List of Microsoft resources to help you enable remote work

While remote work is a common feature of modern workplaces, it’s become an imperative in light of the current worldwide Corona virus (COVID-19) outbreak. Where it’s feasible, enabling work to happen from homes is a keyway to help keep our employees, customers, partners, and communities healthy and safe.

For those of you using Azure Active Directory (which includes everyone using Office 365), a number of capabilities enable remote work while helping you keep your organization secured.

Here is our list of recommendations for enabling remote work:


  • Network protections (Link)
    • Zero Trust Security (Link)
      • Network perimeter -> Identity perimeter
      • Cloud security, endpoint security
  • Prevention of unauthorized access
    • Azure AD SSO (Link) through Azure AD App Registration (Link) and Application Proxy (Link)
    • Azure AD Conditional Access (Link)
      • Block Legacy Authentication (Link)
    • Azure MFA (Link)
  • Control of authorized user access
    • Intune (Device enrollment, Device compliance) w/ AAD Conditional Access (Link)
    • Azure AD Identity Protection (Link)
    • Tenant restrictions (Link)
  • DLP
    • Office 365 DLP (SPO/ODFB, EXO, Teams) (Link1, Link2)
    • Endpoint DLP (Private Preview)
    • MCAS – Conditional Access App Control (Link)
    • Intune – Block file download/transfer (Link)
  • Malware detection
    • Antivirus for SPO/ODFB (Link)
    • Antivirus and spam filter for EXO (Link)
    • O365 ATP – Advanced Threat Protection for files and links in SPO/ODFB/EXO/Teams (Link)
    • MDATP – Advanced Threat Protection for endpoints (Link)
    • Azure ATP – User and Entity Behavior Analytics (Link)
    • MCAS – Threat Detection on SaaS (Link)
  • Additional resources (Long-term strategies)
    • Azure AD Privileged Identity Management (Link)
    • Azure AD B2B Collaboration (Link) w/ Access Review (Link)
    • Insider Risk Management (Link)
    • Microsoft Information Protection (Link)

  • Microsoft Teams as a virtual office
  • Video instead of email, which is harder to spoof (Link)
  • Self-service Password Reset (Link)
  • Windows Virtual Desktop for developers (Link)
    • Conditional Access or MFA with WVD (Link)
  • File save and share based on ODFB
  • Training (O365 Attack Simulator, Original URL) (Link)
  • Securing privileged access (Link)

[3rd Party References]

*Department of Homeland Security Cyber-security and Infrastructure Security Agency (Link)

*Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (Link)

*Harvard Kennedy School – Cyber-security Campaign Handbook (Link)

[Microsoft References]

*Top 5 ways your Azure AD can help you enable remote work (Link)

*Alternative ways for security professionals and IT to achieve modern security controls in today’s unique remote work scenarios (Link)

*Work remotely, stay secure – guidance for CISOs (Link)

*Running on VPN: How Microsoft is keeping its remote workforce connected (Link)

*The top 9 ways Microsoft IT is enabling emote work for its employees (Link)

*Making it easier for your remote workforce to securely access all the apps they need, from anywhere (Link)

*Top 12 tasks for security teams to support working from home (Link)

*Support remote workers using Microsoft Teams (Link)

*Common identity and device access policies (Link)

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