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Apr

The 3 ways Azure improves your security
The 3 ways Azure improves your security

Today we’re at RSA, and we are delighted to sponsor and participate in this industry event centered in security. I thought I’d take the opportunity to share our perspective on cloud security with Azure.

As we all know, companies worldwide are challenged by the ongoing volume of evolving security threats and with retaining qualified security talent to respond to these threats. In fact, the average large organization gets 17,000 security alerts each week, which results in an of average 99 days to discover security breaches. That contrasts with the less than 48 hours it takes for security breaches to grow from one system compromised into significantly broader issues.

As you look for solutions to address these challenges, Azure can help strengthen your security posture, while reducing cost and complexity. Thousands of companies and governments from all over the world including TD Bank, First Tech Credit Union, Geico, 3M, Rolls-Royce, state of Hawaii, city of Musson, and Heineken have chosen Azure as their trusted cloud. Azure provides value in three key areas – a secure foundation that is provided by Microsoft, built-in security controls to help you quickly configure security across the full-stack, and unique intelligence at cloud scale to help

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17

Apr

Announcing new Azure Security Center capabilities at RSA 2018

Migrating your workloads to the cloud can enable some inherent security benefits. With cloud scale machine learning and security analytics, you can mitigate threats quickly, making your environment more secure and your organization more productive.

Azure Security Center provides centralized visibility of the security state of your resources and uses the collective intelligence from machine learning and advanced analytics to not only detect threats quickly but to help you prevent them. It’s agent-based approach helps gain deeper security insights from the workloads and extends these protections to workloads running on-premises as well as other clouds, providing a unified security management for you.

Today we are excited to announce several capabilities in Azure Security Center that will provide enhanced protection to help you keep pace with the evolving cybersecurity landscape:

Visibility and governance at the organizational level

Take advantage of a new overview dashboard to gain visibility into your security state from an organizational level instead of a subscription level. To help organizations identify and address the challenges of managing an organization-wide security posture, you can now set security policies for management groups in your organization. You can also monitor it with an organization-wide compliance score as well as a breakdown

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16

Apr

USAFacts breaks down government financial data with Power BI

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/usafacts-breaks-down-government-financial-data-with-power-bi/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/usafacts-breaks-down-government-financial-data-with-power-bi/           On tax day this year USAFacts is relying on Power BI to publish a 10-k report to provide a comprehensive view of the combined US federal, state and local governments’ revenues and expenditures. READ MORE

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16

Apr

4/19 Webinar: Understanding PowerApps Model Driven App Templates

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/4-19-webinar-understanding-powerapps-model-driven-app-templates/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/4-19-webinar-understanding-powerapps-model-driven-app-templates/           An exciting PowerApps Webinar this week covering an important part of the Common Data Service for Applications: Understanding PowerApps Model Driven App Templates

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16

Apr

Streamlining GDPR requests with the Azure Portal

Today we’re letting our customers know about our upcoming Data Subject Request (DSR) processing capability in the Azure portal, which will provide tenant admins a simple, powerful tool to quickly fulfill the Data Subject Requests that are central to compliance with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We will fully support these DSR capabilities before May 25, 2018, the date when enforcement of the GDPR begins and when Microsoft has committed to be GDPR compliant across our cloud services. 

The GDPR is the most significant change to EU privacy law in two decades and sets a new global standard for privacy rights, governing the handling and use of personal data. A fundamental tenet of the GDPR is the set of rights it grants individuals, or data subjects, in connection with their personal data collected by an organization (known as the data controller).

If your organization collects, hosts, or analyzes the personal data of EU residents, GDPR provisions require you to use data processors that guarantee their ability to implement the technical and organizational requirements of the GDPR. The GDPR also requires you to respond to requests from individuals, or data subjects, to receive a copy of their personal

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16

Apr

Azure.Source – Volume 27
Azure.Source – Volume 27

Welcome to Azure.Source #27! Last week in Azure, we made quite a few announcements about updates to Azure Stream Analytics, which you’ll find captured below. In addition, Microsoft was at the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas, which provided an opportunity to reflect on how far Azure’s media services have come over the past year and the exciting future that lays ahead. For more information on that, see the Events section below.

Now in preview

Public preview: Integration of Stream Analytics with Azure Monitor – To improve the self-service troubleshooting experience, integration of Azure Stream Analytics with Azure Monitor is in preview. This integration provides a systematic way to deal with lost, late, or malformed data, while enabling efficient mechanisms to investigate errors caused by bad data.

Now generally available

General availability: Stream Analytics tools for Visual Studio – To help maximize end-to-end developer productivity across authoring, testing, and debugging Stream Analytics jobs, Azure Stream Analytics tools for Visual Studio are now generally available.

News & updates

Seamlessly upgrade Azure SQL Data Warehouse for greater performance and scalability – Upgrade from the Optimized for Elasticity tier to the new Optimized for Compute performance tier with a simple click in the

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16

Apr

Introducing Microsoft Azure Sphere: Secure and power the intelligent edge

In the next decade, nearly every consumer gadget, every household appliance, and every industrial device will be connected to the Internet. These connected devices will also become more intelligent with the ability to predict, talk, listen, and more. The companies who manufacture these devices will have an opportunity to reimagine everything and fundamentally transform their businesses with new product offerings, new customer experiences, and differentiate against competition with new business models.

All these everyday devices have in common a tiny chip, often smaller than the size of your thumbnail, called a microcontroller (MCU). The MCU functions as the brain of the device, hosting the compute, storage, memory, and an operating system right on the device. Over 9 billion of these MCU-powered devices are built and deployed every year. For perspective, that’s more devices shipping every single year than the world’s entire human population. While few of these devices are connected to the Internet today, within just a few years, this entire industry, all 9 billion or more devices per year, is on path to include connected MCUs.

Internet connectivity is a two-way street. With these devices becoming a gateway to our homes, workplaces, and sensitive data, they also become targets

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16

Apr

Iterative development and debugging using Data Factory
Iterative development and debugging using Data Factory

Data Integration is becoming more and more complex as customer requirements and expectations are continuously changing. There is increasingly a need among users to develop and debug their Extract Transform/Load (ETL) and Extract Load/Transform (ELT) workflows iteratively. Now, Azure Data Factory (ADF) visual tools allow you to do iterative development and debugging.

You can create your pipelines and do test runs using the Debug capability in the pipeline canvas without writing a single line of code. You can view the results of your test runs in the Output window of your pipeline canvas. Once your test run succeeds, you can add more activities to your pipeline and continue debugging in an iterative manner. You can also Cancel your test runs once they are in-progress. You are not required to publish your changes to the data factory service before clicking Debug. This is helpful in scenarios where you want to make sure that the new additions or changes work as expected before you update your data factory workflows in dev, test or prod environments.

Data Factory visual tools also allow you to do debugging until a particular activity in your pipeline canvas. Simply put a breakpoint on the activity until

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13

Apr

Last Chance for the Data & BI Summit 24-26 April in Dublin Ireland

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/last-chance-for-the-data-bi-summit-24-26-april-in-dublin-ireland/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/last-chance-for-the-data-bi-summit-24-26-april-in-dublin-ireland/           Don’t Miss the Power BI Team at Data & BI Summit, held 24-26 April in Dublin, Ireland.

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12

Apr

Power BI GDPR Whitepaper is now available
Power BI GDPR Whitepaper is now available

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-gdpr-whitepaper-is-now-available/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-gdpr-whitepaper-is-now-available/           In May 2018, a European privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is due to take effect. The GDPR imposes new rules on companies, government agencies, non-profits, and other…

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