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The Importance of Clear Communication

The Importance of Clear Communication

I regularly advocate for aggressive change in small-sized organizations. In many ways, this is one place where smaller sized businesses have an advantage over mega-corporations. The larger the company, generally the longer it takes for them to adopt (and adapt to) new technology. There are exceptions to every rule of...
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Unboxing Microsoft Defender for Business: Device-based Conditional Access

Unboxing Microsoft Defender for Business, Part 4: Integration with MEM and Conditional Access

Welcome back to this series! Microsoft Defender for Business (MDB) is a huge product with lots of ground to cover. So far we have discussed the Simplified configuration process, Threat & Vulnerability Management, and Attack Surface Reduction Rules. Since we began our series an exciting thing has happened: MDB has been...
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Why Not Set Up a Retention Policy Today?

Why Don’t You Have a Retention Policy In Place Yet?

Most SMBs I consult with have never configured a retention policy, or indeed, they are not even aware of the retention capabilities in Microsoft 365. In general, Information Governance is one of those areas that simply does not get the attention that it deserves, especially in the small business market. But...
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Unboxing MDB, part 3: ASR rules

Unboxing Defender for Business, Part 3: Attack Surface Reduction rules

If you haven't been following this series, let me catch you up. First, understand that Microsoft recently made a huge announcement: their enterprise-class endpoint security solution, known as Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, has been re-packaged and released for the SMB (and included in the popular Microsoft 365 Business Premium SKU)...
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Unboxing Defender for Business, Part 2: Threat & Vulnerability Management

Unboxing Defender for Business, Part 2: Threat & Vulnerability Management

Last time we looked at how to get started with Microsoft Defender for Business and the so-called "Simplified configuration process," which helped us onboard our first Windows devices and apply basic policies to manage antivirus and firewall settings across the organization. In this blog post, we will ask the question:...
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ITProMentor gets a new virtual home and membership platform

Outsourcing done right This weekend an exciting thing happened here at ITProMentor.com: we moved to a brand new website with a fancy new design. I encourage my fans and long-time readers to check out the new digs. I can't really take all the credit though. I knew it was time to...
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Happy Holidays, and looking forward to 2022

Happy Holidays, and looking forward to 2022

The end of another year is fast approaching. And that means (besides that the holidays are coming) it’s time for my annual review process. As a self-employed person who identifies as a rebel (meaning that I don’t take direction from myself or others very well), this is something that I have...
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More details on Microsoft Defender for Business (MDB)

More details on Microsoft Defender for Business (MDB)

Perhaps the biggest Microsoft product announcement this year for SMB customers was Microsoft Defender for Business, an Enterprise-grade endpoint security solution which is based on the wildly successful Microsoft Defender for Endpoint product. As previously noted on this blog, MDB will be included with Microsoft 365 Business Premium, which we...
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Introducing Microsoft Defender for Business: you heard that right... it's *included* with Business Premium

Introducing Microsoft Defender for Business: you heard that right… it’s *included* with Business Premium

Remember a couple of months ago when Microsoft announced Microsoft Defender for Endpoint P1? Many critical eyes in the community quickly pointed out that Business Premium customers were apparently left out to dry, even though the SMB is where we need the most help when it comes to endpoint security....
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