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Mike Wilson brings over eighteen years of technology experience to Interlink Cloud Advisors. Prior to joining Interlink, he served as a Director of Technology for a mid-size insurance company and has led multiple consulting practices to substantial growth. In those roles, Mike delivered tremendous value for his customers by designing and...
Mike Wilson brings over eighteen years of technology experience to Interlink Cloud Advisors. Prior to joining Interlink, he served as a Director of Technology for a mid-size insurance company and has led multiple consulting practices to substantial growth. In those roles, Mike delivered tremendous value for his customers by designing and implementing scalable, reliable and business aligned solutions. Mike’s focus at Interlink is on leveraging the power of the Microsoft cloud to streamline IT operations in a way that reduces cost and allows businesses to refocus on core operations. He plays a key role in architecting projects and ensuring high standards in service delivery across the Interlink team. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Cincinnati and is a proud graduate of St. Xavier High School. He is active in a number of local non-profits and has served on multiple non-profit boards and in executive leadership.
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Windows Information Protection (WIP) | Avoid Data Leaks by Automatically Classifying and Protecting Files

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Windows Information Protection (WIP) is a data loss prevention feature for Windows 10 (version 1607 or later) that can automatically apply protective tags for files and data. Thus, allowing end-users to be productive and still keep your organization’s data secure!
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What is Windows Information Protection (WIP)?

Windows Information Protection (WIP) is an alternative to traditional data loss prevention approaches that focus on protecting data leakage at the network level. WIP protects against both accidental and intentional leakage of data by automatically encrypting internal data anytime users save a file locally to a protected Windows 10 system. Protecting organizational data is critical - now more than ever before! Lawsuits, legal challenges, and/or a loss of reputation is at stake if an organization is not successful in protecting their data. The ongoing blend of work and home life – especially in a COVID-19 world isn’t making that easier. More and more, we see end-users utilizing their work provided devices for personal tasks and data management. Similarly, end-users will access organizational data on their personal devices, which makes protecting your data tricky. WIP provides peace of mind and helps protect critical data regardless of where it’s accessed from. WIP not only helps protect files on end-users’ devices but can also be used to remotely wipe a device clean if needed via Intune. By selecting the user and device and sending a wipe request, all data that was protected via the WIP policy will become unusable.

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Improving and Developing Last Minute Remote IT Strategies

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Learn how your organization can effectively develop and improve strategies for working remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. 

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Interlink's CTO and Vice President, Mike Wilson, participated in an online roundtable discussion with experts in medicine, finance, employment law, IT, and public relations regarding some important ways you can prepare your business to deal with the fallout of the coronavirus. (You can view the entire roundtable webinar here!) While most of us haven’t felt the direct impact of someone we know becoming infected, most are experiencing indirect impacts. Many employees have been sent to work from home, schools have closed, major community events have been postponed, and travel plans are canceled - just to name a few.

In this article, we summarize some of the key IT takeaways that can help you maintain business continuity while balancing business risk versus IT security. It is our goal at Interlink to offer aid and assistance to businesses and organizations struggling with transitioning, even temporarily, to a remote office setting. 

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Don’t Just Buy a Solution - Fully Adopt Your New Technologies

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We understand that adopting new technology involves change, and change can be daunting – what’s the best way to seamlessly adopt new technologies throughout your organization?
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IT projects are notorious for their high failure rate. It’s estimated that up to 70% of change initiative projects fail to deliver their desired results – but why? The main aspect of these failures is due to poor change management planning and little to no end-user adoption – most organizations put new practices and technology before their people.

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Nasuni | File Infrastructure Done Right

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Tired of upgrading NAS and file servers and migrating data every 3-5 years? With Nasuni you don’t have to.

File storage is not always simple and file servers are painful; organizations often have to overcome fundamental obstacles in object storage like latency, file retrieval, and organizational issues to make object storage usable for storing business files.

Nasuni® Cloud File Services™ is a software as a service (SaaS) platform that allows IT teams to gain a more scalable, affordable, manageable, and highly available file infrastructure that meets cloud-first objectives and eliminates tedious data migrations and forklift upgrades. Nasuni enables organizations to store, protect, and collaborate on files by offering a unique solution which combines a master “gold copy” record of files stored in Azure in combination with both physical and virtual filers which live at the customer’s remote sites. This together allows for cloud protection and unlimited storage to be combined with the LAN speed type access of a traditional file server. The best of both worlds.

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Securing Guest Access Without Paying More with Azure Active Directory B2B

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Working with external companies and partner organizations just became a lot easier thanks to one of Azure AD’s service features: Azure AD Business-to-Business (B2B).

Companies always looking for solutions to improve their security and simplify collaboration. In today’s workplace, it’s very common for organizations to work with external partners. Office 365 is a great solution to collaborate with people both inside and outside your organizations, as it provides an easy way to share documents with external users or invite them to join your Microsoft Teams. Unfortunately, when you share using the default methods, your external users aren’t subject to the same security policies, such as multifactor authentication, that you’ve set up for your internal users. 

What most organizations are looking for is a way to manage external access that is predictable and consistent with their security practices. A hidden gem that is part of Azure Active Directory and solves this problem is leveraging Azure Active Directory B2B users. Azure AD B2B is not a different version of Active Directory, but just an additional feature that allows one organization to invite members from other organizations to share application access. This tool is beneficial not only for seamless collaboration, but it decreases the worry of security issues.

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