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Microsoft Intune and Jamf Pro: Better Together to Manage and Secure Macs

This post is co-authored by Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft and Dean Hager, CEO, Jamf.

At the Jamf Nation User Conference (JNUC) in October, we talked about how our partnership would provide an automated compliance-based solution for secure access to corporate data from Mac devices. This solution uses Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) conditional access and Jamf Pro Mac management capabilities to ensure that company data can only be accessed by trusted users, from trusted devices, using trusted apps.

Today, Microsoft and Jamf are proud to make this integration generally available to our shared customers. Jamf customers can upgrade to Jamf Pro 10.1 to get started today.  The EMS cloud services have already been updated with this functionality and are available globally.

Every organization wants to ensure that only trusted users, on trusted devices, using trusted apps get access to their data.  However, the perimeter-based security model that organizations have traditionally used is no longer effective in providing this level of security when the data is increasingly outside of the corporate firewall – in cloud services and on mobile devices.  To address this challenge, EMS has delivered a unique set of security controls for the modern world. Each time access to corporate data is requested, EMS is able to quickly determine if the request is in fact coming from a trusted user, on a trusted device, with a trusted app. Access is then “conditionally” granted to company data based on the policies IT has defined — and this action relies on the unique data and intelligence in the Microsoft Cloud. This identity-driven security model is what is needed in the modern world of cloud services and mobile devices.

Given the increasing sophistication of the attacks and the speed at which these attacks are designed to spread, organizations require solutions that put the power of intelligent clouds working on their behalf 24×7 to assist them in protecting the organization. Conditional access gives IT the power to enforce policies that work in real-time based on the intelligence in the Microsoft Cloud. With this partnership, Jamf is continually feeding the rich data on Macs from Jamf Pro into the Microsoft Cloud – further strengthening the ability of the Microsoft Cloud to protect access to company data.

The reasoning behind this partnership is simple: Our mutual customers were looking for a way to enforce EMS conditional access policies across all the devices their users chose to use — PCs, mobile devices, and Macs. We combined the power of the unified endpoint management and conditional access in EMS with Jamf’s Mac device management capabilities to meet the needs of our mutual customers, focusing on three key functions:

  1. Jamf admins will now be able to sync their Mac inventory data with Intune and the Microsoft Cloud. With critical information about the security status of managed Macs, this inventory opens up the ability to do single-pane-of-glass reporting within Intune.
  2. This inventory data can then be analyzed by Intune’s compliance engine to generate a report and then, combined with intelligence about the user’s identity, enforce conditional access via EMS. If the Mac is compliant with the conditional access policies IT has set, it will be given access to the protected company resources.
  3. This integration also provides a user-friendly remediation experience for noncompliant devices. Users are seamlessly directed back to Jamf Self Service to fix any security issues causing the device to be non-compliant and preventing them from accessing company data.

Here’s an overview of the architecture for this integration:

Both of our teams are excited to continue working together to enable this functionality for our mutual customers. Because these solutions now work together, IT can enjoy the management power of each ecosystem with the simplicity of inventory reporting in a single pane of glass. We are looking forward to hearing your feedback and continuing to add new features in the coming year.

Since the announcement on this partnership, we have had the opportunity to personally talk with more than 100 joint customers.  The feedback has been universally positive.  This is a solution that is integrated, modern, and is loved by users and trusted by IT.

We are genuinely excited to make these capabilities generally available and can’t wait to see how our customers will use them.

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For Sale – Microsoft Surface Book – i7 – 16GB Ram – 1TB SSD – GFX Card – Accessories

Microsoft Surface Book.

13.5″ Screen (3000 x 2000)
Core i7 6600OU CPU.
16GB LPDDR3 ram.
1TB SSD drive.
Nvidia GeForce 940M.
USB 3.0.
Dual Band AC Wi-Fi.

Accessories:

Microsoft dock & all important ‘active’ mini display to HDMI cable.
Microsoft pen.
Microsoft pen tip pack.
Microsoft charger.
Bluetooth mouse.
Car charger.
Black leather case.

Very light use and everything is in spotless and unmarked condition, the surfacebook has absolutely zero marks anywhere. The touch screen has never been used. 14 Months old, may have receipt, not sure will have to root around.

Selling to move to a Dell XPS 13 which are slightly smaller and suit my needs more.

Any trial before purchase welcome.

