Comparing Costs: Azure IaaS vs. On-Premises Server Hardware

31. March 2016 Business, Opinion 0
Most people do not compare costs of running infrastructure in Azure to traditional on-premises deployments appropriately. To begin with, it is almost impossible to compare them apples-to-apples. For example: as soon as you deploy a VM in Azure, all of your data will be written into 3 different storage locations by default. If you select the Geo-redundant storage option, ...

It Could Still Happen to You: How to Get Through a Digital Recovery Effort

24. March 2016 Business 0
You can never assume that you’re safe just because you’re sitting behind a next-generation firewall and some fancy, expensive security software. If you’re familiar with my post about not being an Internet idiot, then congratulations, you have all the information you need to be way safer than about 95% of the general population.  But, unfortunately, ...

What is Advanced Threat Analytics?

24. March 2016 Technical 0
Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) is a security product from Microsoft that is included with the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) subscription.  Unlike most of the other EMS components that tend to be a bit more cloud-centric, ATA is an on-premises-based security solution that helps identify Advanced Persistent Threats (APT’s) and insider threats before they can cause damage on your local network. ...

How to not be an idiot on the Internet

21. March 2016 Opinion 0
There was a really funny security article circulated a few years ago after the crypto-variant viruses first started becoming a widespread problem; I wish I could remember who had written it, and if I could find it again I would link to it here and give them due credit. I tried searching for just a few minutes–I haven’t ...

Office 365 Email encryption vs. Rights Management templates

14. March 2016 Technical 0
This is a four-part post on Azure Rights Management for Office 365. The Azure RMS service is a powerful tool that we can use to prevent data leakage and share information securely with users inside & outside of the organization. Follow along as we explore how to: Activate Azure Rights Management for Office 365  Configure Email encryption for Office ...

How to configure Email encryption for Office 365

14. March 2016 Technical 0
This is a four-part post on Azure Information Protection (formerly Rights Management) for Office 365. The Azure RMS service is a powerful tool that we can use to prevent data leakage and share information securely with users inside & outside of the organization. Follow along as we explore how to: Activate Azure Information Protection for Office 365  Configure Email encryption for ...

How to Activate Azure Information Protection for Office 365

14. March 2016 Technical 0
This is a four-part post on Azure Information Protection (formerly Rights Management) for Office 365. This service is a powerful tool that we can use to prevent data leakage and share information securely with users inside & outside of the organization. Follow along as we explore how to: Activate Azure Information Protection for Office 365 (this post) Configure Email ...

Azure AD Premium vs. Azure AD with Office 365

10. March 2016 Opinion, Technical 0
If you have an Office 365 subscription, then you already rely on Azure Active Directory. If you have DirSync or Azure AD Connect enabled, then that means your on-premises user identities and passwords are being synchronized to your Azure Active Directory tenancy in the cloud. I recommend this configuration, especially if you are considering an Azure Active Directory ...

Azure Rights Management with EMS vs. RMS with Office 365

07. March 2016 Opinion, Technical 2
The purpose of Azure Rights Management Services is to allow users to encrypt certain files and messages for sharing safely only with those colleagues and business associates whom they choose. You can obtain Azure RMS licensing separately or with an EMS subscription, but if you have an Office 365 E3 plan (or E4 or E5), then ...