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Microsoft Defender ATP Standalone is Now Available!

Only two years overdue, Microsoft Defender ATP standalone is now available! Since announcing Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection for MacOS and Linux last year, Microsoft Continue Reading

The Complete Office 365 and Microsoft 365 Licensing Comparison

I've only met one other person that could write the complete Office 365 and Microsoft 365 licensing comparison. That person is Glenton Davis, Sr. Product Continue Reading

An Election in Today’s Tech Age: from Social Media to Artificial Intelligence

Election day in the U.S. is just around the corner. We've seen all the usual pre-election activities: lots of campaign news coverage; an influx of Continue Reading

A Look at AI in Gartner’s Hype Cycle

Artificial intelligence has definitely received a lot of hype in recent years. This has been a long time coming in regard to the general concept Continue Reading

Diversity Drives Success in Organizations

It was this day in 1492 when Christopher Columbus first reached the island of Guanahani in the Bahamas. We've come a long way since then, Continue Reading

Persuasive Technology: How Can We Make It More Ethical?

Have you read much about captology? It's not a term frequently used, but it addresses a pervasive issue in our now very digital world. Captology Continue Reading

Lost Your Internet Connection? Try These 5 Tips

Let's see if you can relate... You're in the middle of an important work meeting and it's your turn to share the details of a Continue Reading

What is Project Cortex?

How many times has someone on your team tried to collaborate on a document in SharePoint and had to ask where the document is? Or, Continue Reading

What’s New with Cognitive Services and AI at Microsoft Ignite 2020?

Microsoft's annual Ignite conference for technology leaders is underway. Curious about what's been said about AI at Microsoft Ignite 2020? We were too. With the Continue Reading

Top Announcements from Microsoft Ignite 2020

We're always here to give you timely highlights of conference events. This week is Microsoft Ignite 2020, the tech giant's annual gathering for technology leaders. Continue Reading

EA or CSP Licensing: Which is a Better Choice for Your Company?

We understand Microsoft 365 licensing. Probably even better than the Microsoft product teams. Need proof? Check out our industry-recognized Microsoft 365 comparison chart. Our team Continue Reading

Artificial Intelligence Applications That Can Save Lives

Over the past several years, artificial intelligence has become a subject of increasing curiosity. It's grown in the public imagination as well as in technological Continue Reading

Insider Risk Management with AI and ML

Additional remote work and online activity have made individuals and organizations more vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. Many organizations overlook these threats, and often when they Continue Reading

Microsoft Not Acquiring TikTok

Update: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft is not acquiring TikTok and plans to announce Oracle as the winner. Good news for your Continue Reading

Forrester Study Shows 123% ROI from Microsoft Azure AD

Part of a successful business is being able to find and implement the options that will bring the best returns on investment (ROI), both in Continue Reading

Remote Work Leaves Many Organizations Open to Cybersecurity Risks

With COVID-19 as an ongoing threat, people have moved to remote work at home more than ever before. Many have made this change unexpectedly, feeling Continue Reading

CBRS Deployments set to Drive Innovative Wireless Solutions

Citizens Broadband Radio Service (or CBRS for short) is the basis on which organizations can build their own private 4G/5G networks. Built in a 150 Continue Reading

Working from Home’s Effect on the Brain

If you've shifted to remote work over the past few months, you may have wondered about---or noticed---working from home's effect on the brain. Maybe you Continue Reading

Microsoft Announces Zero Trust Implementation Partnership with Infused Innovations

Microsoft and Infused Innovations have announced a joint partnership to accelerate Zero Trust deployments in the Microsoft cloud. Infused Innovations is now the only managed Continue Reading

Infused Innovations Named Top 10 Most Trusted Cybersecurity Company in 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2020  Infused Innovations Named Top 10 Most Trusted Cybersecurity Company in 2020 by Industry Wired Magazine Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected]   Industry Continue Reading

Infused Innovations Ranks No. 1348 on the Inc. 5000 List for 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 12, 2020  Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected] Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000 NEW YORK, August 12, Continue Reading

