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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 For Endpoint Standalone is Now Available! (Formerly MD ATP)

Microsoft Defender For Endpoint Standalone is Now Available! (Formerly MD ATP)

Note: Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (MD ATP) Is Now Defender For Endpoint Update: As of August 2021, MDE P1 is also available bundled in Microsoft 365 E3/A3. Only two years overdue, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint standalone is now available!...

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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 For Endpoint Standalone is Now Available! (Formerly MD ATP)

Note: Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (MD ATP) Is Now Defender For Endpoint Update: As of August 2021, MDE P1 is also available bundled in Microsoft 365 E3/A3. Only two years overdue, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint standalone is now available! Since announcing Microsoft Defender for Endpoint for MacOS and Linux last year, Microsoft was still…

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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…

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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 IT and security folks. We gave you the inside scoop on Microsoft’s top RSA announcements at this year’s conference. Now let’s see what other tech companies have to present to…

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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 security developments being offered in technology. Let’s take a look at the exciting top Microsoft announcements at RSA 2020. Note: RSA was just purchased by the Symphony Technology Group last…

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Data Privacy is Good Global Citizenship

Privacy is one of the big issues to consider in our digital world. Did you know there’s even a Data Privacy Day? It’s been around since the European Union set it for recognition back in 2007, with the U.S. jumping onboard in 2008. Those of us who are particularly concerned with the issue of privacy…

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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 interference. Microsoft has responded to this concern with its Defending Democracy Program, its most recent development being Microsoft 365 for Campaigns. This is a simple and powerful service meant for…

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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 operations, and help make business decisions—especially under the threat of COVID-19. Azure Cognitive Services allows developers to transparently build AI and ML into their applications. In this article, I am…

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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 in Office 365 ATP, it just got even stronger. Now ATP can follow patterns and crafted templates to detect attacks that make use of a larger strategic plan, rather than…

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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 Security Agency has publicly taken credit for the discovery of a vulnerability, and it urges users to patch their systems immediately. The NSA report, released on January 14, says that…

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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 transcends party lines and business categories. And with today’s technologies and cyber capabilities, it’s a dangerous reality. It is widely known that Russian hackers interfered with the 2016 U.S. presidential…

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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 clients. The three anti-ransomware guards for Windows 10 that we’ll look at today are: Windows Defender Credential Guard Windows Defender System Guard Controlled Folder Access I’ve selected these three tools…

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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 top 10 security automation providers in 2019 and Infused Innovations is excited to be at the top of the list.  With the ever-increasing risk for cyber-attacks, organizations are now relying on security automation solution…

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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 private information and data are safe. Despite this growing concern, the U.S. Congress has failed to take legislative measures protecting privacy. But California has stepped forward and addressed the concern…

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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 Melissa Crouch to Director of Marketing. Located in San Diego, CA, we are excited to welcome her as our newest member of the west coast team and leader of our Women…

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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 across clouds, platforms, and locations. As a presenter at the conference put it, “Azure truly is the world’s computer,” and many are already calling Azure Arc a game-changer. So what…

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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 response service that sits on top of the Microsoft security stack, and includes other strategic partnerships such as Jamf and KnowBe4. By earning this Security competency, which Microsoft also recently…

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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 way to one extent or another. If you are a CISO or security manager, you’ve probably gone even further and thought to yourself: there’s got to be a more secure…

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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 is adding the recently released Microsoft Azure Sentinel service to their arsenal. Azure Sentinel provides a cloud-native security information event management (SIEM) and security orchestration automation and response (SOAR) solution…

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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 authentication methods, including Exchange Active Sync (EAS), Post Office Protocol (POP), Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP), and Remote PowerShell (RPS) in Exchange Online. Applications that use any of these APIs/protocols will be…

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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 on the ability to write them well—Gartner suggests that up to 75% of CISOs who suffered publicly documented security breaches without well-tested security plans may have lost their jobs in…

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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 (RPA) capabilities and how it can connect legacy and modern applications within a business. As announced at the Ignite conference 2019, Microsoft Flow is now called Power Automate, in line…

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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. Designed to improve upon the standard Windows Virtual Desktop capabilities, installing FSLogix on WVD can enhance and simplify these sorts of non-persistent environments. Benefits of Installing FSLogix on WVD Maintain…

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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 of companies. Yet failing to prioritize cybersecurity could have major effects—data losses, financial catastrophe, damaged reputation or even the need to shut down the organization altogether. Studies show that non-profits…

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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 to IT professionals, developers, and big Microsoft fans. We love hearing about new streamlined improvements and innovative previews offered. This year’s conference seemed to present more news than ever—Microsoft provided…

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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 IT admin gets the devices, wipes them of their default settings, re-images them with custom images using Ghost or Acronis, obtains drivers, configures the relevant applications and settings, and finally…

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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 then the second warning went largely unheeded, the National Security Agency (NSA) published a rare advisory on June 4 urging Microsoft Windows administrators to update their operating systems. An NSA warning of…

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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 focusing specifically on mobile devices and their apps. Intune is Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) component that manages that area. Let’s take a look at the difference between mobile…

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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 at a greater security risk. Limited budgets, privacy concerns, intellectual property, and specific compliance regulations create an atmosphere that’s different from most organizations. The multiplicity of college departments makes for…

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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 (SOC). And like a hawk with an overhead view, it does so from the cloud. Throw in a bit of AI, and you have Azure Sentinel. It provides intelligent security…

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Connect to WVD from Anywhere

Connect to WVD (Windows Virtual Desktop) from anywhere, on any device. Learn how to turn your iPad Pro into a WVD thin client with a bluetooth mouse.

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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 has been known for a few months, but today Microsoft formally announced that Windows Virtual Desktop is now Generally Available (GA) worldwide. Let’s take a look at the total cost…

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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 competencies in Azure Cloud Platform, DevOps, Security, and Enterprise Mobility, we’re excited to announce that we are adding co-managed SIEM and SOAR to our Secqur Aether services starting on day…

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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 compliance. While the CSP does have many responsibilities in these areas, it’s important to remember that the customer is also responsible. The service model you choose dictates your accountability in…

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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 by continuously monitoring Shadow IT Discovery with Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS), which is built-in natively on Windows 10 devices, Azure also knows that I just listened to Google Play…

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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 few years threats have developed rapidly in both number and sophistication. It’s no longer enough to look at intelligence as a one-way product addressing occasional threats. Moreover, not all threats…

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

When vision and capability are combined, magic happens. Perhaps that’s why the research company called their visual assessment the Magic Quadrant: it places companies on a scale measuring their completeness of vision with their ability to execute, and then gives them a label of a niche player, challenger, visionary or leader depending on where they…

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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, how can you trust that your bank is safe? The financial industry must follow a number of compliance frameworks on their IT systems to secure and protect data. Unfortunately, we…