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Microsoft recently had a flurry of announcements about Office 365 and especially Microsoft Teams. Below, we highlight  some of the key changes important to the asset management space. 

Microsoft: Now Available 

Outlook on the web - Conditional Access 

Office 365 can now set up policies that block users from downloading files from Outlook on the web to non-compliant devices. This helps provide more flexibility on the go, but still retains a good degree of security around your company files. 

Azure AD Password Protection 

Azure AD Password Protection helps you eliminate easily guessed passwords from your environment, which can dramatically lower the risk of being compromised by a password spray attack. Specifically, these features let you:  

  • Protect accounts in Azure AD and Windows Server Active Directory by preventing users from using passwords from a list of more than 500 of the most commonly used passwords, plus over 1-million character substitution variations of those passwords.  
  • Manage Azure AD Password Protection for Azure AD and on-premises Windows Server Active Directory from a unified admin console. 

Update to Exchange Mailbox Auditing – Mailboxes Audited by Default and New Mailbox Actions to Audit 

To ensure clients have access to critical audit data to investigate security or regulatory incidents in their tenancy when required, the Exchange Online service introduces a configuration that automatically enables mailbox auditing on all applicable mailboxes to users of the Commercial service. With this update, it is no longer required to configure the per-mailbox audit setting for the service to begin storing security audit data. These actions are of high interest to understand the activities that are taking place within the tenant. 

Combined Password Reset & MFA Registration 

Microsoft released a preview of a new user experience that allows users to register security info for multi-factor authentication (MFA) and password reset in a single experience. Now when a user registers security info such as their phone number for receiving verification codes, that number can also be used for resetting a password. Likewise, users can change or delete their security info from a single page, making it easier to keep information up-to-date. 

Outlook Calendar: Option to Block Forwarding of Meeting Invites 

Meeting organizers have the option to prevent attendees from forwarding a meeting invitation. This option is available only for users in Office 365. In the first release, the option to prevent forwarding is available when creating or editing meetings in Outlook on the web, but the option will become available in Outlook for Windows shortly after. 

In Development: To Keep an Eye On 

Admin tool: TeamSite Auto-Mount 

Admins can specify TeamSite Libraries that they want their users to automatically sync with OneDrive for Business. 

Passwordless Sign-in for Work Accounts 

Microsoft Authenticator mobile app now supports sign-in with your face/fingerprint or device PIN to your work accounts. You can take out the security risk of passwords and have the convenience of using a device you already own and carry with you. This option can be configured by administrators in the Azure Active Directory. 

For more Information on the latest Microsoft updates check out the roadmap here.

 

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Date/Time

Date(s) - 01/01/1970
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Location

600 5th ave. NY, NY