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Hi there! Stanislav Belov here, and you are reading the next issue of the Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News series!  

 

As a reminder, the Noteworthy News series covers various areas, to include interesting news, announcements, links, tips and tricks from Windows, Azure, and Security worlds on a monthly basis.

 

 

Microsoft Azure

Advancing Microsoft Azure reliability

Reliance on cloud services continues to grow for industries, organizations, and people around the world. So now more than ever it is important that you can trust that the cloud solutions you rely on are secure, compliant with global standards and local regulations, keep data private and protected, and are fundamentally reliable. At Microsoft, we are committed to providing a trusted set of cloud services, giving you the confidence to unlock the potential of the cloud.

Manage emergency access accounts in Azure AD

It is important that you prevent being inadvertently locked out of your Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) tenant because you can't sign in or activate an existing individual user's account as an administrator. You can mitigate the impact of inadvertent lack of administrative access by creating two or more emergency access accounts in your tenant. Emergency access accounts are highly privileged, and they are not assigned to specific individuals. Emergency access accounts are limited to emergency or 'break glass' scenarios where normal administrative accounts cannot be used. Organizations must maintain a goal of restricting the emergency account's usage to only the times when it is absolutely necessary.

Four steps to a strong identity foundation with Azure Active Directory

Managing access to apps and data can no longer rely on the traditional network security boundary strategies such as perimeter networks and firewalls because of the rapid movement of apps to the cloud. Now organizations must trust their identity solution to control who and what has access to the organization's apps and data. More organizations are allowing employees to bring their own devices to work and use their devices from anywhere they can connect to the Internet. Ensuring those devices are compliant and secure has become an important consideration in the identity solution an organization chooses to implement. In today's digital workplace, identity is the primary control plane of any organization moving to the cloud.

What is Azure Bastion?

The Azure Bastion service is a new fully platform-managed PaaS service that you provision inside your virtual network. It provides secure and seamless RDP/SSH connectivity to your virtual machines directly in the Azure portal over SSL. When you connect via Azure Bastion, your virtual machines do not need a public IP address. Bastion provides secure RDP and SSH connectivity to all VMs in the virtual network in which it is provisioned. Using Azure Bastion protects your virtual machines from exposing RDP/SSH ports to outside world while still providing secure access using RDP/SSH. With Azure Bastion, you connect to the virtual machine directly from the Azure portal. You don't need an additional client, agent, or piece of software.

Add Google as an identity provider for B2B guest users

By setting up federation with Google, you can allow invited users to sign in to your shared apps and resources with their own Google accounts, without having to create Microsoft Accounts (MSAs) or Azure AD accounts.

Windows Server

Group Managed Service Accounts for Windows containers

Although Windows containers cannot be domain joined, they can still use Active Directory domain identities to support various authentication scenarios. To achieve this, you can configure a Windows container to run with a group Managed Service Account (gMSA), which is a special type of service account introduced in Windows Server 2012 designed to allow multiple computers to share an identity without needing to know its password. When you run a container with a gMSA, the container host retrieves the gMSA password from an Active Directory domain controller and gives it to the container instance. The container will use the gMSA credentials whenever its computer account (SYSTEM) needs to access network resources.

Windows Client

Windows 10 & Privacy Compliance: A Guide for IT and Compliance Professionals

At Microsoft, we are deeply committed to data privacy across all our products and services. With this guide, we provide IT and compliance professionals with data privacy considerations for Windows 10. Microsoft collects data through multiple interactions with users of Windows 10 devices. This information can contain personal data that may be used to provide, secure, and improve Windows 10 services. To help users and organizations control the collection of personal data, Windows 10 provides comprehensive transparency features, settings choices, controls and support for data subject requests, all of which are detailed in this guide.

The next version of Microsoft Edge: Enterprise evaluation and roadmap

The Dev Channel now has enterprise features enabled by default and is ready for evaluation and supported by detailed deployment and configuration documentation. We are also offering full support for deployment in pilot and production environments through our commercial support channels.

Security

Your Pa$$word doesn't matter

When it comes to composition and length, your password (mostly) doesn’t matter. To understand why, let’s look at what the major attacks on passwords are and how the password itself factors into the equation for an attacker. Remember that all your attacker cares about is stealing passwords so they, or others, can access accounts. That’s a key difference between hypothetical and practical security – your attacker will only do really wacky, creative stuff you hear about at conferences (or wherever) when there’s no easier way and the target of the attack justifies the extra effort.

Understand secure, Azure-managed workstations

Secured, isolated workstations are critically important for the security of sensitive roles like administrators, developers, and critical service operators. If client workstation security is compromised, many security controls and assurances can fail or be ineffective. This document explains what you need for building a secure workstation, often known as a privileged access workstation (PAW). The article also contains detailed instructions to set up initial security controls. This guidance describes how cloud-based technology can manage the service. It relies on security capabilities that were introduced in Windows 10RS5, Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), Azure Active Directory, and Intune.

Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) to Azure Advanced Threat Protection (Azure ATP)

Use this guide to move from an existing ATA installation to the Azure Advanced Threat Protection (Azure ATP) service. The guide explains Azure ATP prerequisites and requirements, and details how to plan and then complete your move. Validation steps and tips to take advantage of the latest threat protection and security solutions with Azure ATP after installation are also included.

Delivering major enhancements in Windows Defender Application Control with the Windows 10 May 2019 U...

With the Windows 10 May 2019 Update we delivered several important features for Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC), which was originally introduced to Windows as part of a scenario called Device Guard. WDAC works in conjunction with features like Windows Defender Application Guard, which provides hardware-based isolation of Microsoft Edge for enterprise-defined untrusted sites, to strengthen the security posture of Windows 10 systems.

Microsoft’s TVM now helps thousands of customers to discover, prioritize, and remediate vulnerabilit...

Threat & Vulnerability Management (TVM) is a built-in capability in Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Microsoft Defender ATP) that uses a risk-based approach to discover, prioritize, and remediate endpoint vulnerabilities and misconfigurations. Our goal is to empower defenders with the tools they need to better protect against evolving threats, and we believe this solution will help provide that additional visibility and agility they need.

New Azure Active Directory capabilities help you eliminate passwords at work

As more and more of our customers move to cloud services and applications, we need to provide authentication options that are secure and easy to use. Today, we’re announcing the public preview of FIDO2 security keys support for passwordless sign-in to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Using a FIDO2 security key, the Microsoft Authenticator app, or Windows Hello, all Azure AD users can now sign in without using a password.

Inside out: Get to know the advanced technologies at the core of Microsoft Defender ATP next generat...

These next-generation protection engines provide industry-best detection and blocking capabilities. Many of these engines are built into the client and provide advanced protection against majority of threats in real-time. When the client encounters unknown threats, it sends metadata or the file itself to the cloud protection service, where more advanced protections examine new threats on the fly and integrate signals from multiple sources.

Support Lifecycle

Windows 7 support will end on January 14, 2020

Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that we can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences. The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020. After that, technical assistance and automatic updates that help protect your PC will no longer be made available for the product. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.

Extended Security Updates for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008/2008 R2: Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

On January 14, 2020, support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end. That means the end of regular security updates. Don't let your infrastructure and applications go unprotected. We're here to help you migrate to current versions for greater security, performance and innovation.

Products reaching End of Support for 2019

Products reaching End of Support for 2020

Microsoft Premier Support News

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