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Top 10 Best Security Practices for Azure

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Dominik Hoefling MVP

At Microsoft Ignite 2019 last year Mark Simos, Lead Architect for the Microsoft Cybersecurity Solution Group, ran a groundbreaking session about the top ten best security practices for Azure today. In his session, he discusses the need for stronger cloud security as more computing environments moving to the cloud. This blog post covers a summary of the session and gives you an overview about the latest Azure security innovations and what’s new in Azure Security Center.

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New Azure Active Directory Features

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Nathan O'Bryan MCSM

As more IT services move to the cloud, the need for better security features will only increase. People want to be able to log in hassle-free, but organizations need strong authentication security. The fastest way for this move to cloud service to fail is going to be though a large security breach. Microsoft is aware of all these facts, and they are putting a lot of work into ensuring that logging into their cloud servers is both easy and secure.

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The Requirement to Trust and Change When Moving to the Cloud

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Thomas Stensitzki

The ability to process computer-based data on third-party systems is not a new invention. For example, the outsourcing of financial data to tax advisers for further processing has been used for decades. Since the introduction of the term "cloud," the idea that computer-based data is stored and processed by third-party service providers creates an uncomfortable feeling.

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Introducing AAD Connect 1.1.749.0 with new privacy and troubleshooting features

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Jeff Guillet MVP, MCSM

Microsoft is drizzling out a new build of Azure Active Directory Connect via auto-upgrade to select customers. They often do this when a new build has significant changes to make sure it doesn't break in existing organizations that currently use AAD Connect. It will be available for all customers to download in the coming days/weeks as either an auto-upgrade or manual download.

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Conditional Access Azure Active Directory

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Nathan O'Bryan MCSM

Conditional Access is a premium feature of Azure Active Directory that allows administrators to specify conditions under which users can authenticate into other cloud services. With conditional access, you can specify that a certain set of users can only authenticate to specific applications from specific IPs for example.

The hard part about conditional access is that it takes a lot of work to configure and test the policies. Ensuring that you know how a policy is going to affect your users is critical. In this blog post I’m going to look at a new tool in the Conditional Access line that helps with this problem. "Azure-Active Directory-Conditional Access-What If" gives administrators a new way to test Conditional Access policies to see what the effect of applying those policies will be.

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Exploring Azure Stack

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Nathan O'Bryan MCSM

The cloud! We get it. Specialization has been the way of the world since the industrial revolution, and IT isn't immune from that trend. 

The financial model makes sense for software companies and their customers. The support model makes sense for IT departments. Cloud makes sense for everyone…except when it doesn’t. 

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Active Directory Administration Cookbook, 2nd Edition

In this book, Microsoft MVP & Technical Editor of ENow's Azure & Active Directory Center, Sander Berkouwer will share the intricacies of managing Azure AD, Azure AD Connect as well as Active Directory for administration in the cloud and on Windows Server 2022.