Microsoft Security Matters Newsletter – Feb/Mar Edition Part 1 (Webinars)

I purposely had held off on doing just a February Newsletter knowing that RSA was at the beginning of March and would bring lots of exciting announcements.  However, when I went to go compile the newsletter I realized that not only were there a lot of announcements to pass along but there were also several webinars that kicked off that deserved their own communication.  Provided below are M365 related webinars that organizations of any size can leverage as learning opportunities for their staff.

Azure AD Deployment Webinars

Microsoft Cloud App Security Deployment Webinar Series

  • Registration Link
  • March 12, 3:00 PM ET     Information Protection
  • March 19, 3:00 PM ET     Threat detection
  • March 26, 3:00 PM ET     Conditional Access App Control
  • April 2, 3:00 PM ET          App Discovery and Log Collector Configuration
  • April 9, 3:00 PM ET          Connecting 3rd party Applications
  • April 16, 3:00 PM ET        Automation and integration with Microsoft Flow

Azure Information Protection Webinar Series

  • Registration Link
  • March 14, 3:00 PM ET          Introduction: AIP basics and latest announcements
  • March 21, 3:00 PM ET          Discovery: Discover data at rest
  • March 28, 3:00 PM ET          Classification: Label taxonomy and recommendations
  • April 4, 3:00 PM ET               Protection: Protect data at rest and in motion
  • April 11, 3:00 PM ET            Monitoring: Visibility into who is accessing data
  • April 18, 3:00 PM ET            MIP SDK: How to leverage the SDK

The Virtual Security Summit

Microsoft Security Matters Newsletter – January 2019 Edition

After 2018 being packed with major security & compliance solutions/features added to Microsoft 365, 2019 is off to a bang with key announcements in the areas of Identity & Threat Protection.  Enjoy going through the resources below in the first newsletter of 2019.

General News

Microsoft 365 Security (All Up News)

Identity & Data Protection (Azure AD, Intune, AIP, MCAS)

Threat Protection (O365 ATP, Windows Defender ATP, Azure ATP/ATA)


Jeremy Windmiller | Enterprise Security Architect, CISSP, ITIL | Microsoft – Healthcare

“Managing Healthcare Insider Security Threats” Needs to Include Data Protection


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Over the past few weeks, there have several posts in my LinkedIn feed around the growing concern around insider threats for healthcare organizations.  The most recent of these posts was a write-by  Dan Fabbri on Maize Analytics which was a summary of his thoughts on a recent HIMMS study performed by SailPoint.  In his (Dan Fabbri) post he calls out the following to combat healthcare insider threats:

The best way to combat insider threats is by combining a training and awareness program with technology. With machine learning, user-based analytics, and artificial intelligence programs that monitor ePHI access, hospitals can catch inappropriate access to patient data.

While this approach is one step in controlling access to sensitive data the reality is that it is not protecting the data.  The above approach should be partnered with technical solutions that classify and protect the data that may be exported out of clinical systems.  Traditionally, some of the larger healthcare organizations have tried to implement a client (agent) based DLP solution(s) to address this scenario but in a lot of cases have had challenges, if not failures, due to the complexity of these systems.

Given that the majority of the data generated out of a clinical system ends up in an unstructured form (ie Office or PDF files, makes up 85% of unstructured data in most corporations) a technical solution that classifies and protect these files at the time of creation should be considered.   One such technical solution that can classify and protect files is Microsoft’s Azure Information Protection (AIP) which automatically labels sensitive files being created by staff.

An example from working with healthcare customers is that physicians were exporting sensitive patient data from the EMR in order to perform clinical research with colleagues at another healthcare organization.  This data was being sent in an Excel format via email with no protection and was accidentally sent to a recipient with 1000’s of sensitive patient information.  In this scenario, if AIP had been in place the data could have been automatically classified as having sensitive patient information then applied protection (encrypting the file) to ensure that unattended recipients couldn’t have opened up the document.  This protection is applied at the file level so even if the file was placed on an external drive, a network share or online storage (Box, DropBox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc) it would still be safe.

As healthcare organizations adopt Exchange Online and other cloud technologies, leveraging a Cloud App Security Broker (CAS-B) to monitor for sensitive data leaving the organization should be a technical solution to evaluate to further expand data protection.

More information about Microsoft’s Azure Information Protection can protect data is available here.


Kick Off the New Year with Microsoft Transformational Webinar for the Modern Workplace

The Microsoft Healthcare Blog recently posted about this great event to start off the new year. Provided below is a summary of what will be covered during this week of presentations starting on 1/7.

  • Session 1, January 7: Microsoft Teams Governance and Adoption in Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Session 2, January 8: HLS Enterprise Data Governance and Management
  • Session 3, January 9: Enterprise Data Visualization with Power BI
  • Session 4, January 10: Protecting High Risk Healthcare & Life Science Data with Identity and Conditional Access
  • Session 5, January 11: Guarding the HLS Gate with Microsoft Threat Intelligence

More details on each of these sessions can be found here.

Microsoft 365 Security Year in Review 2018 Newsletter

WOW!! What a year for the Cybersecurity industry.  Some things haven’t changed (breaches are still occurring) but the security solutions continue to evolve and this includes Microsoft 365 Security.  Included in this edition of the newsletter is a compilation of announcements and resources from calendar year 2018 that show the power of the M365 Security platform.  It was an exciting year and suspect that 2019 will be more of the same for Microsoft and its customers.

General News

M365 Security (All Up News)

O365 Stats

Identity & Data Protection (Azure AD, Intune, AIP, MCAS)

Azure AD

Threat Protection (Office ATP, Windows Defender ATP, Azure ATP/ATA



Kicking Off the New Year with a Blog Relaunch

It’s been a few years, actually over 3,  since I have blogged personally and I have missed the the cathartic relief of putting my own thoughts down on electronic paper provides.


With that being said, starting in the new year off I will be reigniting my blog  to discuss items related to technology and security that I come across on a weekly basis in working with customers.  Other items that will appear here will be focused on personal technical items and pictures I capture as I am out with the family or while traveling.