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The Azure Security Podcast  

A twice-monthly podcast dedicated to Security, Privacy, Compliance, Governance and Reliability on the Microsoft Cloud Platform. Hosted by Microsoft security experts Michael Howard, Sarah Young, Gladys Rodriguez and Mark Simos. Meet the team.

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  Episode 39 - October 21st, 2021 - [Microsoft Digital Defense Reports]

In this episode Michael, Sarah, Gladys and Mark talk with guest Mark McIntyre ( ) about the recently released Microsoft Digital Defense Report (MDDR). Both Marks talk at length about
We also discuss Security news about the new OWASP Top 10:2021, Windows 11 TPM 2.0 requirements, Azure Security Center, Azure Sentinel, the recent 2.4Tbps attack on Azure. Mark also points to updates to his "Mark's List". A note to the wise, a link to the list should be in your favorites.


  Episode 38 - October 1st, 2021 - [Azure Active Directory Conditional Access]

In this episode Michael, Gladys and Mark talk with Daniel Wood   ( ) about Azure Active Directory Conditional Access, how it works, example scenarios and what's new. He also hints at new features coming soon. Michael and Deniel geek out about 'Do no Harm' in security.
We also discuss Azure Security news about: Azure disks key rotation, Azure SQL DB roles, Ransomware, Azure Site Recovery, Defender for IoT


  Episode 37 - Sep 15th, 2021 - [Adversary Tradecraft - Simuland]

In this episode Michael, Sarah, Gladys and Mark talk with guest Roberto Rodriguez   ( ) about Simuland, an open-source initiative by Microsoft to help security researchers around the world deploy lab environments that reproduce well-known techniques used in real attack scenarios, actively test and verify the effectiveness of related Microsoft 365 Defender, Azure Defender, and Azure Sentinel detections, and extend threat research using telemetry and forensic artifacts generated after each simulation exercise.

We also have awesome security news about NSG and UDR support in Private Link, Azure Virtual Desktop, SMB 3.1.1, Azure Monitor and Azure Data Explorer, Azure Security Center, Windows 11, Windows IoT Server 2021 and Microsoft Cloud Reference Architectures.


  Episode 36 - Sep 1st, 2021 - [Azure Defender for SQL - Vulnerability Assessement]

  Episode 35 - August 18th, 2021 - [Azure Defender for SQL - Threat Protection]

In this episode Michael, Gladys and Mark talk with guest Michael Makhlevich ( ) about Azure Defender for SQL - Threat Protection. This is the first part of a two-part conversation about Azure Defender for SQL, next week will talk about Azure Defender for SQL - Vulnerability Analysis.  In this episode, both Michael's discuss some history about SQL-related vulnerabilities and attacks. MichaelM also waxes philosophical about defending SQL databases, and it's not just about protecting data from attack!

We also discuss security news about Managed Hardware Security Module (HSM), App Config and Key Vault, Sentinel, Machine Learning, Azure Security Center and more.


  Episode 34 - August 2nd, 2021 - [Study Guide for SC-200: Microsoft Security Operations Analyst]

  Episode 33 - July 25th, 2021 - [Zero Trust]

In this episode Michael, Sarah, Gladys and Mark talk with guest Carmichael Patton, a Senior Security Architect in the Digital Security and Resiliency group at Microsoft  ( ) about Microsoft's journey to Zero Trust and some of the lessons learned along the way.
We also discuss Azure Security news about: Azure Sentinel, Azure Automation, Azure SQL DB and Always Encrypted withe Secure Enclaves, App Insights, App Service and Functions, Azure Active Directory, Azure Firewall, Azure Kubernetes Service, Azure Security Center, Azure Bastion. Mark also talks about some Open Group activities and recent Microsoft security acquisitions.


  Episode 32 - July 7th, 2021 - [Azure Sentinel SOC Process Framework]

In this episode Michael, Sarah, Gladys and Mark talk with guest Rin Ure  ( ) about the Azure Sentinel SOC Process Framework Workbook.
We also discuss Azure Security news about Azure Web Application Firewall, Azure Front Door, Azure SQL DB, Azure Sphere, Confidential Compute VMs and episode 2 of the Spanish Azure Security Podcast is now out.


