Posted by: kurtsh | April 23, 2021

INFO: Implementing Microsoft Exact Data Match (EDM)

imageFor those familiar with Exact Data Match (EDM) as part of Microsoft’s Data Loss Prevention services in Office 365 E5, there are two very useful articles that were written fairly recently on what a deployment would require.

This is a highly-customized feature that involves the creation of REGEX parsing filters, XML Rule Packages and virtually all configuration is done using PowerShell.

(Note: Microsoft Exact Data Match is not for the light-hearted and is not something you “take a class on”, “learn on the job”, or get “support engineering” to walk you though.  If you don’t have experience on staff specifically with Microsoft EDM, we  recommend a professional services engagement.)

Licensing is documented here:

Posted by: kurtsh | April 23, 2021

RELEASE: Azure Defender IoT – with CyberX technology

imageIncorporating IoT/OT-aware behavioral analytics and threat intelligence from our recent acquisition of CyberX, Azure Defender for IoT is an agentless, network-layer monitoring solution that can be rapidly deployed fully on-premises or in Azure-connected environments. It supports diverse industrial protocols and equipment, is deeply integrated with Azure Sentinel, and integrates out-of-the-box with third-party tools (Splunk, IBM QRadar, ServiceNow, etc.).

The new product helps reduce risk in Operational Technology (OT) and industrial control system (ICS) environments, including protecting against modern attacks that can lead to costly production downtime, theft of sensitive IP such as proprietary formulas or designs, and safety incidents. Azure Defender for IoT provides continuous visibility into your IoT/OT risk including addressing critical challenges such as:

  • IoT/OT asset discovery: What devices do we have and how are they communicating — so we can easily implement zero-trust policies for IoT/OT?
  • Vulnerability management: What are risks to our crown jewel IoT/OT assets — and how do we prioritize mitigation?
  • Continuous threat detection & IR: Do we have any IoT/OT threats in our network now — and how do we quickly respond?
  • Operational efficiency: How do we identify and rapidly eliminate inefficiencies from misconfigured industrial equipment?
  • Unified IT/OT security & governance: How do we remove silos between IT and OT? How do we leverage existing SOC workflows and tools to identify multistage attacks that cross IT/OT boundaries —and demonstrate to auditors that we have unified governance across IT and OT?

Why is Microsoft investing here?
Digital transformation and Industry 4.0 have significantly expanded IT/OT connectivity and the attack surface. Unlike desktops and servers, most of these IoT/OT devices don’t support agents and are currently unmanaged and invisible to IT teams. Without visibility, it’s impossible to detect if your IoT/OT infrastructure has been compromised. Further increasing risk, many of these devices weren’t designed with security in mind, lacking modern controls such as strong credentials and automated patching.

Microsoft wants to help you reduce risk with simple, modern, and intelligent solutions that address your entire digital estate— including IoT/OT.

For more technical details, you can read:

Or watch this:

Would you like to help influence the direction of our Microsoft 365 Compliance products? We need your input!

The Microsoft Compliance Product Groups are currently running several surveys that will help prioritize the top asks that we’ve captured from our customers. Filling out these surveys will allow us to understand what features customers want and need, and in what priority they prefer.

The surveys are active until April 21, 2021 and are available at the following links:

imageThe Power Platform Community is expanding to include user group functionality. Soon you’ll be able to engage in forums, get product updates, join groups, and sign up for events all in one place.

In a supportive and inclusive setting, you can network with like-minded peers and product experts. It’s an exciting time to grow your community as a leader or a member in alliance with Microsoft.

Sign up to be notified via email when our Power Platform and Dynamics 365 User Groups go live for public preview. Whether you’re an existing User Group leader on another platform or just interested in becoming a member, this is an opportunity to be a part of our homegrown Microsoft User Groups from the beginning. We will user the data collected from this form to improve the User Group experience.

Posted by: kurtsh | April 8, 2021

DOWNLOAD: Microsoft 365 Enterprise Deployment Guide

Microsoft has a BIG deployment guide around Microsoft 365 for Enterprises. It  breaks down the suites and the usage scenarios. 


There is also a section dedicated the deployment path that organizations should take from the ground up.

Read more about this guidance and the paths an organization can take below.