Using Machine Learning to Beat a Video Game

Our brains are always reacting to stimuli and continually adapting those reactions for improved outcomes. In the first years of our lives, this process taught Continue Reading

Infused Innovations Continues their Commitment to Responsible AI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2020  Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected] Certification Process to Support Practice Growth North Kingstown, RI: Infused Innovations has successfully completed one of the first steps towards the new Microsoft AI Engineering Continue Reading

Compliance Comparison of Remote Assist Apps with MCAS

Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS) is the most powerful Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR) tool in the Microsoft security portfolio after Azure Sentinel and Continue Reading

Top Azure Announcements from Microsoft Inspire 2020

It's a big week for Microsoft partners and others who like to follow the tech company's developments. Microsoft Inspire 2020 just took place on July Continue Reading

Accessibility in Microsoft 365

Everyone wants to be more productive at work. And everyone should have the opportunity to do their best work, regardless of their particular abilities and Continue Reading

Fake Bosses, COVID-19, and Darth Vader: Interns Learn to Safeguard Against Every Threat

"Safeguard against every threat..." It's what the CEO advised our five-year-old interns Joey and Walt to do. In the past several weeks they've learned a Continue Reading

Telephone Plans in Microsoft Teams

If you're familiar with Microsoft Teams, you probably know it as a hub for communication and collaboration within the workplace. It serves as a convenient Continue Reading

Responsible AI for Responsible Democracy

Imagine for a moment, as you may have already done at some point, this scenario: artificial intelligence has reached a level of sophistication where it Continue Reading

Using Power BI to Analyze COVID-19

Microsoft's Power BI---short for Business Intelligence---is often used to drive business decisions and strategies through graphs and other interactive visualizations. These applications include forecasting sales, Continue Reading

Microsoft Tools Every Intern Should Know About

Here at Infused Innovations we have a couple new interns, and...well, they've got a lot to learn. Walt and Joey are only five years old, Continue Reading

How Well Do You Know Your Customers? Gain a 360-Degree Customer View

If you run a business that relies on customer loyalty, you know how important your customer data is. You may be running a customer relationship Continue Reading

Statement from our CEO: We Stand With Those Calling for Justice, Equality, and True Democracy

The events of the past several days have made us at Infused Innovations question whether we can continue doing our jobs in information security and Continue Reading

Updates in Windows 10 version 2004

Microsoft has put forth its Windows 10 version 2004 update, or its Spring 2020 release. (The number 2004 refers to 2020 April---even though it was Continue Reading

Top 10 Security Best Practices for Azure in 2020

Threat landscapes are constantly evolving. There are new AI & ML products on the market to address these constantly evolving threats. Let's start with the Continue Reading

Top Microsoft Build 2020 Announcements

We love it when a big tech conference rolls around with exciting new announcements. (See our write-ups on Microsoft Ignite and RSA!) This one, Microsoft Continue Reading

Microsoft Teams for Education

Raise your hand if you've been frustrated with the distance learning platforms your child uses for school at home. If we were on a Zoom Continue Reading

A Zero Trust Guide for Azure AD

In today's digital world---especially with the additional remote work taking place under shelter-at-home practices---it's crucial to have a strong security framework. We've discussed before how Continue Reading

Microsoft Spring Releases: Work Anywhere, Secure Everywhere

For those working in information technology and security, it's always exciting to see what new products and improvements are being released. Now more than ever, Continue Reading

Security Poverty Lines

When we think of the term "security poverty lines," we rarely think of organizations' abilities to maintain good hardware and cybersecurity. Yet this is a Continue Reading

Addressing Common Concerns of File Integrity Monitoring

There are some common concerns of File Integrity Monitoring that are worth addressing. Also called change monitoring, FIM is a security technique that uses a Continue Reading

The Future is Now: How AI and Robotics Can Help Fight Disease

Most people think that technologies like AI, drones, and robots are years away from really becoming usable. We've been seeing them in sci-fi movies and Continue Reading

Using Zoom? You Just Failed Your Compliance Audit

Have you been on a Zoom group call recently? I have---not for work, but my kids' school class has done online show-and-tell over Zoom, and Continue Reading

