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Reader question: Do you recommend Defender in place of third-party antivirus or security tools?

It feels like it has been a while since I addressed a reader question on the blog. This is one I get frequently, all the more so in recent months since Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (formerly Microsoft Defender ATP) became available as a standalone subscription via CSP. Previously, it was...
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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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A simpler Conditional Access baseline

Some folks have written to me about the "complexity" of my Conditional Access guide and were hoping to find something a bit simpler. This surprised me, and initially I shrugged it off. But I have heard this feedback more than once now, so I decided to take this thought experiment...
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Is “Best Practices” a myth?

I often find myself musing over this question these days. Granted, I actually do publish something called The Microsoft 365 Best Practices Checklists--but really these are more like recommendations. In fact, I recently updated them to include governance decisions around collaboration (e.g. affecting apps such as...
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Implementing the ACSC Essential 8 with Microsoft 365

I have had this request on my backburner for a while, and I finally got around to knocking it out: from a reader in the Land Down Under--Australia! Update: Microsoft has a much-improved set of Learn articles on the Essential Eight, with detailed guidance on implementing the three Maturity Levels (MLs)...
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Managed Services Opportunities within Microsoft 365

I still regularly receive questions from independent IT consultants as well as Managed Services Providers about Microsoft 365 in relation to "regular maintenance" tasks and the like, which can be translated into Managed Services opportunity. Everyone intuitively understands that something like this is possible, but they do not know where...
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How do you deal with the unreasonable storage limits in SharePoint Online?!

I had a great question come in from a long-time reader recently: As I begin my journey to move clients from on-prem file servers to SharePoint/Teams, I keep getting hung up on the storage allocation.  1TB for an organization + 10GB/user is so far behind the times of what other vendors...
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What is the biggest opportunity for IT Service Providers and Consultants today, in light of COVID-19?

I got this question from a reader named Rob the other day. The full question is actually a bit more detailed and revealed a lot more about the author of the question--so I've only included an abridged version that pulls out the heart of the inquiry that I'm addressing here...
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