  Episode 31 - June 23rd, 2021 - [Automating Security]

In this episode Michael, Sarah, Gladys and Mark talk with guest Nicholas DiCola   ( ) about Security automation in Azure. Nicholas is the Director of Cloud Security in the Azure CXE team, and has a new book on Azure networking security.
We also discuss Azure Security news about Azure Monitor, Confidential Computing, Azure Key Vault, VS Code, Azure Defender for MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL and IoT, and more!


  Episode 30 - Jun 9th, 2021 - [Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center - MSTIC]

  Episode 29 - June 1st, 2021 - [Azure Data Explorer]

In this episode Michael, Sarah, Gladys and Mark talk with Minni Walia  ( ) about Azure Data Explorer, a fast and highly scalable big data analytics service for any types of logs and telemetry data.
We also discuss Azure Security news about Bicep, VPN Gateway, Azure Backup, Azure Security Center, AKS, Azure Sentinel, IoT Hub, API Management, SimuLand and Microsoft Cybersecurity Reference Architectures and Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework.


  Episode 27 - April 28th, 2021 - [Applied Data Science, AI and Machine Learning in Security]

In this episode Michael, Sarah, Gladys and Mark talk with guest Sharon Xia ( ) about applied Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning in Cybersecurity. Sharon is a Principal PM Manager in the Azure Cloud Security - Data Science Team. This is one of those episodes where many of us learned a great deal about something we know little about!  
We also discuss Azure Security news for: Azure VMs, Azure Charts, Zero Trust and the Open Group, Azure Sentinel, Purview, App Gateway, Security Technical Content Library and a new Azure Networking Security book from Microsoft.


  Episode 25 - March 31st, 2021 - [Azure Security Questions]

In this episode Michael, Sarah, Gladys and Mark talk with guest Chuck Enstall   ( ) about common security questions he's hearing from Azure customers and we delve into some practices around Azure Active Directory, Tenant and subscription level management and isolation. We also discuss Azure Security news for the following services: GitHub, Code QL, Storage, Iot Hub, SQL Server and Synapse, Event Grid, Media Services, Azure Communications Server, Redis, Key Vault, Azure Active Directory, App Service and Express Route as well as an update on PCI DSS certification and a beta of the SC-200 exam, "Microsoft Security Operations Analyst (beta)".


  Episode 24 - March 17th, 2021 - [Security News Dump from Ignite]

This episode is a little different, Sarah and Michael discuss the security news and updates from the Microsoft Ignite conference. Lots of security updates covering SQL Server, CosmosDB, Azure Security Center, Azure Kubernetes Service, Windows Server 2022, VM updates, Azure Sphere, Azure Backup, TypeScript, Azure Sentinel and Azure Purview.

  Episode 23 - March 5th, 2021 - [Network Security]

In this episode Michael, Sarah, Gladys and Mark talk with guest Anthony Roman  ( ) who is a Senior Program Manager in the Azure Networking Security team. We cover topics such as low-level Azure networking security building blocks (VNets, subnets, NSGs, user-defined routes, hub-and-spoke etc.), Azure Firewall, Azure Frontdoor and more.
Mark has a public service announcement regarding Exchange on-prem - PLEASE PATCH. We also discuss Azure Security news for the following Azure topics: Azure Sentinel, Data Encryption SDK, Tables and Queues, TypeScript, Service Principals, Authentication and DataBricks.

Anthony's bio Anthony manages a team of Program Managers responsible for Azure Network Security deployment and product improvement. As part of Microsoft Cloud + AI Security Engineering, the Customer Experience (CxE) team works between customers and product groups to help build comprehensive NetSec solutions that integrate across the Azure Security stack


  Episode 22 - February 17th, 2021 - [Azure Red team]

In this episode Michael, Sarah, Gladys and Mark talk with guests Craig Nelson ( ) and Leron Gray ( ) about Redteam security on Microsoft Azure. If you're new to red teams, blue teams and purple teams and want to learn more about how we test Azure for security issues, then this is the episode for you!

