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    • 21 Sep 2017

    Fortune Cookies Don’t Lie: Office 365 Cloud Security Is in Your Future

    The meal is finished, so your waiter brings the check and a handful of fortune cookies. One by one, you and your friends go around the table reading them. “‘You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.’ Well, that’s profound.” “‘The love of your life will appear in front of you unexpectedly.’ Huh. I never could have guessed that.” “‘A great...
    • 21 Sep 2017

    Improving Active Directory Security with Blue Team defense services

    A few weeks ago, Bryan Patton wrote about using Microsoft's Enhanced Security Admin Environment (ESAE) to improve your Active Directory security . Whether you make the decision to migrate to an ESAE environment, to an "Orange Forest", or to harden your existing environment, Quest can help you identify and remediate existing gaps as well as provide proactive management to prevent future gaps from developing...
    • 20 Sep 2017

    Nail Your Security Audits and Assessments – Enterprise Reporter Suite

    “Call and let me know how much fun you’re having,” I told my cousin when she went off to college a few weeks ago. “As if,” she said. “What’s the big deal?” I said. “Spend five minutes and tell me how much fun you’re having.” “I’d rather spend those five minutes having fun than reporting on it. You’re on my finsta ; that’s all...
    • 20 Sep 2017

    When $#!% hits the fan, what’s your Azure AD recovery plan? Find out at Microsoft Ignite!

    Identity is the new control plane, which means that being able to back up and recover both your on-premises Active Directory and Azure Active Directory (AD) is critical. But most customers I work with don’t know how to respond if sensitive objects are accidentally or maliciously deleted from Azure AD. See, if you use Microsoft Azure AD or Office 365 , it is important to understand the differences between the on...
    • 19 Sep 2017

    How to protect against AD security breaches and insider threats? Find out at Microsoft Ignite!

    Remember Hank the Hacker ? Hank is a fictional character we created for a recent webcast series around Active Directory security best practices. Hank represents hackers that appear in many shapes and sizes and who love to exploit the security limitations of AD, Azure AD and Office 365 . Hank the Hacker will send cyberattacks on your email, he’ll block login access with ransomware, he’ll use pass-the-hash techniques...
    • 18 Sep 2017

    Detecting Active Directory breaches: How to Focus on the Needles and Not the Haystacks

    One thing is for certain – security has never been so scrutinized and publicized as it has these last few years. IT security spending is the highest it has ever been and yet cyberattacks, and the stolen company and customer data that follows, continues to dominate headlines. Just this month as many as 143 million customers were affected by the breach at credit reporting agency Equifax. The worldwide economic impact...
    • 13 Sep 2017

    Shirt me at Microsoft Ignite

    Humans, by nature, are obsessed with free things. This is one of the main reasons I avoid Costco during peak sample hours. And the only thing better than free things – are cool free things. That’s why I’m personally pumped about our daily giveaways and raffle prizes happening in booth 717 at Microsoft Ignite . So, whatcha got? First, we’re giving away #STOPHANK t-shirts and some other cools...
    • 12 Sep 2017

    How Microsoft Red Forest improves Active Directory Security

    In the early days of Active Directory , a decision had to be made as to whether you were going to do an in-place upgrade of your existing Windows NT 4.0 environment, or if you were going to do a “greenfield” migration. Some organizations had multiple domains and did a combination of both. As Active Directory (AD) grew in popularity, there were less greenfield migrations and more AD forest-level consolidations...
    • 12 Sep 2017

    Quest is back at Ignite – 3 reasons you should get excited

    We interrupt this blog to bring you this message: Our thoughts and well wishes go out to to all those who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Recovery from these catastrophic disasters won’t be quick and many will need our help to get back on their feet. Please check out the Texas Emergency Preparedness site or the Irma Relief Fund to discover ways you can play a role in helping those impacted...
    • 31 Aug 2017

    GDPR Compliance Requirements and Implications for US Companies

    GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation – Photo Courtesy: Descrier I thought I would dedicate this blog to one topic that keeps coming up: “As a US business or government organisation, does GDPR affect me?” However, even if you are not based in the United States, I encourage you to continue reading, as the same challenges, restrictions, enforcements and opportunities still apply around the world...
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