Author: Tony Redmond

What’s the Real Size of Exchange Online Mailboxes?

by Tony Redmond

The Office 365 Substrate uses Exchange Online mailboxes to store a lot of data that users never see. The data is used by the substrate for different purposes, mostly to make it easier for features to get to relevant information. Microsoft doesn't document exactly what is stored, where it is stored, and how it is used, so we must poke around in the innards of mailboxes to see what we can discover.

How Exchange Online Processes Journal Reports for Protected Email

by Tony Redmond

Office 365 tenants often want to journal email from Exchange Online mailboxes. Things become a little more complicated when protected email is involved, but Exchange can decrypt protected messages and create journal reports with attachments containing the original encrypted message and a decrypted copy. That should be enough for journaling systems to process the journal reports and import messages into their repositories.

Enforce MFA for SharePoint Online Sites with Conditional Access Policies

by Tony Redmond

Securing Confidential SharePoint Online Data SharePoint Online sites hold some very confidential information. Now that SharePoint Online supports sensitivity labels, you can protect individual documents with encryption to stop their contents leaking. Other features, like regarding newly uploaded documents sensitive by default to stop them being shared externally until Data Loss Prevention (DLP) processing completes,… Read More

Yammer Previews Fluent User Interface

by Tony Redmond

Year of Yammer Keeps on Rolling Seven months after Microsoft declared the “Year of Yammer,” a public preview of a much-hyped (at Ignite 2019) new user interface is available to Office 365 tenants. General availability of the new Yammer is expected in July 2020. The new interface is already available in the Yammer mobile app… Read More

Stop OWA Users Autoforwarding Email

by Tony Redmond

Autoforwarding is Badness Allowing users to forward their email outside Exchange Online is bad, especially if they don’t keep a copy of the forwarded messages in their mailbox. Apart from removing email from the controls imposed by data governance policies, it creates a risk that confidential information travels outside the organization, including when an attacker… Read More

Syncing Office 365 Updates to Planner

by Tony Redmond

Soon you'll be able to synchronize Office 365 notification messages to Planner and manage the introduction of the changes through Planner. The integration is straightforward and works well. In fact, I have nothing much to complain about, which is why I wonder if I am missing something.

Microsoft 365 Communications Compliance Takes New Look at Employee Interaction

by Tony Redmond

Communications Compliance is a part of Microsoft 365's Insider Risk functionality. This is a replacement for Office 365 supervision policies and introduces coverage of new communications and a lot of machine learning, plus a link to Advanced eDiscovery for the really complicated cases. Not every Office 365 tenant will be interested in employee monitoring, but those that need to should look at Communications Compliance.

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