We also discuss Azure Security news for the following services: Azure Bicep, Storage accounts, API Management, Azure Firewall and Azure Sentinel. Gladys also discusses machine learning and Azure Synapse, Mark mentions his concerns about human-operated ransomware and Michael explains why he prefers TypeScript to JavaScript and we add a new phrase to your lexicon: Homomorphic Encryption. You're welcome!

Finally, there's a new exam in beta, SC-900 "Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals."


Episode 21 - February 3rd, 2021 - [Azure Sentinel]

In this episode Michael, Sarah, Gladys and Mark talk with guest Ofer Shezaf  ( ) about Azure Sentinel. Ofer is a Principal Product Manage in the Azure Sentinel team and has years of experience building Security Information and Events Management (SIEM) systems. Ofer also discusses the history of Azure Sentinel and shares some of his insightful philosophies about SIEMs. Make sure you stick around for his fascinating Final Thoughts.
We also discuss Azure Security news for the following services: Azure Security Center, HDInsight, Azure Attestation and IaaS SQL Server using Secure Enclaves. Gladys covers some of the material she learned this week about Privileged Access Workstations (PAWs), especially in light of Solorigate. PAWs are not just for tier-0 admins, but also for developers. Mark covers Azure Security Benchmarks, extending threat and vulnerability management to macOS and shares details about Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Workbook.

  Episode 20 - January 20th, 2021 - [An Inside look at Securing Azure]

In this episode Michael, Sarah, Gladys and Mark talk with guest Alex DeDonker  ( ) about his team's role in helping secure the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.
We also discuss the latest Azure Security news for the following services: Azure Sphere, Azure Backup, Managed Disks, Azure Security Center, Azure Policy, Azure Defender for SQL, Azure Health Bot and Azure Automation.
Mark also discusses some updated Solorigate resources, human operated ransomware and more.

Alex's bio Alex DeDonker is a Program Manager within Cloud and AI Security. Alex drives security awareness and education initiatives within the engineering communities at Microsoft. Specifically, as a part of a program called STRIKE; focused on Azure Security. Prior to joining Azure Security’s STRIKE Team, Alex was a technical recruiter at Microsoft in University Recruiting. Beyond that, he helps organize Microsoft BlueHat and can be spotted as a volunteer at many security conferences.


  Episode 19 - January 6th, 2021 - [Azure Firewall]

  Episode 18 - December 10th, 2020 - [Security and Compliance with Microsoft 365]

In this episode we chat to Miriam Wiesner ( ) who is a Program Manager in the Microsoft 365 team, about security, compliance and management using Microsoft 365. If you're confused about Azure Defender, Microsoft Defender or Microsoft 365 Defender, then this is the podcast for you!
Miriam also discusses her pet subject: Event Lists.
We also discuss current Azure security news, including US Government Cloud data classifications, IoT Hub and private link updates, Latest Azure Security Center news, Azure Databricks, Azure Policy and Unified Connection Monitor. Also, Gladys introduces a new product Azure Purview and announces her new role in Azure Engineering.

When talking about Microsoft 365, it might be useful to keep the following diagram handy! The second is when Miriam and Gladys discuss killchains.

Microsoft365 Architecture    Modern Kill Chain
Miriam's bio Miriam Wiesner works as a Security Program Manager for Microsoft Defender ATP with a focus on Secure Infrastructure and Threat Protection. In her spare time, she enjoys writing articles for her private blog as well as developing tools to support the community and speaks on international conferences and events like Black Hat,, BSides, and many more. She's a life-long learner, always excited about new technologies and empowering others.


  Episode 17 - November 25th, 2020 - [Azure Datacenters]

In this episode Michael and Sarah talk to Gary Buckmaster ( ) a Senior Architect in the Microsoft Technology Center in Sydney, Australia, about Azure Datacenter security, compliance and reliability. If you'd like to get a better understanding of the security-related lifecycle of a humble hard-drive, then this is the episode for you! We also cover security news about Azure Attestation, Confidential Computing, Storage and Virtual Machines.  


