05

Jul

PowerShell cmdlets for managing SQL Vulnerability Assessments

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlsecurity/2018/07/05/powershell-cmdlets-for-managing-sql-vulnerability-assessments/Source: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlsecurity/2018/07/05/powershell-cmdlets-for-managing-sql-vulnerability-assessments/   We are pleased to announce the availability of PowerShell cmdlets for managing SQL Vulnerability Assessments for your SQL Servers. The cmdlets can be used to run assessments programmatically, export the results and manage baselines. To get started, READ MORE

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05

Jul

Lessons from big box retail
Lessons from big box retail

How can retail banks generate curated experiences? Learn from retailers. They use a cloud platform that orchestrates experiences from omni-channels to devices using data collected from various touchpoints. The data is combined and analyzed with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning technology. With these technologies, retailers can now understand the shopping behavior of a customer and offer them products that that are most relevant. Retailers deliver engaging in-store experiences by digitizing the store to deliver a curated experience to the shopper at every point in their shopping journey.


Figure above: Retail Bank branch shown as the hub for digital curated experiences

Imagine this: banks that provide financial “fitting rooms” where customers can “try on” products and services before they commit. That gives the customer the ability to experiment with the recommendations that fit their holistic life, not just their financial life. That feels a lot more personal and custom fitted to me.

Convergence! Wasn’t there a movie with that title? No, sorry, that was actually Divergent. Exciting sci-fi thriller where people are divided based on virtues, but that’s going in the wrong direction for this topic. So, what’s converging? Retail experiences are giving customers new expectations about banking.

Consumer expectations are being

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05

Jul

Lessons from big box retail
Lessons from big box retail

How can retail banks generate curated experiences? Learn from retailers. They use a cloud platform that orchestrates experiences from omni-channels to devices using data collected from various touchpoints. The data is combined and analyzed with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning technology. With these technologies, retailers can now understand the shopping behavior of a customer and offer them products that that are most relevant. Retailers deliver engaging in-store experiences by digitizing the store to deliver a curated experience to the shopper at every point in their shopping journey.


Figure above: Retail Bank branch shown as the hub for digital curated experiences

Imagine this: banks that provide financial “fitting rooms” where customers can “try on” products and services before they commit. That gives the customer the ability to experiment with the recommendations that fit their holistic life, not just their financial life. That feels a lot more personal and custom fitted to me.

Convergence! Wasn’t there a movie with that title? No, sorry, that was actually Divergent. Exciting sci-fi thriller where people are divided based on virtues, but that’s going in the wrong direction for this topic. So, what’s converging? Retail experiences are giving customers new expectations about banking.

Consumer expectations are being

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05

Jul

Microsoft Azure launches tamper-proof Azure Immutable Blob Storage for financial services

I’m pleased to announce that Azure Immutable Blob Storage is now in public preview – enabling financial institutions to store and retain data in a non-erasable and non-rewritable format – and at no additional cost. Azure Immutable Blob Storage meets the relevant storage requirements of three key financial industry regulations: the CFTC Rule 1.31(c)-(d), FINRA Rule 4511, and SEC Rule 17a-4. Financial services customers, representing one of the most heavily regulated industries in the world, are subject to complex requirements like the retention of financial transactions and related communication in a non-erasable and non-modifiable state. These strict requirements help to provide effective legal and forensic surveillance of market conduct.

Software providers and partners can now rely on Azure as a one-stop shop cloud solution for records retention and immutable storage with sensitive workloads. Financial institutions can now easily build their own applications taking advantage of these features while remaining compliant. These Write Once Read Many (WORM) policies apply to all tiers of storage (hot, cool, and archive). This industry leading compliance storage offering is now available at no additional cost on top of the base pricing of Azure storage!

To document compliance, Microsoft retained a leading independent assessment firm that

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05

Jul

Microsoft Azure launches tamper-proof Azure Immutable Blob Storage for financial services

I’m pleased to announce that Azure Immutable Blob Storage is now in public preview – enabling financial institutions to store and retain data in a non-erasable and non-rewritable format – and at no additional cost. Azure Immutable Blob Storage meets the relevant storage requirements of three key financial industry regulations: the CFTC Rule 1.31(c)-(d), FINRA Rule 4511, and SEC Rule 17a-4. Financial services customers, representing one of the most heavily regulated industries in the world, are subject to complex requirements like the retention of financial transactions and related communication in a non-erasable and non-modifiable state. These strict requirements help to provide effective legal and forensic surveillance of market conduct.

