Compliance with GDPR in Exchange requires extra effort

Regulation covers and what they can do with their messaging platform to maintain compliance.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) protects the personal information of people living in European Union (EU) countries by setting rules on how that data can be collected, used and stored. Compliance with GDPR affects IT professionals who work in organizations with an EU footprint no matter where they are based. For example, if a U.S. company falls victim to a data breach that leaks the personal data of EU citizens, then that company could be penalized heavily as a result.

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Thinking About Exchange 2019?

In October of last year Microsoft released a new version of on-premises Exchange server. Here at the ENow's Solution Engine blog, we realized we had a lot we could cover. Normally I focus mostly on writing about Office 365 and Azure features and updates, but I think there is still room in the blog-o-sphere for a post about on-premises software too.

Since Exchange 2019 came out almost 3 months ago, I don’t see a lot of point in doing another blog post that lists “What’s New in 2019.” I’m going to try a slightly different approach here and assume that you’ve had a chance to review the new features in Exchange 2019. If not, there are plenty of places to find that information already.

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Exchange Online - Recap of 2018 Updates

As we come to the end of 2018, or the beginning of 2019 depending on when you’re reading this, it seems like a good time to look at how Exchange Online has changed over the last year. It wouldn’t be too hard for an email administrator these days to think of Exchange Online as a static service. If you are not actively paying attention to the updates in the service, you may have missed some of the changes that have rolled out recently. I thought this would be a good time to take a quick look back at some of the more important changes that have come into Exchange Online.

In this blog post, I’ll give a quick overview of three new features for Exchange Online. I’m not going to go into a full implementation guide for any of these features, but I will link to the appropriate documentation for each of these new features.

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Deploying Windows Hello for Office 365 or Hello World for Office 365

Having grown up with personal computers in the 70s and 80s my introduction to computer science was a simple two-line program.

10 PRINT "Hello, World!"
20 END

I’m sure that most of those who read this blog post will have started their career in a similar manor. Our next step was often to modify this program to repeat “Hell, World!” infinitely, then modify it again to repeat that message a finite number of times.

Microsoft has evoked this heritage with the service it calls “Windows Hello” and the related (but much more clumsily named) “Windows Hello for Business.” These services are a new way to authenticate to your computer, your Active Directory, your Office 365, and your Azure resources. The Hello services are one of the foundational pieces in Microsoft’s strategy to move us away from an authentication model that is dependent on usernames and passwords. In this blog post I’m going to explain what the Hello services do, and what you’ll need to deploy them in your organization.

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Conditional Access in the Field - Part 2

In part 1, I talked about some of the basics for Conditional Access. In this blog post, I’ll walk through the technical settings to get it working for an example user I’ll call “John Tester”.

Configuring Conditional Access for “John Tester”

For the purposes of this blog post, John is an end-user who works both in and out of the Office. We’ll say John is on your sales team, and he needs to be able to access Office 365 resources from the road as well as from the office.

For this example, we’ll say that your security team has decided that users logging into Office 365 resources outside of the corporate network need to setup and use Multi-Factor Authentication, but that they don’t need to be bothered with the extra authentication steps of MFA when they are in the office.

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