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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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What is MITRE ATT&CK?

By now, we know it well: cyber threats are a major concern with great potential for damage. There are so many different ways that adversarial actors can gain access and cause breaches to networks, devices, and organizations. MITRE ATT&CK is a structured breakdown of the techniques that cyber attackers use, as well as a catalogue…

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Infused Innovations Welcomes Bob Borges as Chief Technology Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 14, 2021 Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected] INFUSED INNOVATIONS WELCOMES BOB BORGES AS CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER Emphasizing the firm’s focus on technical strategy and service delivery. North Kingstown, RI: Infused Innovations formally announces the hiring of Bob Borges as Chief Technology Officer. As Chief Technology Officer, Bob will oversee the technical service…

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Microsoft Expands its Defender for Endpoint to Windows Server 2012 R2 and 2016

Microsoft has several different operating systems for servers. Businesses and organizations have different needs, and Microsoft understands that. For a variety of reasons, some companies may not be able or want to upgrade their servers to newer operating systems. But they still need to be protected against modern attacks, which are only growing more adept.…

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Great Customer Relationships Means Great Communication

For those who want to build a customer-first culture at their organization, communication is crucial. This means more than just answering the phone and responding quickly to emails. It’s important to be aware of many different aspects and know just how your customer fits in. For really great communication, you should know the individuals, titles…

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Infused Innovations Appoints Erica Bosse as VP of Operations and Customer Experience

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 6, 2021 Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected] Emphasizing the firm’s focus on client experience  North Kingstown, RI: Infused Innovations Appoints Erica Bosse as VP of Operations and Customer Experience In this position, Erica Bosse will be responsible for aligning and leading organizational operations to fully support Infused Innovations’ focus on the…

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Empowering Nonprofits Through Challenging Times

It’s not always the most visible sector, but nonprofit organizations bring in over 10% of the gross domestic product in the U.S. and employ more people than most other industries (behind only retail and food services). On top of the direct employment they provide and the beneficial actions they take in society, nonprofits are also…

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Infused Innovations Appoints Phil Magnuszewski as First Chief Innovation Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2021 Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected] Emphasizing the firm’s focus on innovation and client solutions North Kingstown, RI: Infused Innovations named Phil Magnuszewski as the firm’s first Chief Innovation Officer as of last week.  Phil Magnuszewski will build a suite of innovation products and offerings for clients, form viewpoints around emerging…

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The Great Resignation and What it Means for Your Company

The last couple years have been draining. An ongoing pandemic has put people on edge and lacking a level of social interaction they took for granted before. Societal and political roller coasters have often brought division and gloom. Work and schooling done at home (and then, maybe, back in person with new constraints) have caused…

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10 Cybersecurity Stats You Need to Know

Cyber attackers are smart, capable, and only becoming more so as time goes on. With increased vulnerability from public health fears and shuffled work settings, individuals and companies have suffered a great deal of attacks in the last couple years. And that’s on top of what was already a teeming problem. Some of the numbers…

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The Workplace Is Changing — Are You Ready?

The Workplace Is Changing. Are You Ready? A couple of months ago, I wrote about the “New Normal” and how technology is being reimagined for hybrid work. Since that time, there have been starts and stops with corporations hoping to get people back to the office by September. As we all know, globally the various COVID…

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Gartner’s Unified Endpoint Management Leaders

If your organization hasn’t consolidated control of user devices to Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) yet, Gartner predicts that you are likely to within the next three years. Just last year less than 5% of companies were using UEM, but with current trends it looks like the majority of them will adopt the technology by 2024.…

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Infused Innovations Welcomes Mike Miller as Senior Engineer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 8, 2021 Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected] INFUSED INNOVATIONS WELCOMES MIKE MILLER AS SENIOR ENGINEER Emphasizing the firm’s focus on customer support as well as modern workplace and security North Kingstown, RI: Infused Innovations formally announces the hiring of Mike Miller as Senior Engineer. As Senior Engineer, Mike will serve as a…

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Has Delta Got You Wedding-Hesitant? Consider Appearing as a Hologram

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed a nice, long Labor Day weekend. Maybe you even did some traveling, or went to a wedding. On the other hand, if you’re like many who are still hesitant to get back to such activities because of the relentless spread of Covid-19, you may have opted to stay in your own neighborhood…

