AzUpdate: Email-based passcodes, Azure Security Centre Lab, Office 365 attack simulation and more

Published Jan 15 2021 12:01 AM 4,011 Views

The team is back for our second season of AzUpdate. News to be covered this week includes: Public IP SKU Upgrade Support, Microsoft announces GA of email-based one-time passcode (email OTP) feature for collaboration, Azure Security Centre Lab availability, Attack simulation training in Microsoft Defender for Office 365 now Generally Available and as always, our Microsoft Learn Module of the Week.



Public IP SKU Upgrade Support

Azure public IP addresses now support the ability to be upgraded from Basic to Standard SKU. Additionally, any Basic Public Load Balancer can now be upgraded to a Standard Public Load Balancer, while retaining the same public IP address. This is supported via PowerShell, CLI, templates, and API and available across all Azure regions.

Learn more about the process to upgrade Azure public IPs here. Learn about how to upgrade Azure Public Load Balancers here.

Microsoft announces GA of email-based one-time passcode (email OTP) feature for collaboration



It can be painful for IT managers to keep track of guest user accounts, and for end users to remember multiple usernames and passwords. To address this, Microsoft is continually improving the Azure AD External Identities solution with more support for bring-your-own-identity (BYOI) options with the general availability of email-based one-time passcode (email OTP) feature for collaboration.


Email OTP allows org members to collaborate with anyone in the world via a shared link or an email invitation. Once users prove their identity by using a verification code sent to their email, each authenticated session is provided access to the shared resource for 24 hours. On subsequent sign ins, users receive a new one-time code via email, which they must enter to prove continued ownership of the email account and continue receiving access.


Check out the following documentation to get started with email OTP.


Azure Security Centre Lab availability



Microsoft's security center labs project can help organizations get ramped up with Azure Security Center by providing hands-on practical experience for product features, capabilities, and scenarios. The labs contain cover several different pillars such as Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) and Cloud Workload Protection (CWP). An Azure Trial Subscription is required to start using the labs providing you all capabilities for thirty days.


Visit the Azure Security Center Lab repo to get started.


Attack simulation training in Microsoft Defender for Office 365 now Generally Available

Delivered in partnership with Terranova Security, Attack simulation training is an intelligent social engineering risk management tool that automates the creation and management of phishing simulations to help customers detect, prioritize, and remediate phishing risks by using real phish and hyper-targeted training to change employee behaviors.
Go to the Attack simulation training in your M365 Security and Compliance Center to get started today.


Community Events

  • Patch and Switch - Rick Claus and Joey Snow are back for thier first show in 2021.
  • All Around Azure - A Beginners Guide to IoT - Focus on topics ranging from IoT device connectivity, IoT data communication strategies, use of artificial intelligence at the edge, data processing considerations for IoT data, and IoT solutioning based on the Azure IoT reference architecture
  • ITOps Talks: All Things Hybrid - The team is putting together a new type of event that allows you to watch sessions on your time.  Focusing on "All Things Hybrid" the event, the sessions will focus on hybrid based cloud strategies and resources at a 300 level.

MS Learn Module of the Week


Learn how Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection can help your organization stay secure.

Protect against threats with Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection

Microsoft Threat Protection (MTP) is an integrated, cross-domain threat detection and response solution. It provides organizations with the ability to prevent, detect, investigate. and remediate sophisticated cross-domain attacks within their Microsoft 365 environments. The Microsoft Threat Protection learning path covers an introduction to Microsoft Threat Protection and the underlying pillars such as Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection, Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, and Azure Advanced Threat Protection concepts.

This learning path can be completed here: Defend against threats with Microsoft Threat Protection


Let us know in the comments below if there are any news items you would like to see covered in the next show. Be sure to catch the next AzUpdate episode and join us in the live chat.

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