Software providers and partners can now rely on Azure as a one-stop shop cloud solution for records retention and immutable storage with sensitive workloads. Financial institutions can now easily build their own applications taking advantage of these features while remaining compliant. These Write Once Read Many (WORM) policies apply to all tiers of storage (hot, cool, and archive). This industry leading compliance storage offering is now available at no additional cost on top of the base pricing of Azure storage!

To document compliance, Microsoft retained a leading independent assessment firm that

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04

Jul

We are pleased to announce the availability of PowerShell cmdlets for managing SQL Vulnerability Assessments for your SQL Servers. The cmdlets can be used to run assessments programmatically, export the results and manage baselines. They enable the scenario of running READ MORE

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04

Jul

PowerShell cmdlets for managing SQL Vulnerability Assessments

https://docs.microsoft.com/archive/blogs/sqlsecurity/powershell-cmdlets-for-managing-sql-vulnerability-assessmentsSource: https://docs.microsoft.com/archive/blogs/sqlsecurity/powershell-cmdlets-for-managing-sql-vulnerability-assessments   We are pleased to announce the availability of PowerShell cmdlets for managing SQL Vulnerability Assessments for your SQL Servers. The cmdlets can be used to run assessments programmatically, export the results and manage baselines. They enable the READ MORE

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03

Jul

New Azure #CosmosDB Explorer now in public preview
New Azure #CosmosDB Explorer now in public preview

Today we’re excited to announce Azure Cosmos DB Explorer, a full screen standalone web-based version of the Data Explorer many of you already use in Azure Portal for Cosmos DB.

With Cosmos DB Explorer you can:

Take advantage of the full screen real estate for your queries and results. Access your database account and collections with a connection string, without needing access to the Azure subscription or portal. Share query results with authorized peers who do not have Azure portal access. Work with Cosmos DB data without having to download any desktop tools locally.

From Azure Portal, you can open your account in Cosmos DB Explorer by clicking on the Open Full Screen button in Data Explorer blade.

In the drop-down dialog you can choose the type of access you’d like to open the account with and click Open, “read & write” is default. You can also copy the Cosmos DB Explorer link and share with your colleagues, for example if you want to share read-only results of a query with teammates who don’t have access to Azure Portal.

When you open Cosmos DB Explorer this way, the access will expire in few hours for security reasons. After

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03

Jul

New Azure #CosmosDB Explorer now in public preview
New Azure #CosmosDB Explorer now in public preview

Today we’re excited to announce Azure Cosmos DB Explorer, a full screen standalone web-based version of the Data Explorer many of you already use in Azure Portal for Cosmos DB.

With Cosmos DB Explorer you can:

Take advantage of the full screen real estate for your queries and results. Access your database account and collections with a connection string, without needing access to the Azure subscription or portal. Share query results with authorized peers who do not have Azure portal access. Work with Cosmos DB data without having to download any desktop tools locally.

From Azure Portal, you can open your account in Cosmos DB Explorer by clicking on the Open Full Screen button in Data Explorer blade.

In the drop-down dialog you can choose the type of access you’d like to open the account with and click Open, “read & write” is default. You can also copy the Cosmos DB Explorer link and share with your colleagues, for example if you want to share read-only results of a query with teammates who don’t have access to Azure Portal.

When you open Cosmos DB Explorer this way, the access will expire in few hours for security reasons. After

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03

Jul

IP filtering for Event Hubs and Service Bus

For scenarios in which Azure Event Hubs or Azure Service Bus is only accessible from certain well-known sites, the IP Filter feature enables you to configure rules for accepting or rejecting traffic originated from specify IP addresses, for instance the addresses that come under corporate NAT gateway. The Azure team is happy to announce the public preview of IP Filtering for Service Bus Premium and Event Hubs Standard and Dedicated price plans.

This feature allows users to control which IPs are accessing their resources. Some characteristics of this feature:

Rules allow you to specify accept and reject actions on IP masks. The rules work with IPv4 addresses. Rules are applied to the namespace level. You can have multiple rules and they are applied in order. The first rule that matches the IP address determines the accept or reject action. Requests from IPs that are rejected receive an unauthorized response.

Today these features are available in the Azure portal as shown in the screenshot. You can find them at the Event Hubs or Service Bus namespace level or via an ARM template.

The below ARM template shows how you can use this feature. This template takes the following parameters:

ipFilterRuleName

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