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Infused Innovations Welcomes Dave Kissee as Engineer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2021 Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected] INFUSED INNOVATIONS WELCOMES DAVE KISSEE AS ENGINEER Emphasizing the firm’s focus on client support North Kingstown, RI: Infused Innovations formally announces the hiring of Dave Kissee as an Engineer. As an Engineer, Dave will be responsible for user support, triage, ticket dispatch, escalation decision-making, and…

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Pricing for MDE P1 – Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is Getting a New SKU

Endpoints continue to be one of the most common targets of cyber attackers. Ransomware and malware are always evolving and becoming more sophisticated, and their danger to endpoints only increases. With this growing threat, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (MDE) is now available in more purchase options. Originally included with an E5 license and then made…

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Building a Customer-First Culture

At Infused Innovations, we strive to be not only security-first but customer-first as well. It’s at the core of our company values—and great customer experience is becoming more crucial for business in general. 86% of customers will pay more for a better experience, and 88% of companies are now prioritizing CX, as it’s sometimes called…

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What is the Metaverse and Why It’s Going to Save the World

At first glance, the term Metaverse seems like something straight out of the Marvel Universe.  In reality, the Microsoft Metaverse is the culmination and integration of a set of applications both in the intelligent cloud and at the edge — working in harmony to bring this concept to life right here on planet Earth.  The vision of the…

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How Mixed Reality Can Help with Autism

You may have heard about mixed reality beginning to play a role in work industries and scientific research. With the introduction of Microsoft Mesh at the Ignite 2021 conference, we saw examples of holographic 3D structures and deep sea explorations taken on land. Those working in machinery can use virtual tools to augment their workflow…

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Pricing Update for Microsoft 365

Office 365 was first released in 2011, and it’s grown a lot since then. Microsoft has added 24 apps and 1,400+ new features over that time—without any substantial price increases. After a decade of innovation and rebranding itself several times, Microsoft is announcing its first commercial pricing update for Microsoft 365. Customers have some advance…

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Infused Innovations Appears on the 2021 Inc. 5000 List, Ranking No. 2345 With a Three-Year Revenue Growth of 181%

Inc. Magazine Reveals Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000 NEW YORK, August 18, 2021 – Inc. magazine revealed that Infused Innovations is No. 2345, with a three-year revenue growth rate of 181%, on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a…

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What You Need to Know About Azure AD Connect V2.0

What is Azure AD Connect V2.0? It’s the latest upgrade in a long history of Microsoft’s organizational management offering, Active Directory (AD). Built for Windows servers, AD’s main purpose is authenticating credentials and controlling respective levels of access according to permissions. In an on-premises environment, a domain controller (DC) is the server that runs these…

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Infused Innovations Ranks 21 on CRN’s 2021 Fast Growth 150 List with 123.15% Growth Rate 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Infused Innovations Ranks 21 on CRN’s 2021 Fast Growth 150 List with 123.15% Growth Rate  Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected] CRN’s Fast Growth 150 list ranks solution providers with gross annual sales of at least $1 million by their two-year growth rate. With this list, CRN recognizes the fastest-growing North American technology…

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Azure Defender for IoT Boosts Protection with Microsoft’s ReFirm Labs Acquisition

Good morning!* For the sake of imagining the Internet of Things, I’m going to envision that you were woken up this morning by your smart alarm, you glanced at your watch to give you a sleep or heart rate summary from your night, then you checked on your little one via your baby monitor before…

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IoT Vulnerabilities (and What to Do About Them)

For every person on this planet, there are about four and a half IoT devices. The Internet of Things is all over the place, from intelligent watches to smart home appliances to medical sensors and beyond. And it’s only becoming more prevalent, quickly: nearly 130 new IoT devices are hooked up every second. These devices…

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The New Normal: Technology Reimagined for Hybrid Work

The pandemic showed us the need for Unified Communications. With millions of people suddenly being forced to work remotely, companies were required to adapt to this “new normal.” This meant licensing and adopting new technologies and using them in new ways to allow employees to do their jobs effectively while remote. The New Normal: A…

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Windows Virtual Desktop is now Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD)

If you pay much attention to Microsoft products, you know that Microsoft loves to rename and rebrand. That’s because they’re constantly evolving their offerings, improving and expanding them in such a fluid way that something as static as a name can’t hold for too long. In this case, Windows Virtual Desktop is becoming Azure Virtual…

