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The Complete Office 365 and Microsoft 365 Licensing Comparison

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 Marketing Manager at Microsoft. (Although, I did stump him on a few CAS unified...
Budgeting for Microsoft Defender XDR and Zero Trust Security

Budgeting for Microsoft Defender XDR and Zero Trust Security

Building a Zero Trust Security framework with 20+ vendors has zero chance of success. This is why budgeting for Microsoft Defender XDR for Zero Trust Security must be at the forefront of a modern cybersecurity strategy for organizations of any...
Microsoft Defender ATP Standalone is Now Available!

Microsoft Defender ATP Standalone is Now Available!

Product is now named: Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. 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 was still requiring customers to purchase a...

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Blog 11 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 Marketing Manager at Microsoft. (Although, I did stump him on a few CAS unified labeling features…after he schooled me about the new Microsoft 365 Security E5 plan.) To put it another way: Microsoft subscriptions are confusing. The Complete Office 365 and Microsoft 365 Licensing Comparison Read More Blog 12 Budgeting for Microsoft Defender XDR and Zero Trust Security Building a Zero Trust Security framework with 20+ vendors has zero chance of success. This is why budgeting for Microsoft Defender XDR for Zero Trust Security must be at the forefront of a modern cybersecurity strategy for organizations of any size that are running Microsoft Windows or Office 365. Read More Blog 13 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 was still requiring customers to purchase a Windows 10 E5 license if they wanted access to MD ATP. But that is changing this month, now that a standalone MDATP SKU has been made available! Microsoft Defender ATP

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AI for Earth: Examples of Technology Leading Environmental Change

Here are some examples of how leaders around the globe are using technology and AI to bring about environmental change.

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Gartner’s 2020 Hype Cycle for Cloud Security

Over the past several years, companies have gradually been moving their data and work processes to the cloud. Some have been reluctant to make this move, though, most often because of concerns about cloud security. Even for the most avid supporters of cloud-based work, security is an important issue. And accordingly, Gartner has a Hype…

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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 calls, texts, and mail urging us to vote for particular candidates and measures; the signs up around the neighborhood declaring homeowners’ stances. But we’ve now entered an age where there’s…

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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 of AI. Imagine the first articles you ever read about AI, or the increasing multitude of films that feature various robots as characters. When it comes to more specific and…

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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, and people now largely recognize that he wasn’t the first to discover the Americas. In fact, many places in the United States now call this holiday Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead,…

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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 is the study of persuasive technology—it was coined in the 1990s by BJ Fogg based on an acronym for Computers As Persuasive Technologies. It looks at any technological devices or…

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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 major project you’ve been working pretty hard on. Right as you get the spotlight to share with your team, the connection gets choppy. Your team says “you’re cutting out, we…

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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, how often have you found two people working on the same task but in different departments? Coming soon, Microsoft’s Cognitive Services and AI will be tackling these exact issues. Microsoft’s…

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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 growing relevance of AI today, it makes sense for it to be a prevalent topic at Ignite. Here’s a look at some of the biggest news in AI from the…

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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. A day into the event, here’s a recap of some of the most important news. Satya Nadella’s Keynote: Building Digital Resiliency   Azure Automanage and New Availability Zones If your…

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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 actively responds to community questions on our blog and also via the r/Office365 subreddit. If you’re still skeptical, keep reading. There are a few different ways to purchase Microsoft offerings.…

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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 research and professional use. New AI technologies are being developed so rapidly that we often don’t realize the extent to which they can contribute to both productivity and health. There…

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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 do address them, they focus on outside attacks. They can easily fail to see potential risk that lies within their own internal network. And these internal threats are more common…

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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 teenage kids: their favorite new app may soon undergo some big security improvements. Actually, they may not even be paying attention to the strengths or weaknesses behind this trendy video-sharing…

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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 security and financial gains. One of the pertinent investments that businesses face today is in digital security, especially with the spreading out of employees working at home due to COVID-19.…

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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 their way in a process they weren’t planning on adopting. For those who didn’t work remotely before, adapting to the new scenario while maintaining productivity and well-being have been common…

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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 Mhz section of the radio spectrum between 3550 MHz and 3700 MHz (commonly referred to simply as “3.5 GHz”), the freeing up of the CBRS band stems from the 2010…

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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 feel like it’s been exhausting, and you wouldn’t be alone in that impression. Not only have many employees personally reported difficulty in their transitions to work at home—there are brainwave…

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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 service provider that offers both Zero Trust implementation and ongoing services in the Azure Marketplace. Through this partnership and with this unique advantage, the two companies look forward to helping…

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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 Wired magazine published its list of the top 10 most trusted cybersecurity companies in 2020 and Infused Innovations is excited to be at the top of the list.  With the ever-increasing risk for cyber-attacks,…

