Tag - compliance

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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The three opportunities for MSP's moving forward

The three opportunities for MSP’s moving forward

The writing has been on the wall a while now; with a mass exodus to cloud services such as Microsoft 365 from traditional on-premises infrastructure, it was only a matter of time before those selling MSP services had to either evolve or die off. And with recent high-profile attacks against...
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There is no panacea, there is no silver bullet

There is no panacea, there is no silver bullet

I had a really interesting question come up during one of my recent online courses. One of the participants asked whether device management, and even MAM (application-based management) were necessary anymore, now that we have stuff like MIP and Sensitivity Labels. I was taken aback by this question and I...
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Why aren’t you charging your customers to take care of Microsoft 365?

This is a simple question. The way I see it, there are many opportunities to provide Managed Services for SMB customers with regard to their Microsoft 365 subscriptions. Yet to this day, hardly anyone is doing it. Why? I suspect some folks have difficulty connecting all the dots and putting...
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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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Notes from the field: Windows 10 Device Compliance

One of the coolest features in Microsoft 365 is the ability to measure device compliance, and based on that reading, grant, deny or limit access to cloud resources. For mobile devices this works really well, and most compliance policies are fairly simple: make sure the device isn't jail-broken/rooted, require a...
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Does Microsoft backup my data in Office 365? Do I need more or additional backup?

A new reader question came in, and frankly it's one that I hear a lot. I'm sure I have smatterings referring to this issue in other articles, but this one should stand to clear up the questions once and for all--this will be something I can point people to moving...
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Managing Microsoft Teams: More to it than meets the eye

There have been some pretty good improvements over the last year with Teams, and there is only more good news on the way. Check out the backlog of requested features with updates at UserVoice. Great stuff like Private channels and Outlook group calendars are on the near horizon. But a lot...
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How to use DLP to automatically file HIPAA incident reports in Microsoft 365

I have previously written about Data Loss Prevention (DLP) on this site, and today I am going to demonstrate another important use of this technology in helping to meet certain compliance requirements for HIPAA.* You can also apply this process to other sensitive information types, where incident reports are recommended,...
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