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Chris Goosen

Office 365 MVP, Exchange MCM, Technology Consultant

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Office 365 Security: Do You Have a People Problem?

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Chris Goosen

Many organizations regard their people as their greatest asset. There is no disputing that the ability to hire great talent is a critical component to success, but in today’s pandemic-work-from-home world these great assets could also pose the greatest risk to your business. No amount of technology can account for human nature. You may already have invested in the best security solutions, but all it takes is a single click of a phishing email. I like to refer to this as a people problem – something that technology cannot solve entirely.

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Add Custom Branding to Your Office 365 Sign-in Page

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Chris Goosen

In today’s cloud services world, organizations are always looking for ways to improve user experience while still retaining their corporate brand and image. Microsoft Office 365 has always offered some degree of banding for those who choose to implement Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) for identity federation in their on-premises environment and as one would expect, it has matured over time to become easier and much more feature rich.

Fortunately, organizations who have chosen not to use identity federation also have the ability to apply custom branding to the Office 365 sign-in page where users are redirected when they are signing in to Office 365 services. It often becomes a little confusing because this functionality is actually configured in Microsoft Azure, not in Office 365 and is provided as part of the Basic or Premium edition of Azure Active Directory. As you probably know by now, Azure Active Directory is the identity and access management service used by Office 365 and when you sign up for an Office 365 tenant an Azure Active Directory free edition instance is automatically created for you.

If you would like to take advantage of the custom branding feature in Azure Active Directory, you need to upgrade to either the Basic or Premium edition of Azure Active Directory. You do of course have the ability to sign up for a 90 day trial as well.

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