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Steven Braunschweiger

Microsoft Sentinel's Audit Logs: Monitor Activity, Respond to Threats, and Mitigate Risk

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Microsoft Sentinel's Audit Log features allow organizations to view and retain activity data within Microsoft 365 and third parties.

Microsoft Sentinel helps organizations meet compliance requirements, investigate threats, and reduce risk for your environment.  
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Microsoft Sentinel Overview

Microsoft Sentinel is a scalable, Cloud-native solution that delivers intelligent security analytics and threat intelligence for your entire enterprise, powered by AI. Microsoft Sentinel provides a single solution for alert detection, threat visibility, proactive hunting, and threat response, which gives employees time to focus on other prioritized tasks while increasing security. Microsoft Sentinel provides you with a view of threats across your enterprise while alleviating stress from attacks by providing alerts and resolution time frames on security incidents – helping protect your organization by reducing risks.

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Top 5 Requested Cyber Insurance Coverages

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This is a guest post from Adam Hengst cyber insurance advisor at Camargo Insurance - an independent, award-winning agency specializing in cyber insurance nationwide.

Cyber-attacks are increasingly more sophisticated and costly. As a result, cyber insurance is becoming a requirement for many businesses and helps reduce the risk of business-critical damage when a cyber-attack occurs.
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The rise in remote work spurred by the pandemic has created a 67% increase in the frequency of cyber-attacks. The costs of cyber-attacks add up quickly between attorney fees, costs of forensics and third-party security tools, as well as notification costs. The pandemic has also accelerated the rate of digitalization; rarely-targeted sectors have become some of the most targeted industries. The rapid increase in demand for cybersecurity providers has opened more jobs than people to fill them. With this increase, there's been a rise in media coverage, causing an increase in the number and size of cyber insurance policies purchased. 

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John Rice

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR | Microsoft Viva - Retaining Employees through a Changing Workplace with Microsoft's Employee Experience Platform

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Microsoft Viva is an employee experience platform, helping you create an environment that puts people first, to drive better business results.

Powered by the full breadth and depth of Microsoft 365, it is experienced through Microsoft Teams and other Microsoft 365 apps that people use every day. Viva brings together communications, knowledge, learning, resources, and insights into an integrated experience that empowers people and teams to be their best from anywhere.

In this on-demand event, Interlink’s experts provide an in-depth overview of Microsoft Viva, and how your organization can get the most out of it.

Microsoft Viva On Demand Webinar

After viewing this event, you will have a good understanding of:

  • Viva Insights – Improve productivity and wellbeing with data-driven, privacy-protected insights and recommendations.
  • Viva Topics – Automatically organize content and expertise across your organization, making it easy for people to find information and put knowledge to work.
  • Viva Connections – A curated, company-branded experience that brings together relevant news, conversations, and resources in the apps and devices you use every day.
  • Viva Learning – Empower employees to discover and share professional training resources across your organization and track their learning progress.
  • Use Cases
  • Licensing
  • And more!

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PRESENTERS

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Mike Wilson
Vice President/CTO | Interlink Cloud Advisors

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Bryant Shumate
Collaboration Practice Lead, Interlink Cloud Advisors

 

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Steven Braunschweiger

Azure Virtual Desktop Versus Windows 365: Which Desktop-as-a-Service is best for your organization?

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Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) and Windows 365 enable organizations to take advantage of Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) for end-users.

These are similar solutions but optimized for different use cases. Navigating them can be complex - save money by licensing appropriately for your specific needs!

Similarities of Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365:

AVD and Windows 365 share a common ground in functionality and use cases. Both solutions provide remote desktops to users. They are used to empower remote workers with powerful desktops from anywhere. These solutions remain secure because the end-user unmanaged hardware (pc, tablet, phone) is separate from the processing power of the virtual desktops provided to run the user’s applications.

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Max Donaldson

Microsoft Introduces Major Changes to CSP Licensing – Starting in March 2022

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Microsoft requires either a one-year commitment or a significant premium on monthly terms starting in March 2022. Learn more about this change and how to best prepare now!

***Note: Microsoft continues to actively make changes to this new program and release more details. Please connect with Interlink to receive the most up to date information for your specific scenario.***
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Microsoft is Changing CSP Licensing:

Any organization utilizing CSP licensing needs to be aware of Microsoft’s changes, which go into effect in March 2022. Microsoft will be offering Monthly, Annual, and Three-Year subscriptions. All subscription terms will only be able to be canceled or reduced within 72-hours after purchase, and customers will be stuck with license counts until the end of their subscription term.

  • Yearly Term: We expect the yearly term to be the most popular. Pricing is similar to what customers are paying today, and most CSP providers already require a one-year term – even when Microsoft allowed for monthly changes.
  • Monthly Term: If an organization wishes to retain the ability to decrease seat counts/downgrade licenses at frequent intervals, then they will need to put those seats on a Monthly subscription. However, Microsoft will charge a massive premium for this option of 20%.
  • Three-Year Term: The current plan is to only offer three-year terms for a limited set of offerings, including Dynamics 365 and Microsoft 365. The potential benefit here is that customers get locked into the pricing for three years to avoid potential future price increases across that term.

CSP Partners, like Interlink, will be able to continue transacting new CSP licenses without these changes until March 2022. We can also work with your organization to take advantage of pricing models, licensing structures, and promotions when applicable. Further promotional pricing details are still to come and will help mitigate Microsoft’s general price increase, which will also occur in March 2022.

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Welcome to the Interlink Cloud Blog

All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations or warranties regarding the information from our partners or other external sources.