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Attack Simulator for Office 365 Threat Intelligence – Overview and Preparation

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Email spam is once again the most popular choice for sending out malware. Spam has been one of the main infection vectors for decades. During the past few years, it’s gained more popularity against other vectors, as systems are getting more secure against software exploits and vulnerabilities. A recent report of F-Secure reports that spam email click rates have gone up from the 13.4% recorded in the second half of 2017 to 14.2% recorded in the first half of the year. To protect against these attack vectors is nearly impossible as a majority of attacks leads to web pages never seen before and due to the the sheer infinite range of these attack vectors. The only thing that really improves our security level is permanent education of our users.

On ‎02-21-2018  Microsoft has announced the Public Preview of Attack Simulator for Office 365 Threat Intelligence. In preparation of some customer workshops I had a first look into the product that I want to share with you.

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Windows 10 AppLocker Policies still affect after disabling the service

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from time to time I consult customers in the configuration of Windows 10 AppLocker. I really love AppLocker because it’s super simple, reliable and enterprise ready in terms of administrative overhead. Furthermore it’s the recommended tool for the configuration of unwanted / not needed apps within Windows 10. But sometimes AppLocker kind of “breaks” my Windows 10 start menu and stops Apps from strarting up. Although the AppLocker enforcement is disabled.

 

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The People’s History of ConfigMgr – Happy 25th Birthday ConfigMgr

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I’m super happy to be part of the “The People’s History of ConfigMgr”. It’s  the second half of the “ConfigMgr @ 25” documentary series, and this story is told solely by the ConfigMgr community. For the first time on camera and on the record, a wide variety of ConfigMgr fellows talk openly as they reflect on their good (and terrible) experiences, how it changed the way they work, and what ConfigMgr has meant to their careers — and the industry.

 

 

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Microsoft Ignite 2017 – Recap

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I finally found the time to wrap up Microsoft Ignite 2017 in Orlando / Florida. I had the great honor to have three different stage experiences. But for sure the breakout session in a fully packed room was the absolute highlight.

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Windows 10 – Configure Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge

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The current Windows 10 Insider Build 16257 includes upcoming features of Redstone 3 and Windows 10 1709. Also included are all the features of the Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG). The feature will work like a sandbox. The feature is intended to prevent malicious content and downloaded files from harming the system.  After surfing, the isolated tab closes and clears all malicious code together with the temporary container. Admins can already create Whitelists from harmless pages that start in conventional Edge windows. Pages not listed then open in an application guard container within Edge.

 

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Windows10 – Configure Windows Settings Menu

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With the Windows 10 Creators Update (1703) we have received a possibility to configure the “Windows Settings”. The Windows settings are the new, unified system control menu that was introduced with Windows 10. This menu is particularly critical because many of the Enterprise’s unsuitable features can be configured through this menu. This created the need to remove or hide specific settings.

 

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