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By Usama Jawad96
Microsoft acquires CloudKnox Security to enhance unified privileged access management
by Usama Jawad
In the past couple of months, Microsoft has made two major acquisitions when it comes to enhancing the security of its cloud platform. It acquired cybersecurity firm RiskIQ for a reported $500 million earlier this month as well as ReFirm Labs in June to improve its Azure Defender for IoT platform. Today, it has announced that it is purchasing CloudKnox Security, a leader in Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM).
CloudKnox Security's expertise lies in helping organizations enforce least-privilege access, right-size permissions, ensure compliance, and provide analytics to identify potential attack surfaces in cloud environments.
Microsoft says that while traditional entitlement management solutions work well in on-premises environments, they do not cater to multi-cloud and hybrid environments. Even if the attack surface is reduced by having siloed systems, there is generally a lack of unified visibility across environments. Considering that customers now have lots of service entities running and communicating with each other without human intervention, this makes it difficult to configure the correct permissions - the lack of which results in security breaches.
This is where CloudKnox Security comes into play. Microsoft says that via this acquisition, it will offer Azure Active Directory (AAD) customers continuous monitoring at a granular level across hybrid and multi-cloud environments and will enable auto-remediation capabilities as well.
The ultimate goal is to provide customers with a solution through which they have visibility over privileged access management, identity governance, and entitlement management. This will be accomplished by automated enforcement of policies, anomaly detection via machine learning, and integration with existing Microsoft security solutions such as Microsoft 365 Defender, Azure Defender, and Azure Sentinel.
By Jay Bonggolto
Google is rolling out Drive for desktop, Backup and Sync feature retiring after September
by Jay Bonggolto
Google announced earlier this year its plan to merge Drive's discrete syncing clients for both businesses and consumers, namely Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync, into a single Drive for desktop client. The goal was to make it easier for everyone to keep and access their content across various devices and the cloud.
Today, Google announced that it is rolling out several Drive for desktop capabilities to both macOS and Windows. The app gives you direct access to files stored in the usual locations in your desktop and backs up content to the cloud. Some of the headline features in the unified client include the option to upload images directly to Photos or Drive. Prior to this change, you needed to upload a certain file to Drive first before a copy of it could be created in Photos.
Drive for desktop also brings support for external storage backup including flash drives and hard drives. You can also mirror Drive files on your desktop.
Google said those who are still using Backup and Sync will receive notifications over the coming weeks to start using Drive for desktop. That said, they can still use the old client, but only until September. Once the deadline lapses, they will no longer be able to sync their files using Backup and Sync, unless they make the switch.
By Abhay V
Microsoft Teams will add the option to auto-delete meeting recordings from the cloud
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft’s Teams has allowed users to record meetings and store them to OneDrive and SharePoint for a while now. The company is also working to index transcriptions from these recordings to improve searching for meetings using words uttered in the meeting, in addition to looking for the title of the meeting itself. This feature might come in handy for users and admins who store many meetings to cloud storage services.
However, not all meetings might be relevant beyond a certain period, which is why the Redmond firm is working to introduce the option to automatically delete recordings from OneDrive and SharePoint. The feature is listed on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap as being in development (spotted by WindowsCentral) and is slated to be made available to users on the desktop and the web sometime in September. The capability will let admins set a policy to auto-delete meeting recordings after a set duration.
However, meeting owners will be given the option to extend the expiration of recordings if they deem it necessary and will be notified of impending expirations. The policies for expiration dates and override controls can be set by Teams admins via the Admin Portal or through PowerShell scripts.
This feature, along with the possible addition of the option to automatically record Teams meetings – which the firm is known to be working on – will make managing recordings much easier for admins and businesses. However, it is not clear when the option to automatically record meetings will be added to Teams, as there is no listing for that feature on the roadmap yet.
By News Staff
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By Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft introduces photo editing features for OneDrive on Android and the web
by Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft announced today a bunch of new photo editing features for OneDrive on the web and Android. The file storage and sharing app is also rolling out a new experience on Android in terms of viewing and organizing photos.
Starting today, you will be able to crop an image in order to remove clutter and put more focus on your subject. You can choose to crop your photos to standard sizes using built-in presets including square, 9:16, 16:9, 4:5, 5:4, 3:4, 4:3, 2:3, 3:2,1:2, and 2:1. On the other hand, you can select your own image size as well.
There's also an option to rotate an image to the left or right by 90 degrees, with incremental degree rotations to adjust tilted photos. You can also flip photos by 180 degrees. For photos with low contrast or dull colors, you can adjust their brightness, exposure, contrast, shadows, highlights, and color saturation.
For now, these capabilities are rolling out to OneDrive's web version as well as to mobile devices running Android 6.0 or higher with the OneDrive app version 6.30 or later. The rollout is gradual, and the photo editing tools are currently available only to OneDrive personal accounts. Microsoft expects to launch these options on OneDrive for work and school accounts this summer. The software giant also vowed to bring these features to iOS later this year.
In addition to the editing tools, OneDrive now lets you cast your photos and videos from your phone to your TV with Chromecast. On Android, the app is also adding the ability to organize photos by date and group them by month or year. This option will go live within the next two months. The app is also gaining a new setting that will automatically create folders based on the source of photos. For example, OneDrive will automatically create a dedicated folder for images that you've saved from Facebook.
Finally, there's a new option to filter your view so you see images only from the Pictures folder in OneDrive or all of the photos saved in it. This is available both on Android and the web.