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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, 2020 – Inc. magazine today revealed that Infused Innovations is No. 1348 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The annual…

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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 us how to get food, move around efficiently, and learn what was safe to play with. It took a lot of sensory input and repetition before we could eventually use…

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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 certification. Successful completion of the new Microsoft AI-100 exam demonstrates its support and investment in the Microsoft AI Platform and Azure AI Engineer certification track.  The new Azure AI Engineer Associate certification is the foundation for implementing AI solutions using machine learning & cognitive…

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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 Log Analytics. This gives it a significant role in identifying and responding to cybercrime taking place within applications. MCAS not only supports breach investigations, but it also has a catalog…

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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 21-22, as a free digital event in light of COVID-19 restrictions. Much of the important news revolves around Azure, Microsoft’s overarching set of cloud services designed for use up to…

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Accessibility in Microsoft 365

Today’s companies have diversities of all kinds—not just race and gender but age and ability as well. Everyone should have the opportunity to do their best work, regardless of their particular abilities and challenges. Infused Innovations is committed to helping users of all capabilities achieve more and be more productive. We see this as part…

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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 great deal, all while working from home under COVID-19. If you haven’t checked out this cute video series, you can watch their adventures on our YouTube page. Here we’ll go…

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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 place to do group or individual chat, calling, and file sharing. But Teams offers even more than that. It’s also a good platform for education and distance learning, and even…

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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 can manipulate and oppress human beings, interfere with democratic elections, spread false and distorted information, and promote its own advancement at the expense of those in weaker positions. Now, erase…

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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, expenses, hiring, etc. In working with Power BI, I’ve come to realize that while this tool is remarkably helpful, its use tends to be limited to these specialized business spheres.…

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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, though, so we’ll cut them some slack. They’ve actually been doing fabulously in our short-clip video series designed to inform others of some resources every intern should know about. We…

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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 management (CRM) solution to keep track of your customers’ experiences with your company. But in many cases, the separate elements of this data are kept in “silos” that make a…

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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 AI without addressing the social vulnerabilities that have increasingly been exposed in our nation and our world. The answer is: no, we cannot. What we stand for—responsible innovation, global sustainability,…

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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 released in May. Microsoft notes that it chose to use 04 over 03 in order to avoid confusion with the year 2003. Still confused? The first two digits refer to…

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Top 10 Security Best Practices for Azure in 2021

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 basics and make sure the front door is locked. Here are the top 10 security best practices for Azure that we deploy for every client at Infused Innovations. 1. Create…

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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 Build 2020, is especially interesting because of our current situation. In the last two months, the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred as much digital transformation as we might otherwise expect in…

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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 call, I think we’d see nearly everyone raising their hand (the kids included). And that’s not mentioning higher education, where college students and university professors often feel like they’re grasping…

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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 a Zero Trust policy provides solid protection against attacks. But implementing this practice does take extra work. Let’s go over some guidelines that can help get you started with this…

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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, under novel circumstances with so many employees working from home, many of us are anxious to see what these latest releases can offer to help us navigate remote work smoothly…

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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 largely unrecognized problem for many of today’s companies. In a podcast on Security Nation, head of of advisory CISO services at Duo Security Wendy Nather discusses the problem of the…

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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 known baseline as a measure for verifying the current safety of an operating system and its software. Basically, it defines a safe “normal” and gauges current activity based on whether…

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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 imaginative fiction for a while now, but for the most part these robotics still seem to have a futuristic feel to them. What many people don’t realize, though, is that…

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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 my extended family has organized virtual gatherings with it. Schools and universities use it as their go-to platform for online teaching. Friends are using it for happy hour meetups. And,…

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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 in the fall, it came out on top once again for the Magic Quadrant on Content Services Platforms. We cited Microsoft 365 and Intune as key components driving Microsoft’s achievement…

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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 the issue of data privacy, and other places around the globe have since followed the EU’s lead. The state of California is one of those places, having recently instituted its…

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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 the network. Every entity (inside or outside the network) is assumed to be a potential threat and should not be considered safe until it is checked and verified. Thus, every…

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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 it was first detected in China, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern on January 30. According to the Centers for Disease Control and…

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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 accurate—as our own interns have learned. Ransomware attacks did decline over the course of 2018, but that lull didn’t end up being a continuous trend. Increased ransomware attacks and…

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Microsoft Defender ATP Standalone is Now Available!

Product is now named: Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. 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 was still requiring customers to purchase a Windows 10 E5 license if they wanted access to MD ATP. But that is changing…

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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 still denying these realities, who will stand up for the facts? How can change be enacted to correct this massive issue? Thankfully, Microsoft is willing to take leadership not only…