Author: Tony Redmond

Enforce MFA for SharePoint Online Sites with Conditional Access Policies

by Tony Redmond

Securing Confidential SharePoint Online Data SharePoint Online sites hold some very confidential information. Now that SharePoint Online supports sensitivity labels, you can protect individual documents with encryption to stop their contents leaking. Other features, like regarding newly uploaded documents sensitive by default to stop them being shared externally until Data Loss Prevention (DLP) processing completes,… Read More

Yammer Previews Fluent User Interface

by Tony Redmond

Year of Yammer Keeps on Rolling Seven months after Microsoft declared the “Year of Yammer,” a public preview of a much-hyped (at Ignite 2019) new user interface is available to Office 365 tenants. General availability of the new Yammer is expected in July 2020. The new interface is already available in the Yammer mobile app… Read More

Stop OWA Users Autoforwarding Email

by Tony Redmond

Autoforwarding is Badness Allowing users to forward their email outside Exchange Online is bad, especially if they don’t keep a copy of the forwarded messages in their mailbox. Apart from removing email from the controls imposed by data governance policies, it creates a risk that confidential information travels outside the organization, including when an attacker… Read More

Syncing Office 365 Updates to Planner

by Tony Redmond

Soon you'll be able to synchronize Office 365 notification messages to Planner and manage the introduction of the changes through Planner. The integration is straightforward and works well. In fact, I have nothing much to complain about, which is why I wonder if I am missing something.

Microsoft 365 Communications Compliance Takes New Look at Employee Interaction

by Tony Redmond

Communications Compliance is a part of Microsoft 365's Insider Risk functionality. This is a replacement for Office 365 supervision policies and introduces coverage of new communications and a lot of machine learning, plus a link to Advanced eDiscovery for the really complicated cases. Not every Office 365 tenant will be interested in employee monitoring, but those that need to should look at Communications Compliance.

Inconsistencies in Microsoft 365 Licensing for Security and Compliance

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The new licensing guidance for Microsoft 365 security and compliance features is welcome, but as is probably inevitable, some inconsistencies exist that need to be probed and discussed, and hopefully resolved by Microsoft in the long run. Why do DLP policies for Teams need E5 licenses? Why does applying a default retention label to a SharePoint library need E5? There's lots to discuss about issues Microsoft should fix.

The Confusing World of Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance Licensing

by Tony Redmond

Licensing the range of Microsoft 365 compliance and security features is a task taken on by the bravest. Or so they say. Another way of putting it is that people just don't understand what licenses are needed for the different compliance, data governance, and security features. A new Microsoft 365 Compliance plan and three sub-licenses might make it easier, even if they're more expensive. After reading the PDF to explain what licenses are needed, maybe you'll know what you need to buy.

Purging Unwanted Messages from Exchange Online Mailboxes

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft will remove the Search-Mailbox cmdlet from Exchange Online on July 1, but that doesn't mean you can't purge bad messages from user mailboxes. Office 365 content searches and content search actions can hard- or soft-delete messages. Some limitations exist, but not enough to be worried. And we include a PowerShell script to show how to get the job done.

How Slack Integrates with Teams for Calling

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Slack has revealed its add-on for Teams calling to dispel the mystery (at least in my mind) for how they would create a calling integration without Microsoft's help. As it turns out, Slack has taken some work they already had and the fact that Teams has URIs for meetings and combined them together to get their integration done. Very smart|