Teams and OneDrive keep Microsoft at the Top of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant

Seeing Microsoft at the top of Gartner's Magic Quadrant isn't surprising. Microsoft was a leader for Gartner's Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) evaluation last summer. And Continue Reading

Microsoft 365 Compliance Center Addresses New Privacy Regulations

In 2018, the European Union enacted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the first major policy protecting consumer data. That spearheaded greater attention and concern over Continue Reading

Pros and Cons of the Zero Trust Model

The Zero Trust model is a security framework that operates like its name suggests: it follows the policy of trusting no one, including those within Continue Reading

Work From Home to Reduce your Exposure to COVID-19

As the novel Coronavirus continues to spread, we're hearing this advice more and more: work from home to avoid spreading COVID-19. Just a month after Continue Reading

Why Ransomware Is Still a Problem

There's a misconception out there that ransomware is declining and becoming a threat of the past. This assumption can be dangerous, though, because it's not Continue Reading

Microsoft Plans to be Carbon Negative by 2030

Scientists have overwhelmingly shown that our climate is warming and that human-related carbon emissions are a cause of it. But with some politicians and leaders Continue Reading

Top Announcements at RSA 2020

Life is buzzing in San Francisco and the RSA conference is in full swing! RSA is an annual data security conference that's big news for Continue Reading

Top Microsoft Announcements at RSA 2020

The security-centric RSA Conference kicks off this week in San Francisco. Following the conference news is a great way to stay updated about the latest Continue Reading

Data Privacy is Good Global Citizenship

Did you know there's a Data Privacy Day? If you hadn't heard of it before, chances are you saw it this year in a news Continue Reading

10 Ways to Use Microsoft 365 for Campaigns in 2020

As we near this year's U.S. presidential election, one big concern on people's minds is whether the process will be secure and free from outside Continue Reading

Step-by-Step Guide to Build, Train & Deploy ML Models with Custom Vision

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are more than just buzzwords. Every day these technologies fuel advancements that impact our lives, optimize and automate Continue Reading

Microsoft Adds Campaign Views in Office 365 ATP Stack

Microsoft's Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is a robust anti-malware and virus email filtering service. With the addition of its new feature campaign views Continue Reading

NSA Reports a Critical Windows Vulnerability

The NSA Reports a Critical Windows Vulnerability warning of a critical vulnerability in Microsoft Windows' cryptographic functionality. This is the first time that the National Continue Reading

AccountGuard and Microsoft Security for Political Campaigns in 2020

If you're like any of the other 250 million adults in the U.S., you're probably worried about political campaign interference. This is a concern that Continue Reading

Top 3 Anti-Ransomware Guards for Windows 10 in 2020

Ransomware attacks are increasing exponentially. Infused Innovations sees this trend continuing into 2020 and we want to share a few ways that we protect our Continue Reading

Infused Innovations Named Top 10 Security Provider in 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Infused Innovations Named Top 10 Security Provider in 2019 by Enterprise Security Magazine Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected]   Enterprise Security magazine published their list of the Continue Reading

California Consumer Privacy Act Goes into Effect January 1, 2020

With the advancement of technology and the digital nature of our lives today, privacy has become a pressing issue. Consumers want to know that their Continue Reading

Infused Innovations Is Excited To Announce New Director Of Marketing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Infused Innovations is Excited to Announce New Director of Marketing Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected]   North Kingstown, RI: On Monday, Infused Innovations formally announced the promotion of Continue Reading

Microsoft’s Azure Arc

One of the big announcements that Microsoft made at its Ignite conference this year was about Azure Arc, which allows you to use Azure capabilities Continue Reading

Infused Innovations Earns the Microsoft Security Competency

The Microsoft Security competency has been awarded to Infused Innovations for their recently announced Intelligent Threat Protection service. ITP is a security orchestration, automation, and Continue Reading

Get Your Organization Ready to Leave Passwords Behind

So many passwords, such a headache and waste of keystrokes...I'm ready to drop these things completely. Chances are, you or your employees have felt this Continue Reading

