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Check This Out! (CTO!) Guide (May 2023)

Hi everyone! Brandon Wilson here once again with this month’s “Check This Out!” (CTO!) guide. These posts are only intended to be your guide, to lead you to some content of interest, and are just a way we are trying ... continue reading
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SMB signing required by default in Windows Insider

Heya folks, Ned here again. Beginning in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25381 (Canary, zn_release) Enterprise editions, SMB signing is now required by default for all connections. This changes legacy behavior, where Windows 10 and 11 required SMB signing by ... continue reading
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How Microsoft can help you go passwordless this World Password Day

It’s that time of year again. World Password Day is May 4, 2023.1 There’s a reason it’s still going strong 10 years after being created by cybersecurity professionals. A recent study that analyzed more than 15 billion passwords found that ... continue reading
Windows Server Summit 2022: SMB Enhancements in Windows Server 2022 and Windows 11

Windows Server Summit 2022: SMB Enhancements in Windows Server 2022 and Windows 11

Welcome to the “Director’s cut” of the 2022 Windows Server Summit. I am going through and posting each of the sessions (and my comments) that were part of the event that took place December 6th, 2022. You have probably come across ... continue reading
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Secure your cloud environment with Cloud Next-Generation Firewall by Palo Alto Networks, an Azure Native ISV Service—now in preview

To support our customers in accelerating their digital transformation journey and protecting their cloud environment against threats, Microsoft is committed to giving customers the best possible options for securing their applications. To accelerate that commitment, we are excited to announce ... continue reading
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Using Microsoft Intune for Local Administrator Password Management

As you may have heard; Windows LAPS feature is released to Public Preview in the last week of April. It has support for two main scenarios for backing up local administrator password such as storing passwords in Azure AD and ... continue reading

Why you should practice rollbacks to prevent data loss in a ransomware attack

The security community is continuously changing, growing, and learning from each other to better position the world against cyberthreats. In the latest post of our Community Voices blog series, Microsoft Security Senior Product Marketing Manager Brooke Lynn Weenig talks with Tanya Janca, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of We Hack Purple, who ... continue reading
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Stay compliant and protect sensitive data with Zero Trust security

Regulatory standards frequently shift and tighten, especially with the rise of hybrid work environments. And with the explosion of data growth, organizations have seen a massive uptick in cybersecurity issues and needs. According to IBM’s 2022 Cost of a Data ... continue reading
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Protect intellectual property with Govern 365 and Microsoft Purview

This blog post is part of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association guest blog series. Learn more about MISA.  Global supply chains face a broad range of risks, from physical threats to cybersecurity threats. Sharing information with suppliers is essential for the supply ... continue reading

Bitlocker is not resuming after reboot count has been reached

Hi,   I'm Helmut Wagensonner, a Cloud Solution Architect Engineer at Microsoft. Recently, I ran into an unexpected Bitlocker behavior at a customer. It turned out that this behavior is on purpose so I thought I let you know about ... continue reading