The Drive On 17 - Release Notes

August 20, 2023

Welcome to the new home for my Twitter X bot: @TheDriveOn17 (formerly called "TrafficOn17").

What’s New

Version 2.1 - Fixed a minor glitch in delivery that was preventing twitter feed updates.

Version 2.0 - Reintroduction of the app bot after some extended time away. Minor tweaks to monitoring automation. . . .

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Highway 17 Traffic Bot Updates

Out with the old, in with the new.

August 19, 2023

After an incredibly long hiatus, I've decided the time is right to update my traffic bot for Highway 17.

There's just one issue: due to a confluence of events, I have to create a new Twitter X account.

So, consider this a friendly announcement for the new and improved bot: @TheDriveOn17

More to come soon . . .

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[SC-100] Conditional access "what if" tool

More security controls in the market need a feature like this.

August 16, 2023

I'm digging the "What If" tool in Azure Conditional Access component. The idea is simple: as you're building policies, you can throw various scenarios at the policy engine to understand what the heck it'll do.

This gives admins the opportunity to observe effects and perhaps test variations of authentication use . . .

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[SC-100] Sensitive Operations Report Workbook

August 16, 2023

Just a friendly reminder that the Microsoft sensitive operations report workbook exists and can be super helpful.

For those unfamiliar, it's an Azure Monitor workbook designed to capture activities/events that could be critical or impactful for Azure AD. Examples include:

  • Modified application and service . . .

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[SC-100] Data Residency Exceptions For Azure

Exceptions you say? Hmm...

August 15, 2023

This is just a quick note to remind folks that cloud service providers can (and often do) have exceptions to data residency. As an example, check out Microsoft Azure's platform notes here.

Operational statements like this change from moment to moment but, for the purpose of illustration, here's an example line:

. . .

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[SC-100] What's the difference between STIX and TAXII?

August 13, 2023

I've heard this question come up a few times so I thought it would be a good blog topic: what's the difference between "STIX" and "TAXII"?

It's actually pretty straight-forward:

  • STIX stands for "Structured Threat Information Expressions" and is a structured data format for . . .

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[SC-100] Azure Blueprints vs Azure Landing Zone

August 13, 2023

This was another topic that was a little confusing: what's the difference between Azure Blueprints and Azure Landing Zone?

I came across various Microsoft documentation but it was still a little... vague.

Here's a nice table, provided courtesy of Google Bard:


(usual disclaimer about AI-provided . . .

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