Posted by: kurtsh | June 27, 2020

BETA: Endpoint Analytics “Proactive Remediations”

imageDid you know Microsoft Endpoint Manager has a new preview feature called “Endpoint Analytics”?

Endpoint Analytics aims to improve user productivity and reduce IT support costs by providing insights into the user experience. The insights enable IT to optimize the end-user experience with proactive support and to detect regressions to the user experience by assessing user impact of configuration changes.

This initial release, focuses on three things:

Proactive Remediations
Imagine being able to fix problems before users notice them. Proactive Remediations will proactively discover and remediate issues found on your devices. You can use our built-in remediations, or create your own!

For more details behind this magic, here’s a tutorial worth looking at:

clip_image002Microsoft’s Identity Group – Azure Active Directory, Identity Manager, etc. – will be at “Identiverse Virtual 2020”, an industry conference focused on Identity.

Join the brightest minds in identity and experience unparalleled education, collaboration, and insight into the future of Identity. Through our series of information-rich sessions on the latest technologies, best practices, and industry trends, you will gain an edge in the ever-changing identity security landscape. Register for any session below and you will get an All-Access Pass to the rest of the Identiverse content.



Here’s a list of some of the Microsoft-led presentation sessions that we’re delivering – including they keynote from Microsoft Corporate VP Identity, Alex Simons.

  • Identity Standards: What’s up, what’s new, what’s next
    Alex Simons – Corporate Vice President of Program Management, Microsoft Identity
    Wednesday, July 01, 2020 – 9:00 AM
    Open standards are essential building blocks for innovation, taking on heavy lifting that frees developers to focus on building unique solutions. In this session, Alex Simons will share the latest news on open identity standards and how innovators are using them to make the digital world safer and more equitable. After showing demos of some awesome FIDO 2 implementations, he’ll delve into the rising importance of Zero Trust and standards that are critical for supporting the new normal of remote work. He’ll then explore the role that decentralized identity systems and related standards will play to help us manage everyday digital interactions in a world forever changed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Customers and partners: Seamless and secure experiences for every relationship
    Robin Goldstein – Principal Group Program Manager, Microsoft Identity
    Tuesday, June 23, 2020 9:00 AM
    Organizations going through a digital transformation need to manage and secure user identities beyond organizational boundaries, including partners, customers, and citizens. They want a single solution that’s user-centric, flexible, secure, and scalable enough to support global users authenticating with any kind of identity. They also want a solution that has rich customization for both consumer- and business-facing use cases. In this session you’ll see real-world examples that show how organizations can create customized, branded experiences. The session will also highlight considerations for managing the lifecycle of all types of users.
  • A balancing act: Identity, privacy, and security in a data-sharing economy
    Pamela Dingle – Director of Identity Standards, Microsoft Identity
    Thursday, July 02, 2020 11:00 AM
    As the value of enterprise data increases so do the risks to the enterprise, the individual, and the industry. Do you know how to recognize those risks and mitigate them as an identity, privacy, or security professional?
  • Identity kill chain: A hacker’s eye view of how your systems get pwned
    Alex Weinert – Partner Director of Identity Security, Microsoft Identity
    Tuesday, July 14, 2020 – 11:00 AM
    A kill chain is the set of steps an attacker takes to achieve their objective. This nerve-wracking session includes live demos of current attack methods. You’ll walk through the identity kill chain from an attacker’s perspective and see what they see as they’re taking over your domain. We’ll show you the tools they use, how they apply them, and how they move from one guessed password to total takeover. You’ll see where the weakest links are in identity systems and how best to break the kill chain for each step, and you’ll walk away with a deeper understanding of attack mechanics and greater confidence in your ability to defend your organization.
  • Keynote panel: Identity at scale
    Sue Bohn – Partner Director of Program Management, Microsoft Identity
    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 – 9:00 AM
    The ways and frequency with which we use our identity data are increasing at an almost unimaginable rate. Dealing with Identity at scale is a challenge we will have to face. In this panel, hear how some of the largest providers and users of identity services are addressing those challenges today, and discover approaches and techniques that you will be able to use in the future.
  • The skills and experiences of identity practitioners
    Pamela Dingle – Director of Identity Standards, Microsoft Identity
    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 – 11:00 AM
    Knowing what skills you need to become an identity practitioner isn’t obvious, and hearing from others who’ve been in the same place in their careers can offer a lot of clarity. In this panel, cohosted by ID Pro and Women in Identity, professionals from Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Thomson Reuters will share their journeys toward becoming successful identity practitioners.

imageToday, we are excited to announce the acquisition of ADRM Software, a leading provider of large-scale industry data models, which are used by large companies worldwide as information blueprints. ADRM’s robust industry data models have been built and refined over decades for business-critical analytics.

An industry data model enables organizations to more holistically capture and define business concepts, refine and integrate processes, and build interoperability in their ecosystem. According to Gartner, “Data models are foundational for business. They undergird wide-ranging initiatives and permanent programs, such as data quality, data lineage and data governance.”¹ But companies today are implementing data modeling on a fragmented basis, resulting in a disparate data estate that is incapable of supporting the kinds of digital transformation required today.

For more information, visit:

imageWe are excited to announce the public preview of our mobile threat defense capabilities with Microsoft Defender ATP for Android.

