Azure AD and Microsoft 365 Security Fundamentals

Microsoft invests massively both to provide the tools to protect organizations against cyber attacks, and to actively identify and defend against them. Unfortunately, most organizations don't take full advantage of these tools, and many leave themselves very exposed.

This session can be delivered as a breakout overview session, or a half or full day workshop. With so much to cover there is much less demo in the breakout session, but still the high-level explanation of the many security components available in the Microsoft cloud, how they relate, and scenarios on using them.

The session will also include a walk-through of the presenter’s open-source solution for collecting and analyzing Azure AD user, group, and audit data in a Power BI dashboard. The tool is available at

Scenarios that we will go through include the following:

  • Navigating through the various admin portals
  • Azure AD
    • Conditional Access Policies
      • Report only
      • Emergency accounts
      • MFA
      • Legacy authentication
      • Admin, member, and guest policies
      • Sensitivity labels in conjunction with conditional access policies and rights management
    • Branding
    • External Identities Configuration
      • General settings
      • Identity providers - one time passcode, Google, Facebook
      • Cross-tenant settings support for B2B collaboration and direct connect (Teams shared channels)
      • Trust settings for external organizations and leveraging that in conditional access policies
      • Terms of use
    • Identity Protection
  • Improving your Microsoft Secure Score
  • Microsoft 365
    • Teams, SharePoint, and OneDrive security and sharing settings
    • Sensitivity labelling
  • Licensing
    • Microsoft Entra
    • Azure AD licensing - free, Office 365, P1, and P2
    • Enterprise mobility and security
    • Microsoft 365 and Office 365 subscriptions
    • Defender for Office 365
    • External identities

The session will be jam-packed with links to articles both in Microsoft Docs, and articles written by presenter and Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP Peter Carson.

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