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HOWTO: Install CensorNet’s SMS PASSCODE AD FS Agent

Written on January 9, 2019 at 5:18 PM, by

Today, I had the pleasure of installing and configuring the AD FS Agent that is part of CensorNet’s SMS PASSCODE product., version 2018 (version 10). Here’s how to perform this task yourself.   About the Extensible Authentication Framework Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) offers the Extensible Authentication Framework (EAF). Leveraging this functionality, multi-factor authentication […]

I will be speaking at IT/Dev Connections 2018!

Written on October 8, 2018 at 4:22 AM, by

Next week I will be speaking at the IT/Dev Connection conference in Dallas (TX) during 16-18th October 2018, which is particularly exciting for me as it is the first time I will present in the USA! The session title is “Securing, Protecting, and Managing the Flow of Corporate Communications”. The session abstract tells you a […]

I’m staffing a Community Booth at two Community Social events at Microsoft Ignite 2018

Written on September 21, 2018 at 7:49 AM, by

Community Central at Microsoft Ignite is bigger, better and stronger, compared to last year’s Ignite, and I’m proud to share that I’m part of it! Besides my two theater sessions on Identity and Access Management (IAM) at Ignite, I will also be staffing a Community Booth at two Community Social events.    About Community Central […]

Configuring Account Lockout throughout a Hybrid Identity Environment

Written on June 29, 2018 at 9:10 AM, by

Denial of Service attacks on identity and access systems are common place. When you think you’re done when you’ve covered all the bases with account lock-out in your on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) environment, you’re wrong. Hybrid Identity requires more effort and Microsoft only made the tools you need generally available this month. […]

I will be speaking at the European Collaboration Summit 2018

Written on March 30, 2018 at 3:03 PM, by

Some exciting news! I’ll be speaking at the European Collaboration Summit 2018 in Mainz, Germany on May 28-30. My session is “Securing Exchange Online” and during that hour I will go through the capabilities of Exchange Online (Office 365) to further secure your email data and mail flow based on up-to-date know-how. It’s a topic […]

Starting October 31st 2018 Office 365 will only allow TLS 1.2

Written on January 10, 2018 at 10:51 PM, by

Update 5 September 2018 I got confirmation that SMTP also requires TLS1.2, see also this support article. Be sure to check all of you incoming/outgoing SMTP connections. That might be a good time to review those SMTP connections with this and this Microsoft article.   Update 10 February 2018* So, Microsoft announced a new date […]

I’ll be speaking at E-Communications & Collaboration Day 2017 (BE-COM.eu) on May 3rd 2017

Written on April 20, 2017 at 5:39 PM, by

In a few weeks, I’ll be travelling to Novotel Leuven in my neighboring country Belgium for the E-Communications & Collaboration Day 2017, a full-day (May 3rd 2017) of expert presentations and content about Office 365, Exchange, Skype for Business and related technologies. During this day, I will be presenting “Securing Exchange Online”: In this session, […]

Creating an Activity alert in Office 365

Written on April 10, 2017 at 3:56 PM, by

Within Office 365 you can use Audit Logging to monitor specific actions admins and users take. It’s comparable with Auditing within Exchange, but for most of all actions available in your Office 365 tenant. However, you need to do a search to find those actions perhaps long after the fact. That might be adequate for […]

Microsoft Authenticator – One easy-to-use app for all your multi-factor authentication needs

Written on August 15, 2016 at 11:35 PM, by

As announced on July 25, today, Microsoft’s new Microsoft Authenticator app replaces both its Azure Authenticator and Microsoft Account app as the one easy-to-use app for all your multi-factor authentication needs. Now, I’m not sure whether Microsoft will use the above slogan for the app, but to me it sums up what this new app […]

Certificate Services and Hardware Security Modules

Written on April 14, 2016 at 5:28 PM, by

A lot of deployment of Active Directory Certificate Services is never deployed with an Hardware Security Module (HSM). Now this does not have to be a problem depending on the use of the issued certificates. In some deployments however it can be a serious security risk not to incorporate a HSM into the design. What […]