Posted by: kurtsh | April 8, 2021

HOWTO: Set up a Microsoft 365 Defender Trial

imageIf you need to set up Microsoft 365 Defender, follow the attached link to:

  1. Set up an Office 365 tenant (optional)
  2. Obtain 25 Microsoft 365 E5 trial license for 1 month
  3. Assign and configure the different Microsoft 365 Defender “pillars” as needed

Note that this lab will include:

  • Microsoft Defender for Office 365
  • Microsoft Defender for Identity
  • Microsoft Cloud App Security
  • Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

Go here:

Posted by: kurtsh | March 24, 2021

EVENT: Game Stack Live – April 20-21, 2021

imageGame Stack Live! is a two-day digital event focused on all things game development. Learn how to grow and build your games with sessions from Microsoft and Industry experts.

What to expect

Basically, everything you love about IRL events from the comfort of your battle station: talks, networking, and a splash of education on the Microsoft platforms, tools and services empowering game developers.

  • Deep dives & technical content across six dedicated tracks
  • Meet with partners showcasing tools, middleware, audio solutions, and more
  • Connect with industry and Microsoft technical experts
  • Join a community event and conversation hosted by Xbox employee groups

Register today!

imageLearn about cloud storage solutions for all your workloads.

Build a foundation for all enterprise workloads at every stage of your digital transformation. Eliminate data silos and help ensure scalability, security, and compliance with the right Azure storage solution for any use case—from migration to building apps in the cloud.

Join us at this free digital event to:

  • Understand cloud storage trends and innovations—and plan for the future.
  • Map Azure Storage solutions to your different enterprise workloads.
  • See demos of Azure disk, object, and file storage services.
  • Learn how to optimize your migration with best practices.
  • Find out how real customers are accelerating their cloud adoption with Azure Storage.
  • Get answers to your storage questions from product experts.

Be one of the first to register and enter to win an Azure Storage swag gift! 100 winners will be selected at random on the first day of registration.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to any registered event attendee 18 years of age or older. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., 18+. For Official Rules, see


"Preparing for The Post Pandemic Fallout in Child Welfare"

Microsoft Industry Digital Forum, March 31, 2021 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM PST

Child welfare organizations historically operate without adequate capacity to meet their mandates regarding safety and permanency for children. Covid-19 brought new pains as organizations struggled to respond during lockdowns, maintain their workforce, contact trace, and retain foster homes when foster families feared exposure. However, lockdowns suppressed report volume as children were no longer visualized by mandated reporters, namely educators and healthcare providers. As the pandemic abates, children will return to the public eye, sparking increased demand. Organizations need to be prepared to respond without growing backlogs that bring about a cascading system collapse.

Learn what organizations did and will do to counteract the effects of the pandemic. Some of the questions we will discuss include:

  • How can technology add capacity to achieve best outcomes?
  • What emergency solutions will become consistent practice?
  • What interactions can be done virtually versus in person?
  • How to reduce high turnover?

Host and Moderator: Greg McKay, Director, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft Panelist:

  • Maura Corrigan, Legal Counsel Butzel Long – Former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice and Michigan HHS Director
  • Shalom Jacobs, Deputy Director of Field Operations, Arizona Department of Child Safety
  • Dr. Carol Homden, CEB, Group CEO, Coram

Registration is below:

Posted by: kurtsh | March 23, 2021

INFO: Azure Migration Program

imageSimplify your move to the cloud with the Azure Migration Program.

The Azure Migration Program helps accelerate your journey to the cloud by providing the following:

Specific benefits include:

  1. Migrate your infrastructure, databases, and apps on your own terms
  2. Find the cloud migration companies and specialized Azure migration partners that best fit your scenario
  3. Get the specific security, governance, data, and networking design guidance you need for your project
  4. Qualify for Azure credits to help offset transition costs as you migrate
  5. Get cloud migration services from subsidized partners for assessment and migration
  6. Learn cloud skills with Azure technical training through Microsoft Learn and accredited partners
  7. Get direct access to FastTrack for Azure engineers to help plan your cloud migration and design your architecture
  8. Work with specialized migration partners to address your unique needs
  9. Continue to get support from migration experts even after your migration is complete

Read more about the program here:

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