Transparent Data Encryption with the Azure Key Vault

Transparent Data Encryption with the Azure Key Vault

In last week’s post, we covered a BitLocker implementation for Azure virtual machines. But as mentioned in that post, because BitLocker doesn’t fully satisfy the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requirement (specifically, 3.4 and 3.5.2) for data encryption at rest, we also implemented SQL Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) for all databases.…

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Encrypting Data at Rest in Azure

Encrypting Data at Rest in Azure

Last week, we covered the segmentation of the client environment using Azure’s Network Security Groups. For an overview of the Azure Secure Cloud Migration blog series and a list of the topics being covered, see the introductory post, Preparing to Migrate to a Secure Cloud. This week, in part 4 of the Azure Secure Cloud Migration blog series, we’ll cover the implementation of hard disk...

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When Would You Use Azure Automation Instead of Orchestrator?

In a previous post, I described how to configure Azure Automation to bridge in to your on-premises environment by using Hybrid Runbook Workers (“HRWs”). Being able to run automation runbooks against on-premises systems starts to encroach on the turf that has traditionally been held by System Center Orchestrator. But when would you consider using one versus the other?…

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Bringing Azure Automation to Your On-Premises Environment

Microsoft’s Azure Preview Portal offers a number of additional automation features as compared to the standard management portal. The most interesting to me of these Preview Portal features is the ability to provision Hybrid Runbook Workers (“HRW”) that allow your automation tasks to span both Azure and on-premises systems. For some environments, Azure Automation could even be a replacement...

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Four More Considerations for Your Next Deployment

I recently wrote a post about considerations for an international deployment – key items that need to be planned for or mitigated to avoid trouble down the road. To follow up on that post, I wanted to discuss some additional items that aren’t necessarily specific to an international deployment, but really are more relevant for any migration, large or small, local or global.…

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Considerations For Your Next International Deployment

West Monroe Partners was recently engaged to develop a new Windows image to replace the nearly 100% Windows XP environment at a global manufacturing client. This image needed to support roughly 30 different hardware types and 20 different language/locale options in as many countries – a truly global deployment. Our development efforts culminated in a whirlwind tour of the client’s global...

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Internet Explorer 11’s Enterprise Mode: Preserve Compatibility While Enhancing Speed and Security

One major challenge in common with many Windows XP to Windows 7 migrations is mitigating browser support issues – applications and websites developed for Internet Explorer 6 often had to be redeveloped, upgraded, or sometimes even replaced in order to support Internet Explorer 8 and later. Since Windows 7 shipped with Internet Explorer 8, and Windows XP could be upgraded to that version, it...

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Investors Begin the Push for Natural Capital Transparency

As reported by the New York Times Exxon Mobil recently agreed to inform investors of the risks carbon emission limits would have on their business. This agreement comes in response to a resolution submitted by a group of shareholders from the corporate responsibility advocacy group, “As You Sow.” This is part of a growing trend of shareholder groups urging companies to be more transparent...

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Automated Tragedy

A couple years back, an HP engineer at CommBank in Australia managed to format some 9,000 workstations using Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager. The problem is…they weren’t trying to. Turns out that an operating system deployment task sequence was inadvertently advertised to nearly every computer in the environment, meaning those machines, whether they needed...

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