imageYou’re invited to The Virtual Security Summit, a premier virtual event hosted by Microsoft. As an attendee, you’ll hear from industry experts on implementing strong security practices, combating cybercrime, and utilizing advanced techniques to identify and protect against threats.

Please join us on April 16, 2019, from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM PT as we stream live from Redmond Studios.

We have a packed agenda! Highlights for this event include:

Threat summaries. Walk away with the current trends of evolving cyber threats, including the lifecycle of an attack and tips for preventing attacks within your organization.

Cutting-edge perspectives. Security thought leaders will provide their latest assessments on new technology, including innovations in IoT and machine learning, as well as the tools needed to secure them.

Training insights. Microsoft security experts will look to the future and evaluate emerging skill sets that will benefit teams at organizations of all shapes and sizes.

Ready to gain a competitive edge in the ever-evolving realm of cybersecurity? Register for this virtual event today and secure your spot.

Can’t attend the live event?

Register and we’ll send you the on-demand version when it’s ready for viewing.




Sean Sweeney

Americas Director, Cybersecurity Solutions Group, Microsoft

Sian John

Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft EMEA

Curtis W. Dukes

Executive Vice President and General Manager

Security Best Practices and Automation Group, CIS

imageInterested in a deep dive on Azure Advanced Threat Protection?

Azure ATP uses real-time data (Network Traffic, Trace data and Events) to find anomalies quickly. It uses a combination of behavioral analytics (profiling users and computers) and known attack techniques, Azure ATP to reduce the number if false positive alerts and allows the SecOps team to focus on what it most important.

Azure allows us to scale from the smallest to the largest environments, and the Intelligent Security graph provides a rich source of data to enhance our detections.

The Azure ATP engineering team is hosting a series of webinars to help demystify Azure ATP. Check out our webinar series. Details and registration at

The first webinar will focus on Detections & Alerts and will take place on Monday, April 29th at 8:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM ET / 15:00 UTC. We will be posting recordings of the webinars at

To stay informed about future webinars and other events, join our Security Community at

imageWe are very excited to announce that live events are now generally available.

Live events in Microsoft 365 enables anyone to create live and on-demand events that deliver compelling communications to employees. Events use video and interactive discussion across Stream, Teams, or Yammer. And the production can be as simple, or as sophisticated as needed, using webcams and screen sharing for informal presentations, or a studio-quality production for more formal events.

Up to 10,000 attendees can participate in real-time from anywhere, on any device, or catch up later with powerful AI features that unlock the content of the event recording.

For more information, visit the announcement page at:

imageOffice 365 E3 subscribers are now eligible to use MyAnalytics, the personal productivity metrics solution that analyzes an individual’s work behaviors and provides insight into their productivity, leveraging information about the people they send email to & the meetings in their calendar. (Moving forward, it will also include signals about a user’s tendencies from Microsoft Teams & OneDrive for Business)

Some IT organizations however are not prepared to support MyAnalytics yet.  As an IT Professional, you can disable the Insights by MyAnalytics add-in for your entire organization by using the Exchange admin center.

Learn more:

imageJoin us for the Virtual Security Summit (April 16th 9:00AM PST), where we’ll be addressing questions and concerns about cyber security for organizations and more.

Full agenda here:

Register now:

Posted by: kurtsh | March 21, 2019

PREVIEW: Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac

Today, we’re announcing our advances in cross-platform next-generation protection and endpoint detection and response coverage with a new Microsoft solution for Mac. Core components of our unified endpoint security platform, including the new Threat & Vulnerability Management also announced today, will now be available for Mac devices.

For more information, read the announcement here:

Earlier this year, we announced two new offerings for customers that basically need specific security & compliance capabilities.

  • Identity & Threat Protection—This new package brings together security value across Office 365, Windows 10, and EMS in a single offering. It includes best of breed for advanced threat protection services including:
    – Microsoft Threat Protection (Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)
    – Windows Defender ATP
    – Office 365 ATP including Threat Intelligence
    – Microsoft Cloud App Security
    Azure Active Directory

This offer will be available for $12 per user per month.*

  • Information Protection & Compliance—This new package combines:
    – Office 365 Advanced Compliance
    – Azure Information Protection

    It’s designed to help compliance and IT teams perform ongoing risk assessments across Microsoft Cloud services, automatically protect and govern sensitive data throughout its lifecycle, and efficiently respond to regulatory requests leveraging intelligence.

This offer will be available for $10 per user per month.

Read the announcement here:

imagePreviously only available in Microsoft 365 E5 & Office 365 E5, “Microsoft MyAnalytics” has been added as a component to Microsoft 365 E3 & Office 365 E1/E3

Microsoft MyAnalytics delivers “People Analytics” & summarizes how you spend your time at work, then suggests ways to work smarter—from cutting unproductive meeting time to reducing time spent working after hours. It even uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help you stay on top of your to-dos by flagging commitments you’ve made in email.

MyAnalytics information surfaces information to the end user through 3 features:

  • personal dashboard
  • Outlook add-in
  • weekly emails

The availability of MyAnalytics is as follows:

With today’s updates, MyAnalytics features will be available for Microsoft 365 E3, Business, and Office 365 E3, E1, Business Premium, and Business Essentials plans. MyAnalytics functionality will roll out in phases, beginning with the Outlook add-in. Beginning February 12, 2019, MyAnalytics licenses will be assigned and activated; however, users will not be able to see any MyAnalytics functionality. The add-in functionality will begin rolling out on March 12, 2019.

To read the full announcement, visit:

imageIn an article we at Microsoft wrote on our “On-the-Issues” blog entitled,  “The fight against tech support scams”, we highlighted the need to be vigilant against Tech Support scams attempting to extort vulnerable or trusting individuals.

Since then 3 major carriers have made spam/scam call filtering/blocking technology available at no cost.

For 3rd party solutions, read the following article for a summary of other options:

imageGet the technical resources, documentation, and code samples you need to support all areas of your data estate—from discovery and research to implementation and maintenance. With SQL Server 2017, you’ll gain the flexibility to deploy the industry-leading performance and security of SQL Server to your favorite platform. Provide your information once to access the entire SQL Server technical e-book series, including:

  • Book 1—SQL Server Performance: faster querying with SQL Server

Learn about speed, scalability, and other built-in SQL Server features that deliver faster processing capabilities. Explore in-memory online transaction processing (OLTP), a memory-optimized database engine integrated into the SQL Server engine that can significantly improve application performance. Other topics include: columnstore indexes, lightning-fast analytics, and automatic tuning features like adaptive query processing.

  • Book 2—Drive business continuity with SQL Server

Explore high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) strategies to maintain business continuity and minimize unplanned downtime and data outages. Walk through the two most common continuity solutions: mirroring—at the database level—and clustering—at the server level. Discover the rich SQL Server feature set of availability groups, failover cluster instances, and log shipping capabilities. Find out how instances of SQL Server can be made highly available on both Windows and Linux using the same features.

  • Book 3—SQL Server on Linux: A guide to re-platforming and modernizing your data workloads

Get the definitive guide on re-platforming for heterogeneous environments—combining operational databases, data warehouse, and various data sources to drive insights. Familiarize yourself with cross-platform and migration tools along with use-case demos of the cutting-edge technologies and enterprise-grade features now available in open-source and mixed-shop (Linux + Windows) environments. Topics include: columnstore indexes, in-memory technologies, high availability, graph data extensions, Adaptive Query Plan, and enhanced security features.

Download the entire SQL Server technical e-book series:

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