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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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Mark Dreyer

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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Mark Dreyer

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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Tony Maddin

Play Your Emails in Outlook for iOS

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Utilize Cortana, your AI personal productivity assistant, to catch up on what’s new in your inbox.

Cortana will play aloud your inbox while you are on the go, so you have more time to be productive in your day!

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Recently, Microsoft Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been making many strides in innovation for companies and individuals. They have asked themselves, “How can we help people change the world for good?” Microsoft 365 is leading the charge to put people at the center and use intelligent, personalized experiences to transform productivity.

What is Play My Emails in Outlook for iOS?

Microsoft has introduced Play My Emails in Outlook for iOS, with Android following later, to read aloud out of your emails using natural language with Cortana. The user interface is specifically designed for people on the move, to help users stay organized, and be productive wherever you are. You can use one finger or voice commands to swipe to the next message, or act on a message – making this app easy to use whether it is on a commute or as you get ready in the morning!

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Jimmy Smogor

Cybersecurity: Roadmap to a Secure Environment

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With an everchanging threat environment, organizations are struggling to keep up and protect their data and organization from security attacks. Learn how to stay ahead of attacks and start creating a more secure environment!
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In a world with constantly changing threats, securing your information and organization can be challenging. Understanding where your organization’s security is and where you want it to be is crucial. Specific environment needs, along with the sensitivity of data, can vary tremendously from organization to organization. This article addresses how to understand your security landscape and steps to improve moving forward!

Ad Hoc Is No Longer Adequate for Effective Cybersecurity Protection

A common strategy used by security teams is to address threats and attacks on an ad hoc basis. While this may have worked in the past, organizations can no longer wait until an attack or threat happens to respond. Being proactive by staying ahead of attackers and phishing schemes is now vital for an organization’s security plan. Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that a ransomware attack is made on a business every 14 seconds!

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