Infused Innovations Launches Managed Infused Threat Protection

Infused Innovations is announcing their new managed Infused Threat Protection (ITP) service that is replacing their Secqur Aether platform. Along with the rebrand, Infused Innovations Continue Reading

Start Moving to Modern Authentication

Microsoft has announced that it will end support for Basic Authentication in Exchange Online next year, on October 13, 2020. Various protocols will change their Continue Reading

Writing an Effective Security Incident Response Procedure

If you're a chief information security officer, you need to write security incident response procedure documents (I'll call them SIRPdocs). And your job can depend Continue Reading

Microsoft Flow is Now Power Automate

Automation is a big topic today in the tech world. If you've heard of Microsoft Flow, that may be thanks to its robotic process automation Continue Reading

Step-by-Step Guide to Install FSLogix on WVD

With the recent GA of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) Microsoft has extended its ability to deliver important endpoint capabilities to users anywhere in the world. Continue Reading

Microsoft 365 Plans for Non-Profits

Non-profit organizations often underestimate their risk of cyber attacks. This leaves them more vulnerable than they realize and oftentimes an easier target than other kinds Continue Reading

Microsoft Ignite 2019’s Top Announcements

Microsoft Ignite is the annual conference where the tech giant gets to show off its exciting new developments. The company's many announcements are of interest Continue Reading

Windows Autopilot for Workstation Imaging

The typical process of acquiring new devices and configuring them for company use is a bit of a headache. It goes something like this: your Continue Reading

PSA: Patch BlueKeep and DejaBlue Now

Microsoft issued two of the same warnings to its users this year: patch BlueKeep and DejaBlue on your vulnerable Windows systems. When the first and Continue Reading

MAM and Intune: Sandboxing Corporate Data

In line with all of Microsoft's products, Intune is designed to deliver top security for corporate data while optimizing user productivity. In this case, we're Continue Reading

Microsoft 365 Plans for Education

Educational institutions face the cybersecurity risks of other organizations and more. Because of certain factors inherent to the nature of educational places, these institutions are Continue Reading

What is Azure Sentinel?

Just as a soldier stands guard, ready to defend against surprise attacks, so stands this duo of SIEM + SOAR for your Security Operations Center Continue Reading

Connect to WVD from Anywhere

After you deploy WVD, use the links below to download the remote desktop client for your device to connect to WVD. Use the native client Continue Reading

WVD Pricing Guide (Windows Virtual Desktop)

WVD was released in preview back in March, and our step-by-step guide to deploy WVD is one of our most popular posts. Pricing for WVD Continue Reading

Pricing for Azure Sentinel is GA

After being in Preview since February 2019, Microsoft just announced the General Availability and pricing for Azure Sentinel today! As a Gold Microsoft Partner with Continue Reading

Shared Responsibility Matrix for Cloud Services

When migrating to the cloud, organizations sometimes mistakenly assume that the cloud service provider (CSP) takes on the role of securing their data and maintaining Continue Reading

Shadow IT Discovery with Microsoft Cloud App Security

Apps! You run the world! I can just hear Beyonce's voice in my head--mainly because I just listened to it on Google Play Music. And Continue Reading

Cybersecurity Automation with Azure Sentinel for SIEM and SOAR

Traditional security operations centers could get away with pre-set prevention technology and detection mechanisms based on prior knowledge of attack methods. But in the past Continue Reading

Microsoft Intune for Unified Endpoint Management Leads in Gartner’s UEM Magic Quadrant 2019

It only took 18 months for Gartner to go from describing Microsoft Intune for Unified Endpoint Manager as an "infant" to making it a leader. Continue Reading

Financial Cybersecurity for Modern Hacks on World Banks

We hear about a large world bank hack almost every week these days. From the recent Capital One breach to the European Central Bank attack, Continue Reading

A Guide to Ransomware Protection with Microsoft 365

Protecting modern IT systems from ransomware is fairly simple now with Microsoft 365. Microsoft uses AI models and machine learning to process 6.5 trillion daily Continue Reading

