Tag - ATP

Updates to my Exchange Online and Office 365 ATP scripts

Just a quick note--this week I updated the Exchange Online and ATP scripts that I publish and use to provision new tenants--to fall more in line with the new best practices that were published by the Exchange Online Protection and Office 365 ATP teams.* You can also use the new...
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From Ignite 2019: Office 365 ATP Best Practices Analyzer, and other actions MS is taking to democratize security

I haven't had time to write an overall review of Ignite and all the various announcements that were made. And honestly, I might just skip that because there are so many others out there doing the same. They probably did an even do a better job than I would. So...
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Introducing the Microsoft Office 365 Email Security Checklist

Okay. I think I have had enough. Enough of what? Enough of reports like this one. And since email is still the number one attack vector in use by the bad guys, it's time we step up our game--I'm looking at you, IT pros (especially consultants). Of note, from the...
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Super-charging security on non-Microsoft 365 E5 plans

This article was updated in April of 2020 Microsoft 365 E5 is the Cadillac of plans. Basically every product in the 365 universe is bundled into this level subscription, and that includes a ton related to security. Recently, Microsoft announced two new bundles aimed at security & compliance. The idea behind these...
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Add-ons that are NOT compatible with Microsoft 365 Business (yet)

Update 3/9/2019: I had to update this article. I am moving some former content on Identity & Threat Protection to its own article, and expanding on it there. Microsoft 365 Business is a fantastic value, and contains most of what we would like to see in a small business subscription. However,...
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Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Plan 2

Recently, Microsoft changed up some of the SKU's relating to security & compliance out in the Microsoft/Office 365 universe. As part of these announcements, they renamed Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to Office 365 ATP Plan 1. Then, to create Office 365 ATP Plan 2, they simply bundled Plan...
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Limiting privilege in Microsoft 365 Business

One of the most important things you can do for boosting your security posture on any technology platform (Microsoft or otherwise), is limiting administrative privilege. We have long known that any given user should really only have enough access to do their jobs, and nothing more. Now in the Enterprise subscriptions...
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Understanding Email authentication (SPF, DKIM and DMARC) in Office 365 Exchange Online

For a long time now, we administrators have had the ability to provide email authentication for our customers using SPF, DKIM and DMARC. However, an embarrassingly low percentage of us actually take advantage of these tools. That means it is fairly trivial business for a third party to spoof messages...
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Microsoft 365 Enterprise: What Windows 10 goodies are included that you don’t get with Pro/Business?

In this article, I wanted to highlight some of the key differences between Windows 10 editions, which are available through subscription in Microsoft 365 Enterprise SKU's. Small business admins and consultants are going to be interested in some, but not all, of these features. There may be others I'm not...
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Understanding the Anti-Spoofing technology in Exchange Online

In the Spring of 2018, Microsoft released some new anti-spoofing features into their Advanced Threat Protection product, which is also bundled into Microsoft & Office 365 E5 plans, as well as Microsoft 365 Business. Anti-spoofing leverages machine learning and other intelligent software to determine whether messages have been "spoofed" or...
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