  Episode 16 - November 11th, 2020 - [Azure Policy]

Michael Howard, Sarah Young and Mark Simos with guest Nick Fadziewicz who is a Principal Consultant at Microsoft working in the Azure and AI team.
In this episode we cover security news about Azure Datalake Storage Gen 2 ACLs, HDInsight and Azure Batch now support Private Link in preview, TLS protocol version support on Storage accounts, Azure Security Center vulnerability assessments and improved Kubernetes support, Azure Firewall DNS updates and more.
Of note is a free e-book "Azure for Architects 3rd Ed" is now available.


  Episode 15 - October 28th, 2020 - [Azure Top 10 Security Practices]

Michael Howard, Sarah Young, Gladys Rodriguez and Mark Simos with guest Tom Quinn   ( ) who is a Principal Technical Specialist in Azure to about the Azure Top 10 Security Practices.
In this episode we cover exciting news about new preview features in IoT, Zero Trust, Azure Key Vault and Log Analytics, and Mark opines about VPN technology.

Tom's bio Tom Quinn currently works as an Azure Security and Compliance technology specialist for the Americas. He leads Azure security and compliance discussions and designs with Microsoft's major enterprise customers across various industries including G-SIFI banks and financial services institutions, healthcare, pharma, manufacturing, and government contractors.


  Episode 14 - October 14th, 2020 - [Azure Security Benchmark]

Michael Howard, Sarah Young, Gladys Rodriguez and Mark Simos with guest Amrita Satapathy  ( ) who works in the Azure Security team.
In this episode we discuss Azure security news, including a new member to the Azure Key Vault family, immutable storage, PowerBI and private endpoints, Azure Security Center updates and Azure Top 10 Security practices. Finally, the team chats with Amrita about the Azure Security Benchmark project.

Amrita's bio Amrita is a Principal Program Manager in the Azure Security team with 15+ years of experience in successfully delivering ambitious, innovative services at cloud scale such as Azure Security, Azure Active Directory, Office 365, and Information Protection services. Amrita deeply enjoys diving into technical challenges and building solutions that improve the lives of customers and enterprises. Her latest such endeavor is Azure Security Benchmark which is helping Azure customers to accelerate their cloud adoption journey.


  Episode 13 - October 7th, 2020 - [Azure Security News from Microsoft IGNITE 2020]

In this special episode we cover the Azure security, compliance and governance news that came out of Microsoft Ignite 2020.
Michael Howard and Mark Simos sit down with guest Cyril Voisin  ( ) who is the Chief Security Advisor for Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in Paris, France.
The topics covered include updated news on the Microsoft Defender suite, Key Vault, SQL Server, Kubernetes, Data Loss Prevention, Azure Security Center, Zero Trust, Microsoft Information Governance and much more.

Cyril's bio Cyril advises C-level executives and security leaders from leading public and private sector organizations in France, Italy, Middle East, and Africa, on strategic security, risk, and business change issues and opportunities with digital transformation.


  Episode 12 - September 30th, 2020 - [Confidential Computing]

Michael Howard, Sarah Young, Gladys Rodriguez and Mark Simos with guest Aeva Black   ( ) who is an Open Source Program Manager in the Confidential Computing group at Microsoft.
In this episode we discuss current Azure security news for VMs, IoT, Azure Arc, Sentinel and more. Mark gives his analysis of the latest Microsoft Digital Defense Report and then Sarah and Michael talk to Aeva about the technology, benefits and future of Confidential Computing on Azure at various levels of the hardware and software stack. To be honest, Michael geeks out in this one... :)

If you're new to Confidential Computing on Azure, then you should listen to this episode because Aeva does a magnificent job laying out the why of Confidential Computing.

