With this post, I will take you on the journey to enable FIDO authentication for Office 365 as an alternative to the Authenticator app or as an addition to the Authenticator app. What is FIDO FIDO stands for “Fast IDentity Online” and provides a passwordless authentication method with a passkey like the Yubikey 5. FIDO allows you to log into many websites and devices without entering a password. In-depth information about FIDO can be found on the FIDO Alliance website.
Five years ago, I wrote an article about enabling PIM roles with Powershell, and last week I took it upon myself to convert it using the Microsoft Graph PowerShell modules Why would you move? The primary reason to start moving to the graph modules is that the AzureAD and other modules were declared deprecated last year; see this post for all the details https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-entra-azure-ad-blog/azure-ad-change-management-simplified/ba-p/2967456 The modules still work but will not get any updates anymore.
I wanted to do a write up of the tips I found in Office 365 to reduce the number of unwanted messages in Office 365. I will skip the most basic ones like adding the SPF record as this is told by the domain configuration that you need that. The more advanced once and usually not configured settings can bring you more. Let us start with the anti-spam policy, this one is configured with the basic settings, but are very loose.
This weekend I had the privilege to speak at SharePoint Saturday in Madrid. The session was about Automation in Office 365. See the slides below [slideshare id=151347967&doc=20190622-usingautomationinoffice365-190623120657]
So, what is Access Review? It is an Azure solution that can assist in the reduction of access to guests in your tenant and access to applications for your users. This tool can assist you in doing automated reviews of access to certain Enterprise applications or on AD groups in your tenant. See this YouTube video for a detailed explanation https://youtu.be/kDRjQQ22Wkk The downside of this tool is that it is only available when you have Azure AD P2 or EMS E5 license.
Let’s kick this post of what I mean with a break glass account. What is a break glass account? A break glass account is a non-personal in case of an emergency account that is never used and is stored in a vault where only a few people have access too. This account is a global admin on your tenant and in some sense is the top-level account of your environment.
Today I had the privilege to speak at SharePoint Saturday Genève. I did a session about security in a cloud environment when you are moving from an on-premises environment to the cloud. The security then moves from your perimeter network to the user’s identity. The session gave an overview of the tools in Azure AD to secure the cloud identity. [slideshare id=125157044&doc=20181206-spsgenevewearemovingtothecloudwhataboutsecurity-181206131838]
At my customer we are using Privileged Identity Management (PIM) for all admin related tasks, no employee has standing access within the company. What is PIM Let’s first start by explaining Privileged Identity Management. It is a service that is available in Azure AD and is part of Azure AD Plan 2. For a user to use it, they need this plan enabled. PIM makes it possible to give a user the privilege to elevate his or her access rights for a preset amount of time to a higher role such as User Administrator or SharePoint Administrator.