Cloud App Security and Office 365 Advanced Security Management are very comparable Microsoft products, and many of our clients are confused over the difference between them. Both were acquired by Microsoft through the acquisition of Adallom and give users the capability to create security policies and receive alerts when those policies are breeched. In addition, each of the products give users the ability to set manual or automation remediation. Focused on Office 365, Advanced Security Management (ASM) does that work automatically.
In contrast, Cloud App Security covers a wide range of SaaS-based applications - including competitor’s services like Box, Salesforce, and Amazon Web Services. Cloud App Security also adds more functionality including its own data loss prevention, ability to automatically add new applications, and integration with Security Information Event Management (SIEM) products.
The below chart provides additional details on when each product includes:
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Microsoft has recently made a significant change to the way they are handling SharePoint Sandbox Solutions in Office 365. This may have a major impact or your organization as these changes roll out across tenants.
Now, I’m skeptical of the statement that all Sandbox Solutions with code will be disabled in 30 days, as this will unlikely cause catastrophic consequences for some folks, but I don’t have any further information at this time.
What do disabled SharePoint Sandbox Solutions mean to me?
There are a few implications here. If you have any code-based Sandbox Solutions running in your environment in Office 365 you may start to see broken web-parts, pages, event receivers, or broken other functionality/errors in the next month or so. The implications could be as small as a missing web part on a page to a broken site collection. It really depends on what code has been deployed to your tenant.
In addition, if you’ve previously created any Site Templates that were created from sites that had activated code-based Sandbox Solutions, you will NOT be able to create sites from these templates after the solution has been disabled.
How can I tell if I have any SharePoint Sandbox Solutions?
You can go to your Solutions Gallery to see if you have any Sandbox Solutions deployed. You can get to the Solutions Gallery by going to the Site Settings of your Site Collection, then clicking on the “Solutions” link under the “Web Designer Galleries” section.
Please note, this is also where things like Site Templates are stored, so don’t freak out of you see some solutions deployed and don’t know what they are. Hopefully they were named well as there are little details displayed from the Solutions Gallery itself.
Yet, it is a little surprising they would make sure a hard cut off of 30 days though. If I can get some confirmation I’ll be sure to update the post.
What do I do if this affects my company?
Excellent question. First of all, if you have any Site Templates that utilize code-based Sandbox Solutions, re-create those Site Templates with your code-based Sandbox Solutions disabled. I would do this immediately - if not sooner. Once a solution has been deactivated there is no way to create a site with a Site Template dependent on that feature.
Secondly, if you have any code-based Sandbox Solutions, evaluate their functionality and determine what will stop working. Some of the functionality (visual web parts) can be recreated with scripting, while other functionality (event receivers) may cause you a lot more heartburn to replicate without a Sandbox Solution.
You can also reach out to us at Interlink and we could help point you in the right direction for what to do in your particular scenario. It is important you do SOMETHING though. Interlink can assess your current environment, help point out possible pain points, and guide you through the re-creation of code-based Sandbox Solutions into a supported format.
Should I panic?
Hopefully, no, but honestly, if code-based Sandbox Solutions are forcibly disabled in 30 days you should be concerned if there is any chance you have them in your environment.
Companies want to continue to use the most advanced technology to enable their employees to achieve more, but all of these new and different products have resulted in a licensing headache. We hear constantly that attempting to navigate around Microsoft licensing can be challenging and frustrating. Microsoft created the Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS) a few years ago in an attempt to simplify this process. It was a single licensing option that included E3, the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite and Windows Desktop upgrade. Building upon this initial base Microsoft is now continuing to simplify this process with the introduction of the Secure Productive Enterprise. This will be bringing together Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise upgrade, and the Enterprise Mobility + Security suite into a single licensing offering called the Secure Productive Enterprise. This will be replacing the Enterprise Cloud Suite and Microsoft will be introducing even more options by also offering an Office 365 E5 option in the bundle.
Moving forward Microsoft will be standardizing packaging offers across Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite by offering two tiers of the Secure Productive Enterprise: E3 and E5. This is what it will look like:
Microsoft will continue to evolve the Windows E5 edition by adding more functionality. The first difference is the introduction of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection for end point breach detection.
Interlink can help guide you through your options and help figure out what works for your users. We can help profile your users - remember that you don’t have to license everyone with the same license bundle in the cloud.
The new Advanced eDiscovery tool from Microsoft is groundbreaking while it uses machine learning to find the most valuable data quickly and without the use of expensive outside legal assistance.
eDiscovery, short for electronic discovery, is the process of finding, gathering and generating electronically stored information (ESI) in response to a civil litigation that is carried out in electronic formats. It includes , but is not limited to, emails, instant messaging, documents, presentations, CAD/CAM files, databases, voicemail, audio and video files, social media, and web sites, and any other electronic information that could be significant evidence in a lawsuit. It can be an expensive, time consuming process, but Microsoft has created a solution that allows you to quickly and efficiently investigate and meet legal obligations with Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery.
Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery utilizes Equivio machine learning, predictive coding, and text analytics to analyze large, unstructured data sets and focus the data that's most relevant to a legal case. Utilizing these tools, Advanced eDiscovery sorts through thousands of messages, emails, and documents to find relevant files. The application also eliminates duplicate files, reconstructs email threads, and identify themes and data relationships that are the most relevant to your case. This reduces many of the legal and compliance challenges companies face when trying to manage large quantities of electronic data.
With predictive coding in Advanced eDiscovery you can "train" the system to automatically determine if a data element is relevant or not by making decisions on a small set of the data. The system then looks to see what decision you made and applies that logic towards making decisions on relevancy for the larger data set. With that logic in place, it will also look to create a relevance ranking so that you can see what documents will most likely be the most relevant to your particular case.
When you have teams constantly working on documents and sending them back and forth, odds are you will have multiple versions of the same document across your platform. Typically, you'd have to take one of your current employees off of their usual tasks or hire outside legal teams to review each of these documents and those costs can quickly add up. Even if the resources are there to support individual sorting, you could have different employees looking at different versions of the same document, which is a huge waste of valuable time! With near-duplicate detection you can have resource review a group of similarly structured documents, eliminating the manpower, time, and money normally needed.
We all know the feeling of receiving an email in our inbox that is at least five emails long with the same information from every reply, creating an incredibly long thread. Within advanced eDiscovery, the system looks to identify the unique messages from the email thread, eliminates duplicate messages, which allows you to focus on unique messages instead of the same ones over and over again.
Export for Review
When you export your case data with Advanced eDiscovery from Office 365, it includes a CSV file that contains all your document properties from the exported data along with the analytics metadata. After exporting, you can load the CSV file into the eDiscovery review application and maintain the analytics information. The export can then be imported to create searches in the eDiscovery review application.
How does this differ from E3?
The Office 365 E3 plans include the ability to do eDiscovery across a customer’s 365 information. The eDiscovery tool also has the ability to define searches based on a number of criteria including from, to, date
range, subject line, etc. However, it lacks a way to score, filter, or remove duplicates from the search like the Advanced eDiscovery tool.
Get Started with Advanced eDiscovery Today
Microsoft’s Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery, which is a part of the new Office 365 E5 plan and is available for purchase as add-on services to all Office 365 Enterprise plans. Advanced eDiscovery can be added for individual users and does not need to be purchased for every mailbox being searched.
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Office 365 Planner is now being rolled out to all eligible users in Office 365! Planner makes working together a lot more organized and fun. It helps users organize and structure their teamwork. Teams can create new plans, organize and assign tasks, set due dates and update status in just a few easy clicks. With Planner, users can attach files and have conversations around tasks. Planner’s visual dashboards and email notifications keep everyone informed on the overall progress of their initiative.
Get started quickly
Work together without chaos
Always stay informed
Pain Point #1 – Coordinating Tasks:
Today, the majority of information workers coordinate their team activities and team tasks using sub-optimal tools and methods such as email, post-it notes, Office Apps like Excel and PowerPoint, or by memory!
Microsoft Planner is simple and easy to use.
Engaging User Interface helps users create a plan, build a team, and assign tasks and set due dates in just a few simple clicks
Users can find benefit the very first time using it
Pain Point #2 - Communicating:
To get work done, team members share files, communicate back and forth via emails, engage in IM conversations, etc. As the number of tasks continue to grow, teamwork becomes harder to organize. Key insights and conversations related to tasks get locked away in disjointed apps, email attachments, etc.
Microsoft Planner is transparent and allows team members to work together without switching apps
Everyone has a clear sight into who is working on what
Users can attach files to tasks in a couple of clicks and start editing them together
Team members can initiate a group conversation thread right from the task
Pain Point #3– Big Picture View:
As the number of tasks and size of the team starts to grow, team members lose track of the big picture.
Microsoft Planner is mobile and provides insights
With Planner ‘Charts’, everyone knows where things are at all times
Email notifications alert team members when things change, new tasks are assigned to them, or they get pulled into conversation
Q. Which Office 365 plans are eligible for Planner?
A. Planner is included in the Office 365 Enterprise E1–E5 subscription plans (including corresponding Government and Non-Profit), Office 365 Business Essentials and Premium plans, and Office 365 Education.
Q. Is Planner available for customers on premise?
A. Microsoft Planner is an Office 365 cloud only solution and not available for customers on premises.
Q. Can Planner be purchased stand-alone?
A. Microsoft Planner is only be available through Office 365 Subscriptions, and cannot be purchased stand-alone.
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