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NDES Security Best Practices

Hi, I am Dagmar, working for the Microsoft Compromise Recovery Security Practice team. As NDES (Network Device Enrollment Server) – if misconfigured or not secured and hardened properly – can be a door opener for the compromise of an Active ... continue reading
Figure 1: Enabling DDoS Protection Standard on a hub virtual network in Azure Firewall Manager

Streamline your DDoS management with new Azure Firewall Manager capabilities

This post was co-authored by Alethea Toh, Program Manager, Azure Networking. As customers continue to adopt a Zero Trust security approach in their digital transformation, they often prefer a way to manage their network security policies and resources in one ... continue reading
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FoggyWeb: Targeted NOBELIUM malware leads to persistent backdoor

Microsoft continues to work with partners and customers to track and expand our knowledge of the threat actor we refer to as NOBELIUM, the actor behind the SUNBURST backdoor, TEARDROP malware, and related components. As we stated before, we suspect ... continue reading
Graphic illustrates the steps, goals, and initial questions in DART’s ransomware investigation assistance.

A guide to combatting human-operated ransomware: Part 1

This blog is part one of a two-part series focused on how Microsoft DART helps customers with human-operated ransomware. For more guidance on human-operated ransomware and how to defend against these extortion-based attacks, refer to our human-operated ransomware docs page ... continue reading
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Boost your network security with new updates to Azure Firewall

This post was co-authored by Eliran Azulai, Principal Program Manager, Azure Networking. Today, we are announcing new Azure Firewall capabilities as well as updates for August 2021. Azure Firewall supports US West 3, Jio India West, and Brazil Southeast. Auto-generated ... continue reading
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Windows Server 2022 is full of new file services!

Heya folks, Ned here again. As you’ve heard by now, Windows Server 2022 is available and supported for production deployments. This new OS brings many new features around security, storage, networking, web, containers, applications, virtualization, edge, and Azure hybrid. Today ... continue reading

Innovate securely with Azure

This blog post has been co-authored by Carissa Broadbent, Product Marketing Manager, Security Marketing. Security is based on the inherent need for safety. Today, we see that need challenged more than ever. In the past year alone, we’ve witnessed an ... continue reading
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Azure DDoS Protection—2021 Q1 and Q2 DDoS attack trends

This blog post was co-authored by Amir Dahan, Senior Program Manager, Anupam Vij, Principal Program Manager, Skye Zhu, Data and Applied Scientist 2, and Syed Pasha, Principal Network Engineer, Azure Networking. In our 2020 retrospective, we highlighted shifts in the ... continue reading

7 ways to harden your environment against compromise

Here at the global Microsoft Compromise Recovery Security Practice (CRSP), we work with customers who have experienced disruptive security incidents to restore trust in identity systems and remove adversary control. During 2020, the team responded to many incidents involving ransomware ... continue reading
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What the heck is the File Server “role” in Windows Server???

Heya folks, Ned here again. Today I clear up an old idiosyncrasy of Windows Server: if the SMB Server service is always installed, why is there a role called "File Server" and what does enabling it do? Let's... role ;) ... continue reading