Microsoft Defender ATP’s diary: From a SecAdmin’s Perspective

This blog post is an introduction of a series of blogs to cover the game changing risk-based approach Microsoft Defender ATP offers to the discovery, prioritization, and remediation of endpoint vulnerabilities and misconfigurations.

As mentioned in “The evolution of Microsoft Threat Protection” by Debraj Ghosh, PM of Microsoft Threat Protection, security comes
in general with two responsibilities: 1) Security Operations (SecOps) and 2) Security Administrations (SecAdmins).

SecOps act by incident response via a centralized alert view and powerful hunting capabilities enabling ad-hoc investigations.

SecAdmins will gain the visibility, control, and guidance necessary to understand and act on the threats currently impacting their organization, as well as information on past and future threats.

In this series of blogs I will focus exclusively on the responsibility of a SecAdmin and all aspects that Microsoft Defender ATP has to offer in regards. Therefore we kick off this serie starting with Configuration Management and Threat & Vulnerability Management.

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Better together…TechEd & MMS! #SysCtr

MMSTechEd

Today Brad Anderson announced from now on that MMS will be merged with TechEd event. How come?

The objective is simple:  Provide attendees a better opportunity for knowledge gathering and technical growth. By drawing together a larger community to this combined event, every attendee will have a dramatically wider range of experts and luminaries (both from the industry and within Microsoft) to learn from and engage.

TechEd 2014 will be your single best source for the latest news, trends, resources and deep technical education. Also, the System Center team is already preparing to teach the deep 300- and 400-level content you’ve come to expect at MMS. There will also be expanded Early Bird pricing options, dedicated Management Meet & Geek opportunities, dedicated Management Instructor-Led Labs and Hands-on Labs, structured and unstructured networking opportunities tuned to the Management community and broader communities, and other unique MMS experiences.

This is a big transition, and I understand and respect the concerns that accompany this type of strategic move. The content and operational experts behind both events are already working together to ensure that this new event surpasses what you’ve come to expect from TechEd while delivering everything you require from MMS.

Read the complete blog post of Brad Anderson here. The new format of TechEd NA 2014 take place at May 12-15, 2014 in Houston, Texas.

Comprehensive Resource for Licensing and Pricing

Windows Server, System Center, and Forefront Licensing Guide

The Windows Server, System Center, and Forefront Pricing and Licensing Guide is a comprehensive and detailed source of licensing information for the abovementioned brands. Download and print the Guide for specific product level pricing and licensing information.

This guide provides licensing information for the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system and Microsoft System Center datacenter solutions. It includes updated licensing information and scenarios for:

  • The Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 operating system.
  • System Center solutions, which IT administrators can use to manage physical and virtual IT environments across datacenters, client computers, and devices.
  • The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Suites, solutions that organizations can use to allow users to access desktops running in the datacenter.
  • The Enrollment for Core Infrastructure, a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) program that enables enterprise customers to purchase core infrastructure suite products under one enrollment for a three-year term at a reduced price.

The guide can be downloaded here

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/buy/pricing-licensing.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/licensing-options/enrollments.aspx#tab=1

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/default.aspx

Thanks to Richard Hicks which pointed me to this useful guide.