Requesting a FINRA/SEC 17a-4 Attestation Letter for Office 365

This blog is moving! Check out my new site at One of the strengths of Microsoft’s cloud services is the deep and broad list of technical certifications that the services have achieved. These include various common standards, such as SOC I and II, and SSAE. Additionally, Microsoft meets various country-specific government standards, such as FedRAMP….


Secure Your Office 365 Tenant – By Attacking It (Part 2)

By David Branscome   In my previous post ( ), I showed you how to use the Office 365 Attack Simulator to set up the Password Spray and Brute Force Password (Dictionary) Attacks. What we often find, though, is that spear phishing campaigns are extremely successful in organizations and are often the very first point…


Secure Your Office 365 Tenant – By Attacking It (Part 1)

By David Branscome I’ve been waiting several months for this day to arrive. The Office 365 Attack Simulator is LIVE! If you log into your Office 365 E5 tenant with the Threat Intelligence licensing, it shows up here in the Security & Compliance portal. When you click on it, the first thing it will tell…


“Argh…My Skype for Business Recording Failed!!”

By David Branscome   I recently received a call from a colleague who had been working on a two-hour Skype for Business meeting. At the end of the call, she went into her Recording Manager to get the recorded meeting but saw that the recording for the meeting had failed. It was showing up as…


The End of Support for Older TLS Versions in Office 365

by David Branscome, with a callout to Joe Stocker at Patriot Consulting for the heads-up! The SSL/POODLE Attack Explained UPDATE: As per the support article listed here ( We will be extending support for TLS 1.0/1.1 through October 31, 2018 in order to help ensure our customers are adequately prepared for the changes.   As most…


Microsoft Teams: Beyond the Basics

In a previous blog post, I talked through the basics of setting up a Microsoft Team and showed you how Teams are related to Office365 Groups, SharePoint Online and Skype for Business Online. Now I’d like to walk through some of the nitty-gritty details related to your Microsoft Teams deployment. A much more comprehensive set of…


Why I Love Microsoft Teams

One of the great (and most challenging) things about working at Microsoft is the fact that we get to work on the latest, bleeding-edge stuff the company makes. In fact, we are encouraged to put each piece of software through its paces, using it in our daily life in what everyone at Microsoft refers to…


When You Just Gotta Have a Lab

I spend a lot of time working with partners and customers setting up and performing demos of new products. In many cases, we are looking at features that are purely cloud-based – such as Skype for Business Cloud PBX or PSTN Conferencing. When that’s the case, I just go to the Office365 tenant that I…


Skype for Business Client for Mac Goodness

I love updates. I actually get geekily excited when I get prompted to shut down Office while Click-to-Run updates my Office install. When it’s done, I can’t wait to see “what’s different”. On Sunday, my TV prompted me to apply a software update, and I had to force myself to not run the update in…