Tag - Microsoft Defender

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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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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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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My opinion on Microsoft Threat Protection for the SMB

Since I released my guide on Microsoft 365 E5 Security and Microsoft Threat Protection, I have been getting a lot of questions and comments about my stance on the use of these products for SMB customers. I left it too neutral, I guess, in the original publication. So, let me...
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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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Inventory and Control of Apps within and beyond the perimeter with Microsoft 365

Managing devices is a topic I have probably burnt my readers out on by this point, so it's time we move into the next stage: wrangling all those crazy third-party applications hiding out in your environment! To build up a foundation of good security, we must identify our apps and...
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Removing local admin: a game of compromise (and some tips and tricks)

Look, I am a realist. Yes: from a security perspective it would be ideal if we could take away local admin privileges on every corporate owned Windows 10 workstation. But that still isn't very easy to do for many organizations. Some orgs do need to maintain a bit more flexibility, with...
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Introducing the Windows 10 Business Secure Configuration Framework

Microsoft has published guidance with respect to securing Enterprise workstations, however this type of literature is lacking for the small business. Specifically, Windows 10 Business (part of Microsoft 365 Business) does not contain all of the same software and features as the Enterprise editions of Windows 10 and Microsoft 365....
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