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Why not Defender for Mobile?

Why aren’t you protecting your mobile devices with Microsoft Defender?

Recently I was on a call with Microsoft, and I was surprised to hear that adoption for Microsoft Defender on mobile devices is still extremely low. But according to other industry partners, this is true of Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) solutions in general. I think this unfortunate trend could be...
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GDAP in M365 Lighthouse

Reviewing the GDAP Wizard in Lighthouse

Hey folks! In today’s article, we will be taking a closer look at Granular Delegated Admin Permissions or GDAP.  You can think of this feature as providing similar functionality to Privileged Identity Management (PIM), including “Just-in-Time” (JIT) access, but specifically with regard to your partner tenant as you...
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A friendly reminder

A friendly reminder about least privilege access and other simple stuff

I just spent an exhausting 36 or so hours helping a customer out of a really bad situation. Well, technically they aren't out of the woods yet, but things are clearing up anyway. And I am at the point now where I exit, handing off the bulk of remaining tasks...
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Turn your MFA up to 11

But have you turned multifactor authentication ALL the way on?

Do you remember just a short time ago, Microsoft would claim that switching on Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) prevents 99.9% of identity-based attacks? Well, the times they are a-changin. I do not know what they would report today for a percentage of attacks which are thwarted by MFA alone, but...
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Ignite 2022: Syntex announcement

What I am most excited for in 2023 after Ignite 2022

Earlier this month, Microsoft held their annual Ignite conference, and shared several big announcements. There are plenty of blogs and podcasts out there which have summarized some of the highlights, and of course we have Microsoft’s own Book of News, too. I won’t bore you with another re-hash like...
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Alternatives to SharePoint and OneDrive

Alternatives to OneDrive and SharePoint (and when to consider them)

One of the things I often get asked about is how to deal with various limitations in OneDrive and SharePoint Online. For those who don’t know, SharePoint Online is the file storage & sharing solution underpinning the Microsoft 365 universe of applications, including the popular Teams application, while OneDrive for...
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Reader question: Deny-by-Default?

Reader Question: How can I set up a “Deny-by-Default” Conditional Access Policy?

It has been a while since I took a question from a reader and turned it into a blog post. It is one of my favorite things to do here on ITProMentor, but the “busy-ness” of life has taken me away from the keyboard a lot in recent months. Now...
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Selling the Security & Compliance Journey

Selling the Digital Transformation Journey: Security & Compliance

When I talk to customers about their Digital Transformation Journey, I always like to give them the "10,000 foot view" so to speak. I suggest that we explore two different angles or "big pictures"  in order to paint an image that customers can then imagine themselves into....
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