A podcast about best practice, guidance, news and cutting edge Microsoft cloud technologies. Interviews with passionate people in the cloud space, hosted by MVPs Nicolas Blank (twitter.com/nicolasblank), Warren du Toit (twitter.com/warrendt) and Chris Goosen (twitter.com/chrisgoosen)
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Episode 47: "Never trust, always verify"
Zero Trust is a term that is thrown around a lot these days and seems to mean many different things to different folks. At its core, Zero Trust is a philosophy or security concept whereby no one is trusted by default on the network, and verification is always required from everyone attempting to access any resources. In this episode we sit down with Ashwin Pal to better understand Zero Trust, why it can be complex to adopt and how to get started on your journey.
Ashwin Pal is the Director of Cyber Security for APAC at Unisys and has over 20 years' experience in the cyber security industry. Ashwin is currently responsible for running the security business within the APAC region for Unisys. The focus of his role is the management of the service line and delivery capabilities across all lines of Cyber Security Services. This role is the CISO level representative and has responsibility for CISO advisory for key clients, leading sales engagements to C level executives within the region, providing project based quality assurance, providing input into new product development, client, P&L and staff management. Feel free to connect with Ashwin on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashwin-pal-a1769a5/
You can download Ashwin's Zero Trust - Demystified white paper here: https://thearchitects.cloud/downloads/BR_200380_ZeroTrustDemystified_V1.pdf
A transcript of this episode can be viewed here: https://gist.github.com/TheCloudArch/c8bec6db1d47fc5ea45b725e818f5372
Episode 46: Teams and PowerShell with Lee Ford
Microsoft Teams has seen some incredible growth in recent months as many organizations worldwide adjust to a new normal that involves a remote, work from home workforce. In late April, Microsoft announced that it had seen a 70% increase in Teams usage, increasing to more than 75 million daily active users and seeing 200 million meeting participants in a single day for the first time. In this episode, we talk to MVP Lee Ford about his experience working with Teams, adoption of Teams features such as direct routing and some really handy PowerShell scripts he's written.
Lee Ford is a Microsoft MVP (Office Development) and Solution Architect for Symity and is based in Birmingham, UK. Lee works predominantly with Microsoft Teams but also dabbles in other technologies such as Azure, PowerShell, Power Platform, and Microsoft 365. Follow Lee on Twitter (https://twitter.com/lee_ford) and be sure to check out his blog at www.lee-ford.co.uk
A transcript of this episode can be viewed here https://gist.github.com/TheCloudArch/44e51ecc190a8569e0c95e7406d4d316
Ignite 2020 Special Edition
It's almost time for Microsoft Ignite 2020, but this year things are going to be a little different. In this special episode, Anna Chu (a.k.a The Community Khaleesi) gives us some inside info about what to expect this year and how you can get involved! If you're interested in being part of Ignite this year, the Microsoft Ignite Call for Moderators. (https://t.co/AQQQuTAOKl) is now open and closes on August, 24.
Anna Chu is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft responsible for working across the Microsoft Tech Community and MVP communities to engage with the IT Pro audience. This involves driving partnerships between engineering and marketing that influence product roadmaps and leading community strategy to enable best practice sharing between customers - in turn facilitating a natural feedback loop between the people who build Microsoft Office products and services and the people who implement them. You can follow Anna on Twitter (https://twitter.com/_achu)
Episode 45: Microsoft 365 Security For IT Pros
There is no denying that the rate of change in the Microsoft Cloud in astounding. Microsoft continues to innovate and improve very rapidly with new features often being deployed weekly. Security and Compliance is understandably a huge area of focus and it can be a challenge to stay up to date with all the continuous change - this challenge requires an innovative solution. We're excited to talk to our old friend and fellow MVP Michael Van Horenbeeck about his new book project 'Microsoft 365 Security for IT Pros' - a book all about Microsoft 365 Security with a monthly update cadence.
Michael Van Horenbeeck specializes in a variety of products and services from the Microsoft 365 product stack, more specifically within Enterprise Mobility + Security, Azure Active Directory, Office 365, etc. He is one of the handful experts in the world to hold both the Microsoft Certified Solutions Masters for Messaging certification and the Office Apps & Services MVP award at the same time. Over the last 18 years, he has worked with various technologies and solutions from different vendors, mainly focusing in the area of Security, Messaging, Collaboration and Intelligent Communications. He works with customers around the globe, helping them to design, implement, migrate, consolidate and secure various solutions and services based on Microsoft's M365 offerings. You can also find him speaking at several international conferences such as Microsoft Ignite, TechSummits, Mobile Workplace Conference. Follow Michael on Twitter https://twitter.com/vanhybrid
Check out Microsoft 365 Security For IT Pros at https://m365securitybook.com
A transcript of [this episode can be viewed here: https://gist.github.com/TheCloudArch/8c0ab26b4ab7dc9ce192987744193758
Episode 44: "Security is a business enabler and a risk reducer.."
We're Back! Yes! it's been a little while since we last recorded an episode. Needless to say, the COVID-19 situation globally upset our planned travel and recording schedule just a little. We hope you and yours are keeping safe and well during these crazy times.
In this episode we delve into Cybersecurity, something that has been very topical for many organizations as they have been forced to operate remotely during COVID-19. Our guest, Francisco Donoso helps unpack and explain some common security concepts and shares the top three things you can do to help your organization be safer in today's cyber world.
Francisco Donoso is the Director of Global Security Strategy at Kudelski Security, a global pure-play security services provider. His passion and hobby is researching and understanding Nation-State hacking or “APT” capabilities and tools. He has been on the forefront of research into the Equation Group’s post-exploitation tools and capabilities since their release by the Shadow Brokers and has spoken about this research at Derbycon, Thotcon, Microsoft Bluehat, and other conferences. You can connect with Fran on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Francisckrs)
A transcript of this episode can be viewed here: https://gist.github.com/TheCloudArch/d88bff2c63e0547c7a23f49d7d7c5402
Episode 43: "Skype is an apple, but Teams is a fruit salad.."
There is no denying the ever-increasing popularity of Microsoft Teams. Microsoft recently reported an unprecedented spike in Teams usage due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, with usage rising to more than 44 million daily users - showing an increase of 12 million users over the course of just seven days. When I sat down with fellow MVPs Paul Bloem and Andrew Morpeth in Auckland, New Zealand last month, we would never have predicted the current work from home situation that most of us find ourselves in at the moment. We did however talk about their favorite new Teams features, social contracts, Teams modes and of course the adoption of various features and functionality in Teams.
Paul Bloem is a Collaboration Principal Consultant, Microsoft MVP, Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams enthusiast with almost 30 years experience in numerous disciplines of Enterprise voice solutions. You can connect with Paul on Twitter (https://twitter.com/PaulB_NZ) or at ucsorted.com
Andrew Morpeth is passionately devoted to providing customers the best advice on Microsoft centric modern communication & collaboration solutions, and to help drive productivity through user adoption and process automation. With 10+ years as a Unified Communications Consultant specializing in Lync, Skype for Business and now Microsoft Teams, Andrew provides deep insight into what solutions are best for any given customer. You can connect with Andrew on Twitter(https://twitter.com/AndrewMorpeth) or at ucgeek.co