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Azure Active Directory – Issues with User Consent

This blog has been written in collaboration with the Jisc Trust & Identity and Cyber Security teams. Jisc has recently become aware of a potential security risk associated with the default Azure Active Directory (AAD) security settings that are commonly in place across our membership. If your organisation uses AAD (or plans to use it), […]

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Securing Azure Virtual Desktop

With the start of the pandemic last year, and the huge increase of working from home that it prompted, Azure Virtual Desktop (or Windows Virtual Desktop as it was then) became an important tool for providing a wide variety of applications to remote users. Ostensibly AVD is easy and quick to deploy, meaning environments can […]

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Service announcements

The OCRE Cloud Framework – already saving the Jisc community over £4.5 million

The OCRE Cloud Framework is an OJEU-compliant procurement framework, enabling our members and customers to buy public cloud more easily and to save money. Available under the framework are a wide range of cloud platforms, resources and tools, each of which give our members more choice in the way they deliver their services. The available […]

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Remote access and Zero Trust

Zero Trust is a concept which has been around for at least the last decade. Whilst organisations were aware of it and implementing aspects of a Zero Trust architecture, it was not until 2020, for obvious reasons, that pretty much every organisation was forced into thinking about its adoption; responding to a distributed and fragmented […]

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Service announcements

OCRE Cloud Framework – Supplier Workshops 11-13 May

Join Jisc’s series of free online workshops to find out how the OCRE Cloud Framework can benefit your digital transformation. The new framework has got off to a flying start, with over 60 expressions of interest and 21 organisations already contracted to consume cloud services at substantially discounted rates. As Mark Barrow, Infrastructure Manager at […]

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Saving money on ExpressRoute

(This blog post was originally written by James Blessing as part of Jisc’s Shaping the Future of Janet blog). A number of organisations connected to Janet use ExpressRoute to create a dedicated connection from their campus to the Microsoft Azure Platform, others choose to use the multiple high capacity peerings that we have with Microsoft […]

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ADFS – Moving away from federated 365 authentication

Single sign-on (SSO) plays a key part in providing a secure authentication solution. However, the architecture and authentication flow of these solutions are paramount in ensuring that your identity broker retains its availability and integrity. IAM makes up a core component of the NCSC Cloud Security Principles. Therefore, when implemented it is important that the […]

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Service announcements

The OCRE Cloud Framework

A more efficient way to buy cloud for education and research. The OCRE Cloud Framework is a new way to buy cloud for universities, colleges and other research organisations. The framework is OJEU-compliant and offers an easy procurement route for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and associated Software as a […]

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Infrastructure as Code – assessing the options

Introduction Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is a key element to successful cloud adoption. Using IaC, organisations create infrastructure that is both re-usable and reproducible. This consistency helps ensure that applications built in development environments will function the same way in near-identical production environments. Changes can (should!) be planned and controlled through coding best practices such as version […]

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Case studies

Jisc consultancy helps ucisa achieve fully portable cloud IT

Jisc’s cloud solutions team worked to migrate ucisa’s systems to Microsoft’s public cloud infrastructure, using both Azure and Office 365. The migration meant that ucisa now uses public cloud infrastructure for email, membership application, accountancy and web domain services. To see more details please review our ucisa case study