Aeva's bio Aeva Black is a radically queer geek and lifelong student of the dharma, a Linux user since the mid '90s, and has been an advocate for Open Source since 2003. They pioneered the creation of the OpenStack Bare Metal Cloud project while working at HPE, and have contributed to projects such as MySQL, Ansible, and Kubernetes. Today, they are the Open Source Program Manager for the Azure Confidential Compute team, Azure’s representative to the Confidential Computing Consortium’s Outreach Committee, and a member of the Kubernetes Code of Conduct Committee.


  Episode 11 - September 16th, 2020 - [Microsoft Graph]

Michael Howard, Sarah Young, Gladys Rodriguez and Mark Simos with guest Yina Arenas   ( ) who is a Principal Group Program Manager in the Microsoft Graph Team.
In this episode we discuss recent Azure security news including TLS in IoT (again!), Log Analytics REST APIs, Azure Information Protection, Azure Monitor and Confidential Computing. We then talk to Yina about the vision behind Microsoft Graph and how it can be used to help build security and IT management solutions.


  Episode 10 - September 2nd, 2020 - [Threat Hunting with Microsoft Threat Protection]

Michael Howard, Sarah Young, Gladys Rodriguez and Mark Simos with guest Tali Ash   ( ) who works in the Microsoft Threat Protection team in Israel.
In this episode we cover current Azure security news. Sarah talks about the recent New Zealand DDoS attacks. Michael talks about vulnerabilities in wolfSSL impacting Azure Sphere. Mark explains what he's been up to around Zero Trust and Gladys explains some Azure Bastion changes and Azure Sentinel Ninjas. We then talk to Tali about threat hunting with Microsoft Threat Protection.
On a side note, this podcast was recorded in two chunks owing to timezone issues and Michael used the wrong microphone during the intro and news. He thought he was using his flashy mic, but he accidentally used a webcam mic instead! He will be more attentive from now on!


  Episode 9 - August 19th, 2020 - [Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification]

Michael Howard, Sarah Young, Gladys Rodriguez and Mark Simos with guest Maryam Rahmani   ( ) who works with the Microsoft Security Partner Development Team, helping partners secure public sector customers. 
In this episode we cover the latest Azure security news and Mark chats about the role of threat models and shared responsibility in Azure. Maryam then discusses the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and the role it plays in protecting Dept. of Defense (DoD) contractors from cyber attacks.


  Episode 8 - August 5th, 2020 - [Azure Network Isolation]

Michael Howard, Sarah Young, Gladys Rodriguez and Mark Simos with guest Randy Campbell  () a Principal Consultant at Microsoft with a long history working in networking on Azure.
In this episode we cover the latest Azure security news. Gladys discusses some IT training available from Microsoft to help people looking for IT positions in the wake of COVID-19 job-related issues. Michael then talks to Randy about the history of network isolation in Azure, as well as some DNS gotchas when using private endpoints.

If your job has been affected by COVID-19, or you know someone who has been affected, please go to the Microsoft JobSeeker link below.


  Episode 7 - July 22nd, 2020 - [Identity]

Michael Howard, Sarah Young, Gladys Rodriguez and Mark Simos with guest Ryen Macababbad  () a Senior Security Architect Manager at Microsoft.
In this episode we cover the latest Azure security news, Gladys discusses some security research findings about weak security caused by companies rushing to deploy solutions for their remote workers and finally, Sarah interviews Ryen about topics relating to identity, multi-factor authentication, the human element of security, why running many security agents on a computer is bad, password-less authentication and much more.


  Episode 3 - May 27th, 2020 [Azure Security Center]

Michael Howard, Sarah Young, Gladys Rodriguez and Mark Simos and guest Yuri Diogenese.  ( )
In this episode Michael and Sarah chat about their experiences clearing the AZ-500 Azure Security Exam. Gladys talks more about Zero Trust, and Mark discusses his work on the Cloud Adoption Framework. Finally, Michael interviews Yuri Diogenes about some new Azure Security Center features announced at Microsoft Build.


  Episode 1 - April 30th, 2020 [Hello, World!]