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Mark is a senior consultant at Interlink Cloud Advisors.
Mark Dreyer

Conditional Access: Important Baseline Announcement

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Make sure your organization is ready for changes to Conditional Access Baseline Protections!
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Recently, Microsoft announced an update to Conditional Access policies regarding security. Read to learn what will be replacing Security Defaults, and how to turn it on!

Baseline Protections Update  

Microsoft currently has Baseline Protection Policies in place with Conditional Access in order to protect organizational accounts. Baseline Protections will stop being enforced on February 29th, 2020 and be replaced with Security Defaults. Security Defaults are a set of basic identity security mechanisms recommended by Microsoft. New tenants will automatically have these enabled, but existing tenants will require action. When enabled, these recommendations will automatically be enforced in your organization. Administrators and users will be better protected from common identity-related attacks – but you must be sure to enable these features! View the Microsoft announcement Introducing Security Defaults, which explain this.

If you are currently using Conditional Access and want to set up the equivalent policies in place of baseline, contact us today!

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Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) & Conditional Access

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Learn how to take advantage of these services from Azure Active Directory!
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Recently, Microsoft started to offer a free cloud-based Azure Active Directory Multi-Factor Authentication. In addition, you can gain many premium features such as branding, password protection, hybrid identities, group access management, conditional access, and identity protect & governance with different paid versions. Read on to find out which version is best for your organization and how a deployment will best optimize your organization!

What is Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)?  

At the basic level, Multi-Factor Authentication has added security in a two-step verification process. This introduces a significant challenge to attackers because even if an attacker manages to learn a user’s credentials, it is useless without also having an additional authentication method. The combination of these can be a trusted and not easily duplicated device (such as a registered cellphone), biometrics like facial recognition or fingerprint access, or a domain-joined PC.

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Azure Active Directory: Finding the Best Plan

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Learn how to take advantage of these services from Azure Active Directory!
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Which Azure Active Directory Plan is Best for Me?  

Azure Active Directory comes in four editions:

  1. Free
  2. Office 365 Apps
  3. Premium Plan 1
  4. Premium Plan 2

The Free edition is included with an Office 365 subscription. If you are interested in upgrading to a Premium version, contact us today and we will walk you through which plan is best for you and how to deploy/govern this upgrade! View a detailed list of Azure AD plans and pricing details.

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Evolution of SIEM & How Microsoft Solutions Fit In

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Learn the evolution of SIEM and what today’s landscape requires in order to stay on top of security and data threats

See what steps to take and what Microsoft solutions you can utilize to plan accordingly.
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SIEM, Security Information and Event Management, is no longer what it used to be. A traditional on-premises SIEM is an incomplete solution due to limited functionality and the constant demand of time and resources. Learn how SIEM is improving and how Microsoft can help!

Current Security Difficulties

According to a recent report on Security Analytics and Operations, sixty-three percent of survey respondents find cybersecurity analytics/operations more difficult today than they were two years ago. This increasing difficulty is prevalent across cybersecurity disciplines, impacting the ability of organizations to not only protect critical assets but also detect and respond to cyber-attacks in a timely fashion.

With more and more data coming in than ever, it is hard to process and secure data efficiently. Data attacks and security threats have also drastically increased – proving that now is the most crucial time to have a secure environment and plan. As attacks and threats evolve to be more complex and competent, so do the required solutions and methods to fight them.

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Windows Autopilot | How It Makes Your Life Easier

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Autopilot is here to help simplify the process of deploying or onboarding new devices within your organization – find out how.

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Typically, deploying new Windows devices has been entirely in the hands of IT. Custom images have to be built, maintained and applied to get everything ready for new users…despite having an OS pre-installed. This can be followed by hours of the manual setup of applications, policies, and drivers for each new or repurposed device. All this manual set up takes away time and resources that could be better spent on other valuable projects. Sound familiar? Thankfully, Microsoft has developed Windows Autopilot – a new cloud-based technology that is quietly transforming this typical tedious provisioning process into a more automated and user-friendly process.

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