Behind the Music: Security and Audit Field Manual for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Enterprise

In case you wondering how I ended up with a Dynamics GP and a Dynamics 365 book at the same time, I’ve got a little piece up on MSDW with the back story.

Behind the Music: Security and Audit Field Manual for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Enterprise – MSDynamicsWorld.com

The Security and Audit Field Manual for MS D365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise


You didn’t think that last announcement was it did you?

I am thrilled to announce the launch of the Security and Audit Field Manual for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations Enterprise Edition. It’s available now in print and Kindle formats on Amazon. My co-author Alex Meyer has delved deeper into D365fFOEE  security than anyone I know, and Andy Snook has forgotten more about controls than I knew in the first place. It was a thrill to be able to write with them.

The problem with security books is that they fall into one of two camps. Security books written by auditors explain good security principles, but don’t offer enough detail for use in a specific application. Books written for applications are often filled with details on boxes to check, but thin on important concepts like mitigating controls.

With the Security and Audit Field Manual, we’ve tried to tackle both. Each chapter addresses a set of security principles and details how those principles can be applied using features in Dynamics 365. What makes these books work is that good principles are good principles regardless of the software involved. The key, the expertise, is in applying those principles to a specific piece of software, without losing the principle in the process.

Well known AX and D365 author, former MVP, and now Microsoftie Murray Fife was kind enough to write the forward. His latest book is A Beginner’s Guide to Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations Enterprise Edition.

Former MVP and also now Microsoftie Joris de Gruyter was kind enough to provide feedback.

The Security and Audit Field Manual for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations Enterprise Edition is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. We will have a limited number of copies at Summit, and we’re happy to sign them for folks, so stop by the Fastpath booth and say Hi!

The Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 Security and Audit Field Manual is Done!

Building on what we started for NetSuite, Andy Snook and I have finished the Microsoft Dynamics GP Security and Audit Field Manual.

The problem with security books is that they fall into one of two camps. Security books written by auditors explain good security principles, but don’t offer enough detail for use in a specific application. Books written for applications are often filled with details on boxes to check, but thin on important concepts like mitigating controls.

With the Security and Audit FieldManual, we’ve tried to tackle both. Each chapter addresses a set of security principles and details how those principles can be applied using features in Dynamics GP.  What’s makes these books work is that good principles are good principles regardless of the software involved. The key, the expertise, is in applying those principles to a specific piece of software, without losing the principle in the process.

Dynamics GP MVP Mariano Gomez was kind enough to write the forward and MVP Belinda Allen helped review the manuscript to ensure that it met the level of quality we wanted. She was also kind enough to give a quote for the cover:

“This book is a must read for anyone in charge of Dynamics GP. I learned a lot from it, and I’m sure you will too.” 

The Microsoft Dynamics GP Security and Audit Field Manual is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. We will have a limited number of copies at Summit and we’re happy to sign them for folks, so stop by the Fastpath booth and say Hi!

Introducing the NetSuite Security and Audit Field Manual 2017.1


One of the things we promised when we created the NetSuite Security and Audit Field Manual was that we would keep it up to date. It’s frustrating to see books tied to a 2011 version of NetSuite. With 2 updates a year, those books are way behind. With that in mind I’m thrilled to announce the 2017.1 update to the field manual. We’ve added in new security features and updates including improvements to 2FA, GL Impact logging, and absolute session timeouts. Now that it’s out, we’re off to work on the 2017.2 update.

Writing Update

Just a quick writing update:

I’m actively working to update the NetSuite Security and Audit Field Manual for version 2017.1. The update should be done next week and the book available sometime in June with reviews, layout, and republishing the new version.

The Microsoft Dynamics GP Security and Audit Field Manual initial manuscript is about half done and running on schedule to be available for the GPUG Summit in October.

The Security and Audit Field Manual for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations Enterprise Edition initial manuscript is also about half done, but it’s taking longer than the GP version, primarily because of less documentation and active changes in D365. (Little things like renaming the whole product to the longest name possible because the old name apparently wasn’t long enough. As someone recently pointed out, the acronym D365FFOEE is actually longer than the original product name Axapta. I swear Microsoft marketing would name a car “Microsoft Gasoline Propulsion Vehicle for the Conveyance of People and Cargo.” ) The book is still on track to be done in time for the AXUG Summit in October, fingers crossed.

I’m working to figure out the plot for the next Lizard Wong novel. Two or three options are in the works, but no decisions yet.