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Mark is a Modern Workplace Practice Lead at Interlink Cloud Advisors.

Mark Dreyer

Top 6 Business Features of Microsoft Edge - Microsoft’s New Intranet Searching Browser

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Microsoft Edge has undergone a complete redesign with new browser technology and the ability to search intranet.

This has powerful business implications on how employees access their data and utilize their browsers.
Read on to learn more!
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Microsoft Edge Overview

Microsoft Edge is no longer Microsoft Edge you once knew. The old version has been scrapped and now is revamped with completely new web browser technology. Businesses can now empower their user’s productivity and improve data accessibility through intranet searching within Edge. This is a powerful new feature that unifies data and information, which employees regularly access. Edge is also now based on the Chromium technology, which brings a refreshing user experience, connections with Chrome’s extensions, and improved performance. These updates have quickly driven this new version of Edge to become the second most popular web browser today. With the ability to search intranet, see graphical displays of data, use of extensions, and increased security and usability – Microsoft Edge is a powerful tool to increase productivity and save time for any organization.

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Manage Microsoft Teams & Establish Security: Six Questions You Should Be Asking

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Managing Microsoft Teams enables your organization to optimize productive collaboration but requires thoughtful planning to do it well. Read on to consider what’s best for your organization!
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Overview of Teams

Microsoft Teams is a powerful platform that combines workplace chat, meetings, notes, and attachments. Teams integrates with your Office 365 subscription productivity suite and feature extensions that can integrate with non-Microsoft products as well. It provides a place for your team to collaborate on projects through unified communication, which increases business effectiveness.

Six Questions Your Organization Should Be Asking

Interlink has put together these six questions we believe all organizations should be asking themselves to ensure they are managing Teams well and have established appropriate security through governance and compliance.

  1. What data retention policies for Teams is best for your environment and industry?
  2. Who is allowed to create a Team? Should they all have those permissions?
  3. Should you archive or expire unused Teams?
  4. Do you know which of your Teams are public or private?
  5. Are you licensed correctly to fully utilize Data Loss Protection in Teams?
  6. Do you need to protect Teams from containing protected words or profanity in their names?
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Protect Your Organization from Rising Security Threats

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Learn How to Protect Your Organization from Rising Security Threats with Interlink’s Security Energize Workshop
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As if the security threat landscape wasn’t dangerous enough, the onset of COVID-19 has dramatically increased the number of cyber-attacks. News and updates on the spreading virus have more people clicking on links than ever before, and cyber-hackers and thieves are taking full advantage.

  • Every country in the world has seen at least one COVID-19 themed attack
  • Microsoft has observed 76 threat variants using COVID-19 themed lures
  • Microsoft tracks thousands of email phishing campaigns that cover millions of malicious messages every week
  • Of the millions of targeted messages Microsoft sees each day, roughly 60,000 include COVID-19 related malicious attachments or malicious URLs
  • Those numbers represent less than two percent of the total volume of threats Microsoft actively tracks and protect against daily
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Azure Sentinel + Interlink's Energize Workshop Offering

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Jump-start your security defenses with a cloud-native, scalable, threat intelligence (SIEM) solution!
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Overview of Azure Sentinel

Azure Sentinel delivers intelligent security analytics and threat intelligence across the enterprise, providing a single solution for alert detection, threat visibility, proactive hunting, and threat response. Sentinel brings compliance to organizations through connecting Office 365 logs, especially when researching events that happened in the past, like previous behavior of a former employee or trying to determine access points that hackers may have used for entry while the default is that the log is only kept for 90 days. This is very limiting when a security breach occurs, or organizations would like to keep logs for more than 90 days. Connecting Office 365 logs to Azure Sentinel enables you to view and analyze this data in your workbooks, query it to create custom alerts, and incorporate it to improve your investigation process, giving you more insight into your Office 365 security.

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Conditional Access: Important Baseline Announcement

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Make sure your organization is ready for changes to Conditional Access Baseline Protections!
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Recently, Microsoft announced an update to Conditional Access policies regarding security. Read to learn what will be replacing Security Defaults, and how to turn it on!

Baseline Protections Update  

Microsoft currently has Baseline Protection Policies in place with Conditional Access in order to protect organizational accounts. Baseline Protections will stop being enforced on February 29th, 2020 and be replaced with Security Defaults. Security Defaults are a set of basic identity security mechanisms recommended by Microsoft. New tenants will automatically have these enabled, but existing tenants will require action. When enabled, these recommendations will automatically be enforced in your organization. Administrators and users will be better protected from common identity-related attacks – but you must be sure to enable these features! View the Microsoft announcement Introducing Security Defaults, which explain this.

If you are currently using Conditional Access and want to set up the equivalent policies in place of baseline, contact us today!

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