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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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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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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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Announcing the Microsoft 365 SMB Data Protection Toolkit

Announcing the Microsoft 365 SMB Data Protection Toolkit

Perhaps you have noticed that it has been quieter around here in the last couple of months. Usually silence is an indicator that I've been a busy bee, working on some other endeavors. Today I am happy to announce that one of my labors has finally come to fruition (I...
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Automating third-party software deployments and updates with Intune and Scappman

Automating third-party software deployments and updates with Intune and Scappman

Hey folks! For those of you in my audience who work at Managed Services Providers (MSP's), I wanted to introduce you to a product called Scappman that I am really excited about. Rarely do I come across something like this, which solves such an important problem in just the way I...
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Announcing the Practice Development Community and Monthly Educational Series

Today is a big day here at ITProMentor.com. We are entering a new year, and we have a big agenda to go along with it! In my recent surveys many of you indicated interest in gathering together and forming a community. As well, more than a few have asked...
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How much security is ‘enough’ security? Looking at Microsoft 365 Defender vs. Azure Sentinel

How much security is 'enough' security? This is in fact a trick question, I just threw it in there to get your attention. When it comes to security, one can never be 'safe,' but only 'safer' (even with the most expensive of cybersecurity tools and talented, dedicated humans to back...
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Managed Services Providers Are Doing IT All Wrong

As a Microsoft MVP and frequent community contributor, I have been invited to participate as a “subject matter expert” in several groups and online communities. Since I also work for an IT Managed Services Provider, some of these invites have brought me into peer groups comprised of folks who own...
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Free Microsoft 365 Security Assessment Tool based on CIS Controls

Note: I have updated this workbook to reflect changes in v8 of the CIS Controls framework. Please see this post for more details. Especially in the small and mid-sized enterprise space, it can be very difficult to persuade customers to spend additional money on their technology investments "because security." Therefore,...
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Building your Security Practice with Microsoft Threat Protection and Azure Sentinel

I have some exciting news today. I have a new publication available covering Microsoft 365 E5 Security and Microsoft Threat Protection, with a bonus section at the end featuring Azure Sentinel (which is a separate product, not included with Microsoft 365). The document is available here if you want to...
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