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The Future of Work: Hot New Terms from Satya Nadella’s Inspire 2021 Keynote

With new technologies arising and innovation happening rapidly, we’re seeing some big changes in how people work. Satya Nadella’s Inspire 2021 keynote speech at the partner conference last week highlighted that. He brought up some terms that reflect where we’re at and where we’re headed in our work practices. All of them tend to revolve…

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Infused Innovations Wins 2021 Microsoft US Partner Award for Modern Work & Security

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Infused Innovations Wins 2021 Microsoft US Partner Award for Modern Work & Security Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected]infusedinnovations.com Infused Innovations has been chosen as a winner of the Microsoft US (MSUS) Partner Award in the Modern Work & Security category. The MSUS Partner Award was created to supplement Microsoft’s Partner of the…

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Top 5 Announcements from Microsoft Inspire 2021

Microsoft Inspire 2021 is in session. Their largest partner event of the year, this annual conference is an opportunity to network, learn from industry leaders, and find out the latest news in Microsoft’s offerings. Like last year, this event is held digitally and you can still register for attendance if you want to catch the…

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Infused Innovations Ranks Top 10 Most Innovative Companies to Watch in 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Infused Innovations Ranks Top 10 Most Innovative Companies to Watch in 2021 Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected]   CIO Views is a business magazine that mainly focuses on emerging CIOs, their journey, views on current economic states, and all other relevant subjects that refer to the business world.  They provide interesting insights…

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How Has the MSP Industry Changed Since Covid Began?

  Last week we were pleased to announce our ranking as #16 in Channel Futures’ annual MSP 501 list. Channel Futures has also given us some interesting insights into the way the MSP industry has changed over time, based on their data from this year’s MSP 501. Perhaps not surprisingly, there have been some big…

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Channel Futures Names Infused Innovations #16 in MSP 501 Worldwide for 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Channel Futures names Infused Innovations #16 in MSP 501 Worldwide for 2021 Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected]   Channel Futures is a media platform that provides insights and analysis within the world of information and communication technologies. Every year, its team puts together a list of the most influential and fastest-growing managed…

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Infused Innovations Welcomes Connor O’Neill as Director of Advanced Analytics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 23rd, 2021 Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected] INFUSED INNOVATIONS WELCOMES CONNOR O’NEILL AS DIRECTOR OF ADVANCED ANALYTICS Emphasizing the firm’s focus on expanding data and analytics business solutions North Kingstown, RI: Infused Innovations formally announces the hiring of Connor O’Neill as Director of Advanced Analytics. As Director of Advanced Analytics, Connor will…

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What is Content Disarm and Reconstruction (CDR)?

Much of cybersecurity depends on detection—like the detection & response solutions we’ve written about recently. But there’s another, less common way to approach malware threats. Content Disarm and Reconstruction, or CDR, strips down a file’s active content and rebuilds the file with only known, safe elements. Sometimes called file sanitization, CDR delivers a clean, “sanitized”…

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Responsibilities of the Tech Industry

With changing societal habits and rapid advances in technology, governments often lag behind in creating structures that keep runaway possibilities in check. Issues from data privacy and disinformation to artificial intelligence have become areas of concern where regulation would ideally keep technology ethical. But since there’s such a gap between technology’s growth and government action,…

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Forrester Ranks Microsoft a Leader in Cloud Security Gateways

Here we are already, rounding out the second quarter of 2021. In this time of year you may be asking: who comes out at the top of Forrester’s Q2 Wave Assessment for Cloud Security Gateways? The Forrester Wave looks at technology providers in a particular category—say, Security Analytics Platforms—and ranks them on both x and…

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Lessons Learned from a CEO: Business Impact from the Year 2020 & COVID

Let’s be honest, the year 2020 was a year for the books. Quite literally, this year will be written throughout history books that our grandchildren will read. From a pandemic to an international lockdown forcing schools, shops, and restaurants to shut down, it’s safe to say the pandemic has had a significant impact on our…

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Top 10 Announcements from Microsoft Build 2021

It’s Build week—Microsoft’s annual conference for developers and software engineers. If you like to follow Microsoft technologies or make use of Azure, you’ll want to know the news from this digital event. Here are some of the top announcements from Microsoft Build 2021. Continuous Access Evaluation in Microsoft Graph Continuous Access Evaluation (CAE) is now…

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Microsoft 365 XDR

Disclaimer: It’s not actually called Microsoft 365 XDR. (But a lot of people like to type that into a search engine.) MD XDR encompasses the entire security suite while the M365 security suite is referred to as Microsoft 365 Defender. We agree with you–it’s just as confusing as the prior ATP product names. Extended Detection…

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What Are the Differences Between MDR, EDR and XDR for Cybersecurity?