Cheers.

Price and currency: 1250
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT or PPG
Location: Hartlepool
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How Have the Seattle Seahawks Sold Out 127 Consecutive Games (and Counting)? A Relentless Focus on Customer Experience

Watch any NFL game and you’ll see player and coaches reviewing videos and images on light-blue Microsoft Surface tablets. But Microsoft’s involvement with the NFL goes much deeper than sideline branding.

Just ask the Seattle Seahawks, who use Microsoft technology on the field to improve player training, recover, and wellness, and off the field to innovate and execute for its rabid fan base — so well that the Seahawks have sold out 127 straight home games (and counting) and were ranked #1 in game day experience by the NFL’s ‘Voice of the Fan.’

To find out more about the Seahawk’s digital transformation, I talked with Amy Sprangers, VP of Corporate Sponsorship 

Any technologies you adopt have to serve multiple goals. You’re not just in the football business; you’re in the entertainment business, the hospitality business…

Our objective is to be on the frontline of embracing technology on the field, to identify the right investments to make sure our franchise succeeds. The detailed data we gather helps improve recovery time, reduces time off the field, maximizes our players’ impact when it comes to game time…

But you’re right. Off the field obviously matters, too. We want to connect closely with our fans to give them the best experience when they come to the stadium — and when they go to an opposing team’s stadium on the road. We constantly want to improve how we connect with fans. We’re proud we are ranked #1 in game day experience, but we want that experience to get even better.

So how do you turn all that data into actionable insights?

It starts with clearly defining your objectives. For us, that means making sure our fans have an incredible experience.

We have data to support that. We’ve sold out 127 consecutive home games. Over 99% of our season tickets holders renew. Our fans in this community and across the country are passionate about the Seahawks.

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That, as a front office, is our most cherished responsibility. Our goal is to be the best stewards we can be to our players, to our fan base, to our partners across the country… at every level our goal is to be a championship-caliber team.

Like any business, sports are obviously cyclical, but when you make customer experience a top priority, you can smooth out some of those cycles.

But you don’t just wake up one day and say, “Let’s use technology to help us build our business.”

That’s definitely been an evolution. It took time to reach a state of maturity to really capture insights from the rich set of data we have.

But, really, that’s the Microsoft partnership paying off. The various applications in Dynamics 365 (a suite of ERP and CRM applications) helped us evolve. That’s how we manage our ticket holder database. We capture information that comes from our fans to invest in the right areas of our building: Improve sound, food and beverage, safety and security of fans and guests… we can do that because we can analyze and make sense of all the data we receive.

It can be hard to sift through a massive data set and decide what to work on, so we keep it simple: We look for ways to make the most impact. If we hear that a fan can’t hear a call from a referee’s mic on the field, we look at ways to improve that. If we hear there is a certain section where food and beverage lines are longer, we work to improve that. We analyze points of purchase to help lines move more quickly so guests can get back to their seats.

Speaking of food and beverage, you brought that in-house. Why?

That’s a great example of listening to our fans. We know how important it is for fans to feel safe and secure… and to be served great food. So last march we decided to launch our own hospitality company, First and Goal Hospitality.

We wanted to control that. That’s all a part of constant renewal, of making investments to be sure we’re first in class.

It starts with data, but you have to act on your data. You can’t wait. 

Keep in mind that at CenturyLink Field we also have the Sounders (soccer), we host major concerts… next year Taylor Swift will perform here. Over 2.3 million people a year come to our facility. 

So we have to be proactive, because ultimately we’re in the experience business, and customer expectations constantly evolve.  

Speaking of being proactive…

What’s next for us? Continuing to explore ways to improve customer experience. Continuing to leverage insights. Expanding our use of mobile technologies.

Customization of data will help us moving forward. Whether it’s football, soccer, concerts… we’re pushing to provide a customized experienced for everyone who visits the building. 

From our perspective, if our fans aren’t constantly expecting us to deploy new things, better things… then we’re not doing our jobs.

Every business wants ‘raving fans.’ How has the Seahawks organization built such a devoted fan base?

For the Seahawks specifically, when fans come in the building, it’s all about ritual. You wear all your gear. You paint your face. You dye your hair.

More than that, though, our fans believe — with good reason — that they make an impact. We lead the league in opposing team false starts. Our defense will speak to the power of our fan base. Our fans are so loud they actually impact game play.

