Mailbox Auditing for Office 365 – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series we started to explore the auditing functionality natively available within Exchange Online as part of your Office 365 tenant. If you’re not caught up, go back and read that blog post first. If you’re all caught up, then let’s get to it.

Knowledge Vault enhances the user experience & adds more insight into Azure Active Directory & Office 365

Today Knowledge Vault released an update to our cloud platform. Based on customer and partner feedback, we enhanced our Reporting and Actions Libraries and have streamlined our user experience with the updates outlined below. These new features and enhancements have been pushed to production and are available right now. Top 10 enhancements for this release include:

Windows Azure Active Directory Reports

Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD), Microsoft’s cloud based identity management suite, a REST-based implementation of Active Directory, is what Office 365 uses to manage user accounts, licenses, groups and authentication. To support unified identity management with traditional on-premises applications, WAAD can also be integrated with Windows Server Active Directory with DirSync or Azure AD Connect AAD Connect) and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) gateway components.

Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) – Where does Knowledge Vault fit?

Organizations continue to struggle with reducing their security & audit risk and exposure as they transition to cloud services, including Microsoft Office 365. One particular area of interest is concern that IT/Security teams may end up losing visibility in how these applications are being used as well as limited controls on usage.

Auditing Office 365 & Azure AD: Can You Do It Alone?

It’s long been established that being able to audit changes to critical systems and access to resources, is almost a given when it comes to on-premises Microsoft-based environments. You’d have to be hiding under a rock or on your first day in IT to not know what Event Logs and Event Viewer are. Equally well known is how unhelpful Event Viewer can be – with its’ raw presentation of logs data, no real reporting functionality, and zero insight into what the data actually means. Sure, PowerShell made it a bit easier, but only for those that really know PowerShell.