Dwayne Natwick

Dwayne Natwick

MVP - Azure, MCT Regional Lead, Sr. Cloud Training Architect for Opsgility/Skill Me UP

Dwayne is a Microsoft MVP for Azure, and an author, trainer, and product manager with over 30 years of experience in the IT industry. He is certified in multiple Azure and M365 roles, including Azure Solution Architect Expert, Azure Administrator Associate, Azure Security Engineer Associate, and Microsoft 365 Security Administrator Associate.

In addition to creating curriculum, training, and blog writing, Dwayne is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Regional Lead.

Current sessions

Managing governance and compliance for Microsoft 365 and Teams

This session will provide an overview of the challenges that administrators and organizations face in a remote user environment in governing the confidentiality and integrity of data. I will discuss some ways to create and govern policies within Microsoft 365 and Teams to maintain governance of access to applications and data for remote users. I will look at how the security and compliance dashboard can be used to monitor policy compliance for protection of information and user identity. And finally, we will talk about how regulatory compliance can be monitored and managed through the Service Trust Portal


Azure Fundamentals Series - Security services, business continuity, governance, and subscriptions

In this session, we will discuss the various security, monitoring, and management services within Azure. We will discuss business continuity and governance within Azure. We will wrap up this series with a review of how Azure subscriptions are categorized.


Azure Fundamentals Series - Core PaaS and Database services

In this session, we will discuss the various platform services within Azure, including App Services, Databases (SQL and no-SQL), Container services, and server-less/microservices.


Azure Fundamentals Series - Core IaaS, storage, and network services

In this session, we will discuss the core compute, storage, and network services within the Azure environment. This will include Virtual Machines, Azure storage, and VNETs.


Azure Fundamentals Series - Cloud concepts and the Azure structure

In this session, we will explore the basic concepts and services that pertain to cloud services and technologies. We will highlight where some of the Azure service relate to these services.


Using Azure to build and monitor a Defense in Depth security posture

Building a strong defense in depth security posture is much like building and protecting a house. There are multiple levels of security. This session will focus on the foundational areas of protection: Identity protection, Monitoring and Patching, and Data Protection, and how Azure Policy and Azure Security Center can be used to monitor, audit, and manage the environment to protect resources and data.


Using Azure Policy initiatives for organizational governance

Challenges arise within a cloud environment when resources can be created that may affect, cost, security, or regulatory jurisdictions. Role-based access control (RBAC) and the principles of least privilege provide levels of restriction to users and groups within the environment as to what resources they can access or create, but they do not set parameters on where they can be created, the level of cost, or the security requirements. Azure policies are created, assigned, and utilized to govern the resources within your Azure subscription. Policies should be put in place based on the business, security, and financial requirements of the organization. This session will explore these three areas and examples of each that can be assigned and monitored.


Starting Your Azure Exam prep with Microsoft Learn

This session will navigate through Microsoft Learn and how to setup an account, view learning paths, exams, and certification topics, and creating your own Azure exam preparation roadmap.


So You want to be an Azure Architect Expert - Security and Identity

This session will cover the various security and identity management topics necessary for the Azure Architect Expert exams. These will include Azure AD and Azure AD connect, RBAC and MFA, Azure Policy and Security Center, Azure Monitor, and Log Analytics.


So You want to be an Azure Solutions Architect Expert

This session will lay the foundation to get you on the path to becoming an Azure Solutions Architect Expert. We will discuss the exams required and the objective areas covered.


So You want to be an Azure Architect Expert - Labs

This session will go through some hands-on labs to set up resources within Azure. This will include creating a Virtual Machine scale set and availability set, VNET creating and peering, Storage account creation, Database creation with elastic pools, and configuring Azure Migrate and Azure Site Recovery projects.


So You want to be an Azure Architect Expert - PaaS

This session will cover the platform services with Azure needed to pass the Azure Architect Expert exam. These will include App services, Azure Functions, Logic Apps, Event hub, Event grid, and CDN.


So You want to be an Azure Architect Expert - IaaS

This session will cover the various IaaS services needed to pass the Azure Architect Expert exam, including Virtual Machines, Scale sets, availability sets, availability zones, virtual networks, VNET peering, Virtual gateways, hybrid networks, and Load balancers. We will touch on migration and site recovery as well.


Protecting your Azure house - Best Practices for Data security

An organization is expected to provide an environment where information is available from anywhere at anytime for users. The growth of cloud technologies has provided a means and a challenge to organizations as they enrich the accessibility of information and applications. Attending this presentation will provide guidance on how to enable best practices within the organization to secure data and application access through the tools provided within cloud environments. These best practices will allow an organization to excel in the ability to provide an expanded ability to enrich user experience and attract talent with the availability of information, while maintaining organizational confidentiality and integrity.


So You want to be an Azure Architect Expert - Data and Storage

This session will cover the data and storage areas to understand when preparing for the Azure Solutions Architect Expert exams. This will include Azure Storage accounts, Azure Data Lake, and Azure Database options.


Building a Certification Roadmap

I will provide guidance and resources that can get you on a path to getting certified in cloud technologies.


Breaking down the use of Platform Service in Azure

This session will help to break down and simplify choosing platform services in Azure. Including the benefits that come with the use of platform services (PaaS) versus infrastructure services (IaaS).


Becoming a Certified Azure Developer Associate

Attending this session will provide you with some guidance on determining your certification path and roadmap, beginning your exam prep, learning resources, and an overview of the objectives for the exam AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure, related to the Azure Developer Associate Certification.


How to connect Office 365 and Cloud App Security into Azure Sentinel SIEM

This session will provide a 'how-to' guide in connecting Office 365 and Cloud App Security into the Azure Sentinel SIEM to monitor and investigate sign in and application activity. You will learn how to prepare the 365 subscriptions and how to connect the data sources. Once connected, we will review the information that is provided to Azure Sentinel.


Past and future events

Michigan Azure and M365 User group

20 May 2020 - 29 Jan 2025

Cloud Lunch and Learn

4 May 2020 - 1 Jan 2021

Global Azure Virtual

22 Apr 2020 - 24 Apr 2020
Seattle, Washington, United States