Security threats increase in volume and sophistication every day. And regardless of your organization’s size or the industry you’re in, Azure Security Center threat detection capabilities, alerts, and recommended fixes can give you the tangible data you need to help protect your cloud resources. Plus, you can monitor your on-premises, hybrid, or cloud environment—Azure, Amazon, or any other public cloud—to get a more complete picture.
In Hybrid Cloud Workload Protection with Azure Security Center, a new course now available on Microsoft Virtual Academy, Yuri Diogenes and Ty Balascio offer an overview of Azure Security Center, including requirements, planning, onboarding, and troubleshooting. Ty and Yuri work with real-world data and share their experience in the industry to show how the threat landscape differs for a cloud or hybrid versus on-premises. And they explore threat detection and response in a lab environment so they can talk you through it.
Check out this detailed demo of using the investigation dashboard to drill down on an incident. You’ll see how to correlate multiple entities that are part of the same attack so you can understand how an attack moves against each host in a system. You’ll learn how to use that information to continue your investigation and pursue closure of your incident response.
A quick overview of options for using the Microsoft cloud for disaster recovery. In the video below, John Savill provides a quick overview of all the options for using the Microsoft cloud for disaster recovery.
Azure DevTest Labs is a new service for Microsoft Azure
Azure DevTest Labs is a new service for Microsoft Azure allowing you to quickly create environments in Azure, while minimizing waste and controlling costs.
Recently, Claude Remillard (Group Program Manager for Microsoft) showcased the new features of Microsoft Azure DevTest Labs. In short AzureDevTest Labs is a Microsoft Azure service that lets you quickly create environments in Azure while minimizing waste and controlling costs.
The video hosted by Claude Remillard teaches you what problems DevTest Labs can solve, what scenarios and values it targets, and how its exciting new features can help make your life better, as well as your work in your Dev/Test environments.
Watch: What’s new in Microsoft Azure Dev Test Labs
Building up to the release of System Center 2016 we wrote multiplearticles and provided you with a few webcasts (here & here) to help you prepare your transition from System Center 2012 to System Center 2016 and how to design your environment according to best practises. You probably have taken your time to evaluate and plan your next steps for this purpose or maybe you’re not there yet. We at OpsLogix like to provide the System Center community with top shelf Management Packs & OMS solutions (here & here) and additional information in order to help you find your way through the maze.
That’s why we went and found some fascinating keynote speeches you can (re)watch and maybe rethink or better plan your strategy for System Center 2016. So here’s a nice recap!
1. Meet Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016!
In this demo-heavy presentation for the unveiling of the brand new Windows Server 2016 and Microsoft System Center 2016, Mike Neil & Erin Chapple walk you through how the business transformation in the cloud-first world – Windows Server and System Center have evolved. To accelerate value and stay ahead of the competition, you need infrastructure that unleashes application innovation and you need your IT to meet increasingly demanding business requirements. Learn about Windows Servers enhanced security capabilities, software-defined data center technologies and application features to build cloud-native applications, and how System Center 2016 streamlines management across your datacenter.
2. Monitor your changing data center using Microsoft System Center 2016 Operations Manager
Rapid innovation in the data center requires an agile approach to management. With System Center 2016 Operations Manager, you can take advantage of all the rich features coming in Windows Server 2016, including Nano Server, new networking capabilities, Storage Spaces Direct, Windows Server Containers, and much more. Operations Manager also offers an improved monitoring experience, with enhanced lifecycle management for management packs, data-driven alert management, and improvements in fundamentals like scale, performance, UI responsiveness, extensibility, and heterogeneity. Hear about the new features and learn how integration between Operations Manager and Operations Management Suite offers insight and analytics across your hybrid cloud.
3. Monitor and diagnose web apps & services with Application Insights & System Center 2016 Operations Manager
Learn how monitoring solutions from Microsoft come together to helps you manage, identify, understand, and resolve problems in your web apps & services, irrespective of the platform. With Application Insights rich open-source SDKs, machine learning analysis, big-data querying, and topology discovery, you can fix issues in your apps even before they occur. Microsoft System Center 2016 Operations Manager helps you collect, analyze, and search millions of records across all your workloads and servers no matter where they are. You can diagnose problems right from within your development environment and incorporate monitoring in your existing ALM workflows.
4. Take advantage of new capabilities in System Center 2016
Microsoft System Center 2016 keeps you in control of your IT operations, giving you enterprise-grade management across Microsoft Windows Server and Linux. With substantial new capabilities to help you manage and monitor your data center and workloads, System Center 2016 offers you the opportunity to simplify management and increase agility. Learn about the provisioning, configuration, automation, monitoring, protection, self-service and virtualization management capabilities in the latest version of System Center. Find out more about how System Center and Microsoft Operations Management Suite work together to give you the management and security tools for the hybrid cloud.
5. Manage your software-defined data center using System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager
To make your software-defined data center strategy a reality, you need the right management tools. Get hands-on with the latest version of Microsoft System Center, and find out how to increase efficiency and simplify the process in running your software-defined data center. Microsoft System Center 2016Virtual Machine Manager was designed to make it easier to provision and manage the fundamental building blocks of your software-defined data center, including compute, storage, networks, and security. Learn about the central new features in this session filled with demos.
It’s well known that cloud computing is the future of enterprise Information Technology. This is also the case for data traffic in the cloud, which keeps growing. According to Forbes, within the next few years, 92% of workloads will be processed by cloud data centers. A study conducted by RightScale shows that 88% of enterprise organizations currently are using public cloud solutions and 63% are already using private cloud-solutions. However, many companies are still unsure on how to fully adopt cloud computing.
Cloud computing, a major shift in business
Shifting an IT environment to cloud computing is a huge deal, therefore it’s not a big surprise that enterprises are reluctant to switch within a short time frame. With that said, how does an IT and business leader avoid risk involved and ensure a secure and reliable transition to cloud computing?
Avoid being overcharged
When you transition from on-premises data centers to cloud computing, you’ll be able to experience major cost benefits. However, and yes there is a ‘however’, decision makers need to be familiar with cloud technology and stay on top of cloud usage, spikes, and other changes. It also happens to be the case that the era of cloud price discounts is coming to an end.
With cloud computing, security should be a priority
Traditionally cloud computing has been more secure than on-premises computing. However, it does not mean that cloud computing is immune to hackers, other security breaches or employees that don’t know what they are doing.
Because of many incidents, companies are tightening up their security measures and are reconsidering or even prolonging their cloud computing transition plans.
Security risks can be prevented if IT and business leaders put the correct controls in place and implement the necessary due diligence:
train your employees from the bottom up on secure cloud computing behavior and;
Cloud computing goes much further than restarting a computer, using personal devices and learning to work with software that’s necessary for employees to do their jobs. Around 43% of data leakages according to a recent Intel Security Study is caused by internal employees. The main causes for the data leakages are a lack of basic training or human error.
On the backend, organizations should:
automate governance policies;
implement solutions to classify, scan and redact information, and;
pairing the above activities with ongoing employee training around data security.
Ask for help
In-house IT professionals tasked with handling everything regarding servers and data storage is slowly becoming a thing of the past. With the transition to cloud computing comes the adoption of third party IT vendors. Because of these changes it’s important that you:
Find business partners that will work for and with you, your needs, budgeting, and timeline.
Your partner(s) needs to have the same state of mind as you do, to be able to assist you with cloud migration, management, and protection.
This will allow business and IT leaders to focus on making technology work as a competitive and strategic differentiator for employees and customers alike.
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