So we looked at how can we celebrate and honor our 12s. The 12 flag raising tradition came directly from feedback from fans; it’s one way to pay tribute to them. When our team takes the field, it’s a special moment.

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Our fan share ownership when they come into the building. That feeling is true and authentic, because it comes from the fans themselves.

We also have a fan council, a great representation of season ticket holders who meet to share positive and negative feedback, describe improvements they would like to see… that’s another great set of information that helps us improve our fan experience. Whether it’s sound improvement, concession improvement, more choices or grab-and-go locations where a fan can access healthy options and be in and out very quickly… 

We really feel like we have a great responsibility to our fans. It’s not lip service. They integral to everything we want to accomplish on the field, off the field, in the community… our fans aren’t “just” fans. They really are a part of the team.

Intelligent Communications takes the next step with calling in Teams

In September, we introduced a new vision for intelligent communications including plans to evolve Microsoft Teams into the primary client for calling and meetings in Office 365. As part of this, we are bringing comprehensive calling and meetings capabilities into Microsoft Teams, along with data and insights from the Microsoft Graph, and a strong roadmap of innovation to empower teams to achieve more.

  Easily view your calling historyToday we are releasing new calling capabilities in Teams, providing full featured dialing capabilities, complete with call history, hold/resume, speed dial, transfer, forwarding, caller ID masking, extension dialing, multi-call handling, simultaneous ringing, voicemail, and text telephone (TTY) support. You can expect this to roll out over the next few hours and should come soon to your tenant.

To add calling in Teams for your users, the first thing you need is Phone System (formerly Cloud PBX), which is included with Office 365 E5 and available as an add-on to other Office 365 plans. From there, you can subscribe to a Calling Plan (formerly known as PSTN Calling) for any number of users in your organization.

Together, a Calling Plan and Phone System in Office 365 create a phone system for your organization, giving each user a primary phone number and letting them make and receive phone calls to and from outside of your organization. This solution also allows your organization to shift away from expensive telephony hardware and simplifying by centralizing the management of your phone system.

With the addition of calling, Teams is an even more robust hub for teamwork — the single place for your content, contacts and communications including chat, meetings and calling in a modern, collaboration experience.

Getting started with calling in Teams
To get started with calling in Teams, please review our quick start guide. You can learn more about geographic availability of Calling Plans here.  We also invite you to join us live December 18, at 9 AM PDT on Teams On Air to hear guest Marc Pottier, Principal Program Manager discuss and demo calling plans in Microsoft Teams in more detail.

Microsoft Azure preview with Azure Availability Zones now open in France

The preview of Microsoft Azure in France is open today to all customers, partners and ISVs worldwide giving them the opportunity to deploy services and test workloads in these latest Azure regions. This is an important step towards offering the Azure cloud platform from our datacenters in France.

The new Azure Regions in France are part of our global portfolio of 42 regions announced, which offer the scale needed to bring applications closer to users and customers around the world. We continue to prioritize geographic expansion of Azure to enable higher performance and availability, meet local regulatory requirements, and support customer preferences regarding data location. The new regions will offer the same enterprise-grade reliability and performance as our globally available services combined with data residency to support the digital transformation of businesses and organizations in France.

The new France Central region offers Azure Availability Zones which provide comprehensive native business continuity solutions and the highest availability in the industry with a 99.99% virtual machines uptime SLA when generally available. Availability Zones are fault-isolated locations within an Azure region, providing redundant power, cooling, and networking for higher availability, increased resiliency and business continuity. Starting with preview, customers can architect highly available applications and increase their resiliency to datacenter level failures by deploying IaaS resources across Availability Zones in France Central. Availability Zones in France Central can be paired with the geographically separated France South region for regional disaster recovery while maintaining data residency requirements.

You can follow these links to sign up for the Azure Preview in France, learn more about the Microsoft Cloud in France, or learn more about Azure Availability Zones.

Year in review: ‘Digital civility’ takes hold, 2018 to bring increased focus – Microsoft on the Issues

2017 was another significant year in online safety at Microsoft. We launched our campaign for “digital civility,” held our first teen council summit and joined forces with others across the globe to promote safer and healthier online interactions among all people. In 2018, we hope digital civility takes even firmer root, as we expand our research and broaden the impact of our findings.