Embracing and Growing An Innovation Mindset

If you think of buzzwords that different people like to apply to their businesses, “innovative” is often at the top of the list. However, there’s Continue Reading

Microsoft’s Windows Defender AV Earns “Top Product” Award in June 2019 Antivirus Comparison

Microsoft's Windows Defender AV just received the top score and "Top Product" award from the independent German institute, AV-Test. Wow, that's not something you hear Continue Reading

Go Passwordless With Microsoft 365

Using SMS for MFA and resetting passwords every 90 days is a losing game. People write passwords on sticky notes, and your phone carrier will Continue Reading

The Fundamentals of a Strong Cybersecurity Framework

The intent of implementing a cybersecurity framework is to increase the effort of an attacker to gain privileged access. By breaking the attacker's economic attack Continue Reading

Step-by-Step Guide to Configure Valimail for DMARC Monitoring With Office 365 and Azure SSO

Last month, Microsoft announced that anyone with an active Office 365 subscription can configure Valimail for DMARC monitoring for free! Great! But what the heck Continue Reading

Zero Trust Security Concepts and Microsoft 365

88 records were lost or stolen every second in 2017, and that number is only likely to increase. The two most common settings for these Continue Reading

Guide to Deploy Gen2 VMs in Azure

This week Microsoft announced the public preview of support to deploy gen2 VMs in Azure. Gen2 VMs have been around since Windows Server 2012 R2 Continue Reading

Guide to Deploy Office 365 ProPlus in Windows Virtual Desktop

I deployed Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) four times the day it came out and shared my thoughts about it. One of the first questions I Continue Reading

Step-by-Step Guide to Deploy Azure Sentinel

Azure Sentinel is by far the most exciting announcement out of Redmond so far this year. Aside from that, what is Azure Sentinel? It's a Continue Reading

Infused Innovations Earns Microsoft DevOps Gold Competency for their Azure DevSecOps Platform: Intelligent Threat Protection

We are proud to congratulate the Infused Innovations engineering team for their continued demonstration of expertise across the Microsoft cloud ecosystem. As Infused Innovations expands Continue Reading

Step-by-Step Guide to Securing Windows Virtual Desktop in Azure with Conditional Access and MFA

One of my biggest complaints about using Azure AD P1 to issue Azure MFA challenges on a traditional RDS deployment via RADIUS authentication is that Continue Reading

Step-by-Step Guide to Deploy Windows Virtual Desktop in Azure

Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) was finally released to public preview GA (UPDATED 9/2019), so here's your step-by-step guide to deploy Windows Virtual Desktop! For those Continue Reading

Threat Hunting with Azure AD Premium Subscriptions

Every cloud security workshop that I perform with a client to enable Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EM+S) suite typically yields an unpleasant surprise. I Continue Reading

Troubleshooting Code Challenges and SQL with Azure App Insights

Sometimes we are engaged to solve tough infrastructure performance problems. We’ve all been in situations where the infrastructure team is blaming the developers, the developers Continue Reading

Better together: Conditional Access with Azure MFA (Multifactor Authentication)

As enabling multifactor authentication is the number one security recommendation to improve your Microsoft Secure Score, let’s take a look at why it's better to Continue Reading

You’re on the Wrong Microsoft 365 License for your Business

Well, you're probably on the wrong Microsoft 365 business license. If you’re on one of the following plans, then skip this article: Microsoft 365 E5Microsoft Continue Reading

Infused Innovations Acquires Serengeti Labs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Infused Innovations Acquires Serengeti Labs Enhancing Focus on Applied Technology, AI, Machine Learning, and IoT Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected]   North Kingstown, RI: On Continue Reading

Top 10 Security Best Practices with Microsoft 365 in 2020

Welcome to my initial blog post for our Secure Modern Workplace series! At Infused Innovations, one of our core security philosophies is that human minds Continue Reading

Infused Innovations Announces New CISO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Infused Innovations Announces New CISORepresents the importance of Cybersecurity for Organizations of all Sizes  Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected]   North Kingstown, RI: On Monday, Infused Continue Reading