Note-to-self: You lost access to your initial Office 365 admin?

Although Microsoft has built in quite some methods to regain access to your 0365 tenant/account, you might have some bad luck one day… (experience talking here)

First of all you should try the default options, meaning : the password reset options.

The direct way to get there is the first link to bookmark: https://passwordreset.microsoftonline.com/

Another way to get there is in the 0365 logon page (also for Azure),

o365_1

If you forgot your password or can’t access the account, hit the link at the bottom.
You get directed to :

o365_2

If you know the logon, you can proceed to

o365_3

You notice that the verification is pointing to your alternative mail address or your mobile number…

But what if you forgot your original logon ID (mail address), eg in case you have setup a test tenant in 0365 with an mail address you don’t use frequently? (yes, that happens)

If that is not working or you need more help, check these options:

And if you really ran out of luck: you might raise a ticket and ask for help. https://portal.office.com/support/newsignupservicerequest.aspx

Anyway, as shown there are some options when configuring 0365 that should keep you out of trouble in the first place

  • make sure to add a mobile number to your user account
  • make sure to add a secondary email address to your account (not belonging to your O365 domain)
  • Configure and test MFA (multifactor Authentication), eg with the Authenticator app
  • add a secondary admin account with sufficient rights (with the same security measures!)

Note-to-self: Normalization of deviance in security: how broken practices become standard [must read]

If you would search the internet you’ll quickly find the original quote… “Normalization of deviance in software: how broken practices become standard”

All credits go to the original post: http://danluu.com/wat/

And to honor the truth completely, the hint was posted by Joe Richards at http://blog.joeware.net/2016/01/04/5683/
Joe has highlighted some important remarks in his blog post. But there is more…

What reasons do people or companies have NOT to implement best practices or ‘forget’ to implement them.
What easily becomes accepted as normal, why not speak up if you think something is wrong…

Just replace the ‘software’ in the article and title by ‘security’ …

Simply must read!
[Or actually, simply must implement, every day.]

Note-to-self: Insider Threat report from Infosecbuddy

Source: http://www.infosecbuddy.com/thank-you-here-is-your-insider-threat-report/

(No, you don’t need to leave your precious dummy contact details…)

From the report:

“Highly publicized insider data theft, such as the recent Morgan Stanley breach or Edward Snowden incident,
highlight the increasing need for better security practices and solutions to reduce the risks posed by insider threats.

This report is the result of comprehensive crowd-based research in cooperation with the
260,000+ member Information Security Community on LinkedIn and Crowd Research Partners to gain more insight into the state
of insider threats and solutions to prevent them.”

Note-to-self: A quick tip to convert Hyper-V .vhdx to .vhd file formats (prep for Windows Azure)

A very useful, quick hint to convert your Hyper-V disk to Azure ready disks…

Source: http://blogs.technet.com/b/cbernier/archive/2013/08/29/converting-hyper-v-vhdx-to-vhd-file-formats-for-use-in-windows-azure.aspx

See also:

Note-to-self: Download free DLA Piper legal start-up pack with legal rules of thumb and templates.

Source: http://trends.knack.be/economie/bedrijven/gratis-juridisch-start-up-pack-voor-technologiestarters/article-normal-541367.html

“This Start-up Pack has been designed and prepared by the (DLA PIPER) Technology Sector initiative, which includes lawyers with experience in intellectual property, corporate, employment and tax matters.

The purpose of this Start-up Pack is to provide assistance and support to early stage start-ups who are looking to establish their business on a more formal basis. Creating the right legal framework and ensuring that the business is protected at the outset is vital for a start-up to achieve its full potential.”