Topics like online hate speech, extremist content, the proliferation of child sexual abuse imagery, and bullying and harassment continued to dominate the headlines – and we took additional steps to protect customers, advance dialogues and collaborate across interested groups on each of these issues.

Jacqueline Beauchere of Microsoft shakes the hand of Pope Francis at the first World Congress: Child Dignity
Jacqueline Beauchere of Microsoft shakes the hand of Pope Francis at the first World Congress: Child Dignity

We joined the Anti-Defamation League’s new Anti-Cyberhate Technology Solutions Lab; we teamed with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to form the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, and we participated in the first World Congress on Child Dignity in the digital age, sponsored by the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University at the Vatican. We again took part in the International Bullying Prevention Association’s annual meeting with a new focus on research and algorithmic solutions to online abuse, and we helped to shape an upcoming global campaign to prevent bullying and to inspire courage and compassion in youth as they navigate the 21st century digital world.

Safer Internet Day launches Digital Civility Challenge

This list of online ills and potential pitfalls, among others, spurred us to create our campaign for digital civility: online interactions grounded in empathy, respect and kindness. We launched the campaign on Safer Internet Day 2017, including results of research in 14[1] countries about teens’ and adults’ exposure to 17 online risks. We compiled and announced our first international Digital Civility Index, as well as our Digital Civility Challenge that calls on people around the world to pledge on social media to adopt four basic tenets of online life:

  • Treat others as you would like to be treated
  • Respect differences
  • Pause before replying, and
  • Stand up for yourself and others.

Our hope all along was that a variety of internet stakeholders would value the concept of digital civility and be inspired to create their own projects, programs and initiatives grounded in the challenge principles – and we’re starting to see just that: more groups are referencing digital civility and the need for more respectful online interactions.

Council for Digital Good embraces digital civility

To reach young people on some of these ideas, we formed our inaugural Council for Digital Good made up of 15 teens from across the U.S.  Teen council members spent two days on our Redmond, Washington campus in August at our first council summit. On site, they produced individual written manifestos about acceptable online behavior, and followed with artistic and creative works to bring their written words to life. Here’s one artistic creation from Isabella, a 13-year-old from Washington state. Isabella’s painting was recommended to a competition by her school’s Parent-Teacher Association and could garner national attention. And, to think, it all started as a council project. (Note digital civility is front and center!)

Know the right thing, do the right thing

Looking ahead to 2018

Next year, again timed to Safer Internet Day, on Feb. 6, we’ll release even more research on digital civility. We polled teens and adults in the same 14 countries plus nine others[2], and we’re planning further engagements for our teen council, including another in-person event next summer – this time something more public so others can meet and interact with this impressive group of young people.

As we move into the new year, we realize our focus and work on these issues is still developing and is always evolving. We are making progress individually and collectively as we collaborate with others in industry and other sectors. Still, more stakeholders need to be involved, invested and committed to making internet experiences safer and healthier. A series of recommended smart practices for promoting digital civility was another component of our 2017 release that we hope to build on in 2018. Whether you’re a newer technology company, policymaker, educator, civil society leader or parent, there’s a role for you in making the web a more positive place.

We look forward to sharing more in February and throughout 2018. Until then, visit our website and resources page on the Microsoft YouthSpark Hub. For more regular news and information, “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Happy 2018, and remember there’s still time to take the Digital Civility Challenge!

[1] Countries surveyed: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

[2] Additional countries surveyed in the 2018 research are: Argentina, Colombia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Peru and Vietnam.

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For Sale – Surface Pro 4 i5 128GB

Surface Pro 4 i5 128GB

Owned since new, bought from Microsoft in Feb 2016 in the US. i5 version with 128GB SSD and 4GB RAM. As it was bought in the US I’ll include a small plug adapter. The screen is in excellent condition with one mark on it that I’ve just managed to capture with the right light in the final pic below and a few hairline marks that I can see if I put my nose right up the screen. The rear does have some marks though as shown.

No pen or type cover, just the Surface and charger. I’m selling as I’ve upgraded to the new Surface Pro.

£400 plus postage if not collecting.

Price and currency: £400
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BACS
Location: London NW4
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For Sale – Microsoft Surface Book – i7 – 16GB Ram – 1TB SSD – GFX Card – Accessories

Microsoft Surface Book.

