Matt Scherocman brings more than 15 years of experience in the information technology industry to Interlink Cloud Advisors. His experience includes both the system integrator and manufacturer sides of the business. During his time at the Microsoft Corporation he was responsible for all the the Large Account Reseller (LAR) relationships in the four state Heartland Area of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Prior to Microsoft, Scherocman led a Cincinnati based IT consulting company to grow 5000% and become a Microsoft Worldwide Partner of the Year. He is actively involved in the strategic vision and operation decisions of the company including finance, selling strategy and marketing. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from Miami University and is a Certified Expert in Microsoft licensing including speaking engagements at both Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference and Channel Partner Summit. He is a frequent contributor to leading industry publications.
In the ever-changing digital age, one of the most important things is data protection. In an effort to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU), the EU has decided to implement a new law called General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR for short. This regulation will start being enforced on May 25, 2018 and will impact almost every business that has employees, customers or potential customers in Europe.
What does the GDPR mean for your company?
With more than 160 GDPR regulation requirements, ranging from mandating a 72-hour notification for personal data breaches to regulations on how you collect, store and use personal information, it’s clear companies will need to get on the path to compliance.
With the never-ending threat of malware, companies must continually find ways to stay ahead. How do you protect your data from these threats when they are always evolving and becoming more aggressive? Microsoft has a solution that helps protect Exchange online, Word, Excel and PowerPoint Online called Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). It is another layer of must-have security that Microsoft offers to meet all your business needs.
What exactly does Advanced Threat Protection do?
Protects against unknown viruses and malware. Safe Attachments is an advanced feature of ATP that opens attachments in a Microsoft protected virtual machine in their scanning environment. By opening up the attachment in a secure area, Microsoft can quickly see if the code in the attachment is benign or if it will try to impact the machine – like trying to find files to encrypt with ransomware.
Provides real-time scanning. In ATP’s Safe Links feature, users are being proactively protected from malicious links with real time scanning of links as they are clicked. When scanned if the link is deemed malicious the Exchange end user will see a Safe Links-rewritten link, but in Word, PowerPoint and Excel the end user will not experience anything different except when a malicious link is clicked. When a user clicks on a link that points to a malicious website, he or she will be taken to a warning page telling the user that the targeted web page contains malicious content. When a user clicks on a benign link, the link will simply be followed.
Delivers reporting and URL trace capabilities. This gives your organization critical insight into the kind of malware and viruses that are being sent and who they are targeting. In real time, your inbox is being patrolled for vicious malware. When it does detect a potential threat, you are immediately alerted to the threat with recommendations on how to deal with it.
Reports insight and trends. The reporting interface provides trends and insight on the health of your organization. This includes information about malware, spam (either received or sent), and threats that were discovered and stopped. Administrators are now able to schedule reports that can be sent directly to their inbox. Additionally, you can request custom reports and download or manage the reports via the Security and Compliance Center.
Stay ahead of evolving ransomware like the WannaCrypt virus and let the reactive scramble of responding to security breaches be a thing of the past. ATP allows you to be proactive in your security; protecting you at point-of-click and notifying you about possible threats you have side stepped because of the features it provides to protect your business and your time.
Check out the video below to get more insight into how ATP works.
Advanced Threat Protection is part of the Office 365 E5 user bundle or can be purchased for $2 per user per month. ATP can be scaled to your business’s needs, whether you want all users or a specific group to have it.
To add Advanced Threat Protection to your subscription or find out if this is a good fit for your business needs, contact Interlink today.
Many of our clients have been asking us about the differences between Microsoft’s Office 365 Enterprise Kiosk (K1) plan and Enterprise (E1) plans and have been confused about which plan is right for the users who do not need the higher end suites. This comparison is for clients who are considering either of these two plans and want to figure out which one is a better fit for their business.
What is an Enterprise Kiosk (K1) plan?
Essentially, the Kiosk plan is for those that are looking for inexpensive licenses for deskless workers - users who are often working away from a desk or using a shared PC and don’t need desktop versions of Office.
What are the differences between the K1 and E1 plan?
The move to a cloud-based hosted PBX from a traditional on premises PBX is growing as more businesses recognize the value of having a phone system built on cloud technology rather than circuit switching. But if you are considering making the move, you still have important choices to make. Do you go with an in-house PBX system or instead opt for a hosted PBX solution? There are pros and cons to each so here are some things to consider as you work through your decision-making process.
The move to cloud-based voice solutions for business communications has been underway for years and Microsoft has joined the party with its Skype for Business Cloud PBX offering. While there are many cloud PBX systems on the market, Microsoft's Cloud PBX provides the added benefit of complete integration with the familiar Office 365 suite. This can be a powerful advantage when you are looking to implement a major phone system change.
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