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What admins should know about the combined registration portal for Azure MFA and Self Service Password Reset

The (long) title pretty much reveals the purpose of this blog post. This one was on my to-do list for a while now, and now the combined registration portal is General Available, the time was there. In my previous MFA related blogs, I always encouraged my readers to turn on the combined registration portal, even when it was in public preview. But if you start using this portal, there are quite some settings that can change the user experience of… 

Microsoft Secure Score Series – 08 – Use Cloud App Security to detect anomalous behavior

Cloud App Security anomaly detection policies provide User & Entity Behavior analytics (UEBA) and advanced threat detection across your cloud environment. Today we take a look at Cloud App Security. I recently wrote a blog about the new activity policies in Cloud App Security, so if your organization uses Teams, you should definitely take a look a that one. The improvement action we’re talking about has no user impact and might no increase your score right away. But if you… 

How to keep an eye on your Teams with Log Analytics and Azure Monitor?

In my previous blog post, I wrote about the new Teams activity policy templates in Cloud App Security. A great addition to easily keep an eye on your teams. Let’s take a short look a the policies before we continue. The policies will create alerts when: a team’s access level is changed from private to public an external user is added to a team a user deletes a large number of teams These templates are easy to use, and will… 

Activity policy templates for Teams in Microsoft Cloud App Security

The usage of Teams is massively increased over the past weeks. The numbers of people using Teams nowadays are insane. Organizations rapidly enrolled Teams to their users. But what about security? Time to take a look at security and governance. But where do you start? In my opinion, Microsoft Cloud App Security gives you the best insights on where to focus. Using the MCAS activity log you can study the users’ behavior. What is happening? What files are downloaded? What… 

Manage Teams custom backgrounds using Intune

Update! I got some feedback on this blog. Seems that if your users are not members of the local administrator group, install will faill with error: 0x80070001. I’ve updated the article to solve this problem. I replaced the cmd files for Powershell scripts and did some minor changes to the detection and uninstall scripts. This should now work for users without admin permissions. Microsoft introduced background effects in Teams. All of a sudden you see people having their custom backgrounds.… 

Microsoft Secure Score Series – 06 – Enable policy to block legacy authentication

Today, most compromising sign-in attempts come from legacy authentication. Older office clients such as Office 2010 don’t support modern authentication and use legacy protocols such as IMAP, SMTP, and POP3. Legacy authentication does not support multi-factor authentication (MFA). Even if an MFA policy is configured in your environment, bad actors can bypass these enforcements through legacy protocols. In this blog post, we take a look at legacy authentication and how to block it on your tenant. Legacy protocols are not… 

Use Power Automate for your custom “dynamic” groups

Azure AD Dynamic Groups Dynamic groups in Azure AD are awesome. I use them a lot. Dynamic groups can create groups based on attributes. For example, you can create a group that includes all the users from the Sales Team. The query for the group would look like this: If a new user comes along with the same attribute, the user will automatically be added to this group. This can be really helpful for onboarding. You can pick a lot… 

Microsoft Secure Score Series – 05 – Enable self-service password reset

With self-service password reset in Azure AD, users no longer need to engage helpdesk to reset passwords. This feature works well with Azure AD dynamically banned passwords, which prevents easily guessable passwords from being used. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at Self Service Password Reset in Azure AD. Self Service Password Reset allows your users to quickly unblock their account without the help of IT staff or helpdesk. For readability, I use SSPR for… 

Microsoft Secure Score Series – 04 – Ensure all users can complete multi-factor authentication for secure access

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) helps protect devices and data that are accessible to these users. Adding more authentication methods, such as the Microsoft Authenticator app or a phone number, increases the level of protection if one factor is compromised. In this blog post, we take a look at the different ways to make sure that your users can register for multi-factor authentication. Enabling Multi-Factor Authentication is a no-brainer giving the fact that your identity is your key to almost all your…