13.5″ Screen (3000 x 2000)
Core i7 6600OU CPU.
16GB LPDDR3 ram.
1TB SSD drive.
Nvidia GeForce 940M.
USB 3.0.
Dual Band AC Wi-Fi.

Accessories:

Microsoft dock & all important ‘active’ mini display to HDMI cable.
Microsoft pen.
Microsoft pen tip pack.
Microsoft charger.
Bluetooth mouse.
Car charger.
Black leather case.

Very light use and everything is in spotless and unmarked condition, the surfacebook has absolutely zero marks anywhere. The touch screen has never been used. 14 Months old, may have receipt, not sure will have to root around.

Selling to move to a Dell XPS 13 which are slightly smaller and suit my needs more.

Any trial before purchase welcome.

Cheers.

Price and currency: 1250
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT or PPG
Location: Hartlepool
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Microsoft Surface Book – i7 – 16GB Ram – 1TB SSD – GFX Card – Accessories

Microsoft Surface Book.

13.5″ Screen (3000 x 2000)
Core i7 6600OU CPU.
16GB LPDDR3 ram.
1TB SSD drive.
Nvidia GeForce 940M.
USB 3.0.
Dual Band AC Wi-Fi.

Accessories:

Microsoft dock & all important ‘active’ mini display to HDMI cable.
Microsoft pen.
Microsoft pen tip pack.
Microsoft charger.
Bluetooth mouse.
Car charger.
Black leather case.

Very light use and everything is in spotless and unmarked condition, the surfacebook has absolutely zero marks anywhere. The touch screen has never been used. 14 Months old, may have receipt, not sure will have to root around.

Selling to move to a Dell XPS 13 which are slightly smaller and suit my needs more.

Any trial before purchase welcome.

Cheers.

Price and currency: 1250
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT or PPG
Location: Hartlepool
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Emergency Microsoft patch out for Malware Protection Engine

Just four days before the final Patch Tuesday of 2017, an emergency Microsoft patch was pushed out for a critical anti-malware flaw.

The vulnerability in the Windows Malware Protection Engine (CVE-2017-11937) was first discovered by the UK National Cyber Security Centre and can affect systems running Windows 7, 8.1, 10 and Server 2016. A similar flaw was found in June by Tavis Ormandy, security researcher for Google’s Project Zero.

According to the security advisory, the emergency Microsoft patch addresses a critical remote code execution vulnerability that can be exploited if a malicious actor can get the Malware Protection Engine to scan a specially crafted file.

Microsoft noted this could happen automatically if the malicious file is delivered to a system with real-time scanning turned on, and could allow an attacker to “execute arbitrary code in the security context of the LocalSystem account and take control of the system … then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.”

However, the emergency Microsoft patch should be automatically installed “within 48 hours of release,” according to the advisory.

Michael Patterson, CEO of Plixer International Inc., a network traffic analysis company based in Kennebunk, Maine, said that “although most consumers already have the necessary patch, this is no time to become overly confident in existing security defensive measures.”

“Malware will make it into every organization connected to the internet. This means all companies need to prepare for the inevitable breach,” Patterson told SearchSecurity. “When this happens, incident response systems need to have been rehearsed and the data necessary for network traffic analytics needs to have been collected. An archive of logs and flows is a critical source of forensic data when odd traffic patterns need to be investigated.” 

Anti-malware software is one of the most critical pieces of software on a modern desktop and also one of the most valuable targets for an attacker.
Tyler Regulymanager of the Vulnerability and Exposure Research Team, Tripwire

Tyler Reguly, manager of the Vulnerability and Exposure Research Team at Tripwire, said it was nice to see the emergency Microsoft patch released so quickly but said Microsoft also appears to be deprioritizing customer communication with these security releases.

“Anti-malware software is one of the most critical pieces of software on a modern desktop and also one of the most valuable targets for an attacker, especially products that have automated scanning of new files enabled. Most vendors will be plagued with issues like this from time to time and it shouldn’t scare people away from using the product but, rather, they should feel hopeful that Microsoft released the [out-of-band patch] to ensure quicker protection for their customer,” Reguly told SearchSecurity. However, Reguly added, “the update has been available for nearly 48 hours, but the security guidance page still does not have links to an advisory, bulletin, or KB article. The details have been published, but they are not available via the link that Microsoft provided in their own notification email, you need to know the format of their URLs to build it yourself.”