Microsoft says its Azure Blueprint for the UK Government s Cloud Security Principles will provide the highest level of security for cloud services. Azure Blueprint for the UK Government details how services built on Microsoft s cloud platform1 implement the 14 cloud security principles2 published by the UK s National Cyber Security Centre, which include practices around data governance, authentication and operational security.
The Azure Blueprint UK Government Customer Responsibilities Matrix outlines how Azure implements security controls designed to satisfy each security principle and assists customers in understanding how they may implement safeguards within their Azure solution3 to fulfill the requirements of each principle where they hold a responsibility, said Matt Rathbun, chief information security officer for Azure Government. Microsoft has also released a Blueprint compliance architecture ARM (Azure Resource Manager) template on GitHub, which provides a baseline from which customers can build secure environments in line with the cloud security principles4.
When users create a new group in Yammer it will automatically be part of the Office 365 Groups environment, providing a OneNote notebook, Planner for task management, a SharePoint Online site and a document library.
All shared resources can be access directly from Yammer by all group members, with group membership queries based on Azure Active Directory attributes such as role, location and manager.
This integration between Yammer and Office 3656 Groups affects customers who have enforced Office 365 identity in their networks, and have only one Yammer network associated with their Office 365 tenant, added Connie Woo, product marketing manager at Yammer.
You can also look forward to integration with Outlook Calendar as well as greater enhancements to Yammer integration with SharePoint Online and Planner.
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August 28th, 2015
We would like to draw your attention to a recent near miss at the nursery. You may have noticed our newly repainted side door and we hope you like it, however as a result of having this work carried out the door developed an intermittent fault which prevented it from closing fully.
Thankfully one of our parents noticed this and brought it to the attention of the nursery manger meaning we were able to take immediate action to secure the door. We were very grateful for this vigilance and quick thinking of the parent.
When the parent discovered the door they said they felt concerned as the children s safety was at risk We asked what advice they would give to other parents on dealing with this kind of situation and they urged people to speak to anyone at the nursery or contact the nursery manager if you have any concerns, the children s interests are our common priorities This parent also stated they were very happy and reassured by the response and actions
However this issue could have been resolved a lot sooner with your help and so we are asking all of our parents/carers to be extra vigilant when entering and existing the nursery setting.
The security of the nursery along with the children s safety is paramount so on that note we would like to ask for your help in taking extra care that all doors are closed behind you, this includes the internal doors to the rooms.
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Pakistani authorities are planning to shut down BlackBerry’s secure messaging services in the country towards the end of the year, citing national security reasons.
A leaked memo dated July 22 from the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), seen by ZDNet but its authenticity can’t be immediately verified1, purports to show minutes from a meeting a week prior, calling o three of the largest major cell phone providers to shut down BlackBerry’s encrypted messaging service (BES).
“Due to serious concerns by the security agency, Mobilink, Ufone, and Telenor Pakistan are requested to offer 90 days notice as per the existing provisions to their BES customers for closing their BES connections, and ensure that all BES connections of their customers must be closed by or before November 30 without fail,” the official memo reads.
The named cell providers were asked to submit compliance reports due at the end of the month.
There are thought to be only a few thousand BES customers in the country — most of which are government or business users, or attached to foreign embassies . But authorities are concerned that criminals are also using the encrypted service, which cannot be intercepted, amid almost daily terrorist attacks and abductions from both domestic threats and foreign fighters.
News of the shut down comes just days after British civil liberties group Privacy International said Pakistan’s main intelligence branch was pushing for greater surveillance powers.
In a blog post, the privacy watchdog said the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency was moving to “tap all internet protocol (IP)-bound communications traffic entering or travelling through Pakistan and corresponding monitoring capacities.”
From encrypted instant messengers to secure browsers and operating systems, thees privacy-enhancing apps, extensions, and services can protect you both online and offline.
“It means capacitating the country’s most notorious intelligence service to spy on more of the country’s citizens and expecting it to police its own actions,” the post read.
It’s not the first time BlackBerry has faced being shut down by a government.
The Canadian smartphone maker’s secure messaging service has faced disruption in India, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, and Indonesia, after their governments expressed concern that criminals and terrorists were using the service.
BlackBerry spokesperson Kara Yi said in an emailed statement: “BlackBerry provides the world’s most secure communications platform to government, military and enterprise customers . Protecting that security is paramount to our mission .
While we recognize the need to cooperate with lawful government investigative requests of criminal activity, we have never permitted wholesale access to our BES servers.”
When asked to comment specifically on the reported upcoming Pakistan ban, Yi declined to comment further.
Representatives from Mobilink, Ufone, and Telenor Pakistan did not respond at the time of writing.