You may have been hearing about XDR in recent months—this is a rising technology that improves upon MDR and EDR, which themselves are great advancements from older solutions. Gartner predicts that the majority of enterprises will have replaced legacy security software with one of these advanced solutions by 2023. So what do all these offerings…

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How Artificial Intelligence is Saving the Earth

It’s no secret that we need to take better care of the Earth. There are currently 150 million metric tons of plastic in the ocean. Humans have caused 322 animal extinctions over the past 500 years. And about 17 percent of the Amazonian rainforest has been destroyed over the past 50 years due to deforestation. When it comes to…

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Infused Innovations Welcomes Matt Sepko as Senior Engineer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 3rd, 2021  Infused Innovations  (401) 267-4460  [email protected]   INFUSED INNOVATIONS WELCOMES MATT SEPKO AS SENIOR ENGINEER Emphasizing the firm’s focus on excellent service  North Kingstown, RI: Infused Innovations formally announces the hiring of Matt Sepko as Senior Engineer.  As Senior Engineer, Matt will be responsible for defining and driving customer technology strategies. He will also develop and deliver on tactical and strategic initiatives for…

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XDR Pioneers and Leaders

One of the strongest cybersecurity offerings today is Extended Detection and Response, or XDR. It combines and centralizes security data from several sources: Security Information and Event Management (SIEM); Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR); Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR); and Network Traffic Analysis (NTA). Because these elements are all working together, visibility and and…

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7 Ways Microsoft Azure is Stronger Than AWS

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is clearly a leader in cloud services. It offers solutions for all kinds of industries, from manufacturing to travel & hospitality. In terms of its technological offerings, there’s storage, application building, analytics, and more. But as powerful as Amazon is in the world of the cloud, it’s got competition in Microsoft…

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Work & Tech Habits That Are Good for the Environment

With Earth Day coming up this week, we’re thinking about some of the ways that we as both innovators and consumers of technology can shape our habits in Earth-friendly ways. It’s easy to overlook simple things that can collectively make a big impact. Here are a few tech habits that make work and home life…

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5 Ways to Reduce Your SOC’s Alert Fatigue

With increasing digital and cloud-based work, cybersecurity threats are a continuous and growing concern. Large companies often have dozens of security products from multiple vendors in order to stay on top of these threats. Because of this reality, security operation centers (SOCs) face a deluge of alerts coming from every direction—so many, in fact, that…

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A Look at How Deepfakes Work

It’s no April Fools’ joke—deepfakes are a real concern. This misleading practice, which inserts fake faces or speech into videos or photographs, is becoming more sophisticated in its precision. The rising capabilities of the technology behind deepfakes are making them easier to produce and harder to detect. Exactly how do deepfakes work? Here’s a look…

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Technology Leaders Embrace the End of Objective Reality

Recent developments in both digital technology and societal trends have led to a world of multiple realities: you can “be” somewhere you’re not really, and fake news can “be” real. (And of course the reverse has also been argued—that real news is actually fake.) Many consumers of technology and news media alike are struggling to…

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Infused Innovations Welcomes Brian Smith as Client Advisor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 30, 2021  Infused Innovations  (401) 267-4460  [email protected]   INFUSED INNOVATIONS WELCOMES BRIAN SMITH AS CLIENT ADVISOR Emphasizing the firm’s focus on client business outcomes  North Kingstown, RI: Infused Innovations formally announces the hiring of Brian Smith as a Client Advisor.  As a Client Advisor, Brian will be responsible for helping to support clients throughout their Digital Transformation journey with Infused Innovations. In addition, Brian is working directly with client…

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Microsoft Compliance Manager Now Available for GCC & GCC High

Government organizations are subject to a number of regulations that can be complicated to keep track of. Those who work in and with government agencies often have difficulty navigating these requirements without good tools to do so. Microsoft Compliance Manager helps organizations monitor and stay on top of these compliance requisites. Now Compliance Manager is…