look to demonstrate in an upcoming article.
So, much like AppLocker, you can use WDAC to prevent executables on your Windows 10 environment. This is a great way to minimise the risk of ransomware and should be part of your defence in depth strategy.
Windows AppLocker is an inbuilt component of Windows 10 that allows you to do applications whitelisting. This is really good way to help minimise the chances of ransomware infections.
To use it in stand alone more or or with Group policy you are going to need to use Windows 10 Enterprise. However, you can use a tool like Intune to also manage AppLocker with Windows 10 Professional. For more details see:
Requirements to use AppLocker
The video takes you through the basic setup and operation of Windows AppLocker in a stand alone environment so you can get a feel for how it is configured and works.
In an upcoming post I’ll also details how to configure AppLocker using Intune via Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
In the face of continued COVID uncertainty locally I have decided to move the whole Secwerks 1 event online. The event will now be conducted fully using Microsoft Teams. Registrations are still open for the event starting on August the 5th, but now spread over 4 half day sessions to lower fatigue levels. You can register now and find a link to more details at:
The event times will be during Thursday and Friday afternoons here in east coast Australia (GMT+10) and may not suit other locations. However, every business that registers will receive a copy of the recordings as well as the training materials. Registration is also now per business not per individual.
The Secwerks event is focused on giving you actionable information around Microsoft 365 as well as best practices, automations and understandings about how to improve the security of these environments. If you manage an Office 365 or Microsoft 365 environment, this, now, virtual event is for you.
I am working hard to add some unique sessions to the agenda and will be confirming those soon. Thanks to those who have already registered for being so accommodating in the face of this unexpected pivot but I look forward to seeing you at the event from the 5th of August 2021.
I have made some updates to my free security test script:
The main improvement is the inclusion of a menu that allows you to select which test you want to run.
You can use the CTRL and SHIFT key to make multiple selections here.
The video also shows the results when the test script is run on a Windows 10 environment with Trend Micro and a Chrome browser.
Don’t forget to keep checking back for further script updates and improvements.