Weather Pi in the Azure Sky (I)

One of my longer-term side projects is to build a weather station. For starters, I belong to a kayaking club, with a boathouse on the water, and one of the chief concerns of paddlers is the weather conditions, especially wind speed and direction. Additionally, as I’ve been studying Microsoft Azure for a while now, I’ve … Continue reading “Weather Pi in the Azure Sky (I)”

Corona Cleaner – an iOS Shortcut

This is easy-peasy, and also limited to a specific audience. However, we are all about automation here are Rancho Techlemode, so what the heck! With Coronavirus and COVID 19 rapidly escalating, the exhortation to “wash your hands” is often repeated. Social media posts recommend specific songs to sing along to, to make the minimum 20 … Continue reading “Corona Cleaner – an iOS Shortcut”

Communication Compliance

One of the new – err, improved – services announced for Microsoft 365 is Communication Compliance. Extending on its predecessor, Supervision, Communication Compliance supports organizations’ needs to monitor email and chats between employees, as well as with external parties, with new machine-learning (ML) capabilities for detecting threatening language or sensitive data. Communication Compliance is located … Continue reading “Communication Compliance”

M365: Discover & Respond

Review Sets

In the Microsoft 365 Compliance Center, new and old solutions have been grouped together into new categories. Microsoft built out a number of solutions in Office 365 incrementally, and this re-organization groups them together by business processes, hopefully in a way that is meaningful to users and administrators of M365 Compliance. One of these categories … Continue reading “M365: Discover & Respond”

Office 365 Labels (1 of 3): Compliance

Retention Label Settings

I’ve written before about labels in Office 365. In this post, first of three in a series, I’m going to go a bit deeper into how the two types of labels, Security and Compliance Sensitivity and Retention, have developed over time, and where Microsoft is headed next. As I’ve mentioned before, Sensitivity and Retention are … Continue reading “Office 365 Labels (1 of 3): Compliance”

Office 365 Labels vs Label Policies

This is a quick post outlining the distinction between Office 365 labels and label policies. While the screenshots are from Sensitivity labels and label policies, the basic concept applies to compliance labels and label policies as well. In the following screenshot, I have seven Sensitivity labels defined. Remember Sensitivity labels describe and prescribe how labeled … Continue reading “Office 365 Labels vs Label Policies”

Microsoft Compliance Score

Microsoft 365 now includes Compliance Score (in Preview a/o November 2019). Like Secure Score, Compliance Score gives your organization a defined metric against which to measure how well its controls meet various requirements for data compliance. Here is an overview of what Compliance Score is, with a bit of a dive into a specific example … Continue reading “Microsoft Compliance Score”

Service Trust Portal & Compliance Manager

Start Addressing your Compliance Assessment Needs with Service Trust Portal and Compliance Manager Tools. Co-authored with Ryan Sturm of GetSecureAndCompliant and John Wagner. Microsoft offers its customers many amazing tools to help them in their security and compliance efforts.  This article will cover the information available in the Service Trust Portal and the capabilities in … Continue reading “Service Trust Portal & Compliance Manager”