Security

Food for thought – Bring Your Own Disaster.

Today a slightly different blog post. It’s a common discussion that I face almost daily. Clients that embrace the “anywhere, anytime, any device” approach, and want to take control over their data. And that’s not as easy as it sounds. The problem One of the most common challenges that organizations face when embracing the modern workplace, is the one with Bring Your Own Devices. Personal devices. Devices in all flavors and sizes. Devices from different hardware vendors, with different operating… 

Block outdated operating systems with Cloud App Security

It is not unlikely that some of your users still use Windows 7 on their home computers. Or any other outdated operating system (heaven forbid). Despite the warnings, news articles, and endless coffee chit chats about this subject, they still have the – “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” – mindset, and will eventually use it to access work resources as well. With the use of Conditional Access you can block specific operating systems, but you cannot specify a… 

Azure MFA authentication method analysis. Share the results with Power Automate!

You might have seen the sample script, created by the Microsoft community, to run some analysis on your Azure MFA authentication methods. This script can be used to make recommendations on how to improve each user’s MFA configuration. You can run the script against your tenant, and the results can be exported to a CSV file. Wouldn’t it be cool to share those results with your users straight away? With the use of Power Automate (Flow), we can easily send… 

Microsoft Secure Score Series – 15 – Do not expire passwords

Research has found that when periodic password resets are enforced, passwords become less secure. Users tend to pick a weaker password and vary it slightly for each reset. If a user creates a strong password (long, complex and without any pragmatic words present) it should remain just as strong in 60 days as it is today. It is Microsoft’s official security position to not expire passwords periodically without a specific reason, and recommends that cloud-only tenants set the password policy… 

Use Microsoft Graph Security for end-user notifications

In this short blog post, I want to show how you can use the Microsoft Graph Security to send alerts and notifications to your end-users. I also want to show you that it is super easy to set up. All you need is: Power Automate or Logic Apps Microsoft Graph Security Connector (premium) Microsoft Teams or Email connector to send the messages One of the (Microsoft) security products to work with like Cloud App Security or Identity Protection Microsoft Graph… 

Bulk dismiss risky users with Power Automate or Logic Apps

Update 08-10-2020: Microsoft released an official connector for Azure AD Identity Protection. This would be much easier to use, since you don’t have to create a service principal to authenticate the custom connector. However, at the time of writing the official connector does not have the action to get all the risky users. Will keep an eye on things. This blog was inspired by an Azure AD Mailbag blog about Azure AD Identity Protection. In the article, Microsoft provided a… 

Prepopulate phone methods using a Custom Connector in Power Automate

Part 2 – Automation In the previous blog post of this series, I’ve shown you the use of the Graph API and how you could manually populate the phone methods for your users. Today, we are going to take it a step further. We’re going to add some automation with Power Automate by using a custom connector. What are we building? Today we are going to add a phone method for all your users using Power Automate and a custom… 

Prepopulate phone methods for MFA and SSPR using Graph API

Part 1 – Graph API What is the number one task if we want to protect our identity? Right. Turn on MFA.What is the number one task our helpdesk is busy with all day (and night)? Right. Password Resets.What is the number one struggle when we want to implement security? Right. User experience.So, what are you gonna get by reading this blog post? Some light at the end of the tunnel. Buckle up! What’s the case here? I start at… 

Use Power Automate as your Conditional Access Police Department

Last week, I was working on a new blog for the Secure Score Series regarding global admin and break glass accounts. I came to the point where I was thinking of possible scenarios that could go wrong with these accounts. What if someone accidentally added these users to a certain group? What if that group would be triggered in some policy or maintenance tasks? A lot of these actions can be discovered using Microsoft Cloud App Security and Azure Monitor.…