Features include:

  • imageWeb protection
  • Malware scanning
  • Blocking access to sensitive data
  • Unified SecOps experience

Announcement post here:

Those customers that have preview features turned on can start trying out Microsoft Defender ATP for Android today. If you haven’t yet opted in, we encourage you to turn on preview features in the Microsoft Defender Security Center today.

Join us as we advance in our journey across platforms. For more information, including detailed system requirements, prerequisites, deployment and configuration steps, and a list of improvements and new features, check out the documentation.

imageToday we’re also excited to announce general availability of Microsoft Defender ATP for #Linux! Customers now get a truly unified security experience for the full spectrum of mobile, desktop, and server platforms.

Adding Linux into the existing selection of natively supported platforms by Microsoft Defender ATP marks an important moment for all our customers. It makes Microsoft Defender Security Center a truly unified surface for monitoring and managing security of the full spectrum of desktop and server platforms that are common across enterprise environments (Windows, Windows Server, macOS, and Linux).

Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux supports recent versions of the six most common Linux Server distributions:

  • RHEL 7.2+
  • CentOS Linux 7.2+
  • Ubuntu 16 LTS, or higher LTS
  • SLES 12+
  • Debian 9+
  • Oracle Linux 7.2

It can be deployed and configured using Puppet, Ansible, or using your existing Linux configuration management tool.

For more details, visit the announcement page at:

imageSafely sharing and accessing content is becoming increasingly important as the business world shifts to remote work. Join the OneDrive team on June 30, at 9:00-10:00 AM PT for a free webinar that demonstrates how Microsoft 365, OneDrive and SharePoint help users stay productive, keep your data secure and private, reduce the stress on IT during compliance or litigation issues while giving admins the tools to manage and monitor content.

imageThis session is followed by an “Ask Microsoft Anything” session (10:00-11:00 AM PT), where you can bring your questions and feedback to:

Find all event details here.

imageWant to learn more about Microsoft’s quantum developer resources?

Join our team on July 16 for a virtual Azure Quantum Developer Workshop where we’ll dive deeper into building applications on Azure Quantum.

This event is designed to help developers become quantum-ready and use the Azure Quantum service, including quantum hardware, software, and solutions, as it becomes broadly available. By attending this event, you can expect to gain a holistic understanding of the Microsoft Quantum developer ecosystem and the tools and resources available to kick start your journey to developing quantum apps.

This workshop will cover a variety of topics including introductions to the principles of quantum computing and quantum-inspired optimization, overviews of Q# and the QDK, and a virtual lab focused on creating quantum algorithms.

Stay tuned for more announcements on the event’s agenda and speakers over the coming weeks and be sure to enter our Q# quantum coding contest for a chance to win some great prizes. We hope to see you soon!

July 16, 2020 9:00 AM (America/Los_Angeles)

6 hours


More info:


Join Microsoft for a discussion exploring the current challenges and evolving business environment in Public Sector.

In just a short time, COVID-19 has fundamentally altered how governments, educational institutions and public health organizations around the world serve their communities. Julia Glidden, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector, and special guests Alex Benay, KPMG and former CIO of Canada, Vincenzo Aquaro, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and Marquis Cabrera, Stat Zero Group will discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the Public Sector and what we can anticipate going forward.

During this webinar, we will:

  • Share our perspectives on the impact of COVID-19 in Public Sector
  • Discuss COVID-19 learnings and actionable best practices
  • Offer you the opportunity to ask questions and share feedback


imageMany security professionals are realizing that their on-premises or private cloud-based security information and event management (SIEM) system can’t keep up—so they’re migrating this key security operations tool to the public cloud.

The IDG report, SIEM Shift: How the Cloud is Transforming Security Operations, delves into the results of a survey of 300 security and IT decision-makers to discover why more security professionals are moving to cloud-based SIEM. The report reveals that cloud-based SIEM:

  • Reduces SIEM costs by lowering or eliminating infrastructure, maintenance, licensing, and staffing costs.
  • Helps improve protection with AI and faster threat response.
  • Boosts SIEM performance, scalability, and stability.
  • Augments security teams with AI, reducing alert fatigue and automating common tasks.

Learn how your peers are strengthening their defense against threats.

Here you will find details of our upcoming webinars as well as resources for past webinars. We will be updating this page regularly with new webinars and resources so check back often!

Here’s a sample of some of what’s available on-demand in ADDITION to what’s coming up (not shown):


Category: Topic



Jun. 2, 2020

MIP: Power BI and MIP Integration



May 28, 2020

MIP:  Moving to unified labeling



May 26, 2020

Compliance: Records Management



May 14, 2020

Compliance: eDiscovery for Teams



Apr. 27, 2020

Both: Working remotely during challenging times



Apr. 22, 2020

MIP: Exact Data Match (EDM) classification



Apr. 15, 2020

Compliance: Compliance score how-to



Apr. 7, 2020

Compliance: Advanced audit



Mar. 17, 2020

MIP: Trainable classifiers



Mar. 10, 2020

Compliance: Insider Risk Management & Communications Compliance



Mar. 5, 2020

MIP: Using Sensitivity labels with Microsoft Teams, O365 Groups and SharePoint Online sites



Feb. 11, 2020

MIP: Know Your Data



Jan. 22, 2020

MIP: Introduction to SharePoint & OneDrive Auto-labeling



Additionally, here are resources for Information Protection & Compliance that may be helpful.

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