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Matt Scherocman

Announcing Microsoft's New Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) Offering

Announcing Microsoft's New Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) Offering

Recently Microsoft announced their new Secure Productive Enterprise offering. This offering combines Office 365 with either the E3 or E5 packages, with the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite, and Windows Desktop OS. 

Microsoft has just launched special pricing through March of 2017! See below. 

Secure Productive Enterprise SPE E5

Contact us today to talk about how to take advantage of this offer with Microsoft!

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Stephanie Donahue

Why the Dropbox Security Breach Should Have You Deploying OneDrive for Business

Why the Dropbox Security Breach Should Have You Deploying OneDrive for Business

I’ve said for a while that if you haven’t invested in a corporate-managed external file sharing software like Box, Dropbox or OneDrive, then I guarantee at least some of your users have gone rogue and done it themselves. For a long time, corporate users have been frustrated with email attachments that are blocked and aging and unreliable ftp servers. As a result, many have resorted to creating their own personal Dropbox accounts. These personal accounts may be connected to personal email addresses or even a corporate email address. These personal Dropbox accounts are being used to transfer the corporate documents you are responsible for protecting. This is commonly encouraged by vendors and so your end users see it as harmless. Everyone does it. It’s possible that even the IT department isn’t overly concerned about it – I haven’t seen many IT departments drop everything to fix the problem.  Before I explain my concern…let me start with a story.

As a member of IT leadership, you get a phone call from Dropbox. They inform you that 100 users in your organization have Dropbox accounts that they created on their own, using their corporate email. So – aren’t you interested in an Enterprise account so you can manage them? First, this may come as a shock – 100 users! You ask – can I find out who those users are?  No, they won’t provide that information, you don’t own it. You look into the cost and it’s more than you want to deal with, so you put it to the side to be addressed later.

In the meantime, Dropbox has a security breach.  Those 100 users from your own organization now have shared content that can be compromised. This time, it’s only old passwords and Dropbox forced password resets for those that needed it. However, we’ve seen a lot of security breaches lately across a number of platforms and many of them have been on relevant and active information. Sure, you could always just have them go change their passwords when these things happen. In this case though, you don’t even know who to contact to make sure they do. And…what if that compromised password is on an account that links to their corporate email and it was the same one they used to log into your network with? They didn’t just hack Dropbox, your network is at risk. So, you don’t know who has an account, who used the same password for their corporate account, who hasn’t changed their password since the breach, or what content is at risk. This isn’t a good situation!

Fortunately, the answer may be easier than you think. For many, OneDrive for Business is already part of your licensing agreement. It’s an easy roll-out and one of the easiest components of Office 365 to train users on. For those concerned about not being ready for the cloud, you can still support your on-premises SharePoint 2013 or 2016 servers and configure a redirect to OneDrive for Business instead of using My Sites. Easy! No more excuses.

Contact Interlink to learn more about OneDrive and how it keeps your documents secure.

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Matt Scherocman

Difference Between Microsoft’s Cloud App Security and Office 365 Advanced Security Management

Difference Between Microsoft’s Cloud App Security and Office 365 Advanced Security Management

Cloud App Security and Office 365 Advanced Security Management are very comparable Microsoft products, and many of our clients are confused over the difference between them. Both were acquired by Microsoft through the acquisition of Adallom and give users the capability to create security policies and receive alerts when those policies are breeched. In addition, each of the products give users the ability to set manual or automation remediation. Focused on Office 365, Advanced Security Management (ASM) does that work automatically.

In contrast, Cloud App Security covers a wide range of SaaS-based applications - including competitor’s services like Box, Salesforce, and Amazon Web Services. Cloud App Security also adds more functionality including its own data loss prevention, ability to automatically add new applications, and integration with Security Information Event Management (SIEM) products. 

The below chart provides additional details on when each product includes:

Difference Between Microsoft Cloud App Security and Office 365 Advanced Security Management

Contact Interlink today to discuss your needs and which solutions would be a fit for your organization.  

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Mark Rackley

Impactful Changes to Office 365 – SharePoint Sandbox Solutions [Time Sensitive]

Impactful Changes to Office 365 – SharePoint Sandbox Solutions [Time Sensitive]

Microsoft has recently made a significant change to the way they are handling SharePoint Sandbox Solutions in Office 365. This may have a major impact or your organization as these changes roll out across tenants.

If you have uploaded any Sandbox Solutions to your Office 365 tenant in the past week or so, you may have found that you are no longer able to activate these templates. That is because Microsoft is in the process of disabling the activation of any Sandbox Solutions that contain code. In addition, according to an article in Reddit - Microsoft has disabled activation of Sandboxed code solutions AND will disable all active solutions in 30 days on SharePoint Online.

Now, I’m skeptical of the statement that all Sandbox Solutions with code will be disabled in 30 days, as this will unlikely cause catastrophic consequences for some folks, but I don’t have any further information at this time.

What do disabled SharePoint Sandbox Solutions mean to me?

There are a few implications here. If you have any code-based Sandbox Solutions running in your environment in Office 365 you may start to see broken web-parts, pages, event receivers, or broken other functionality/errors in the next month or so. The implications could be as small as a missing web part on a page to a broken site collection. It really depends on what code has been deployed to your tenant.

In addition, if you’ve previously created any Site Templates that were created from sites that had activated code-based Sandbox Solutions, you will NOT be able to create sites from these templates after the solution has been disabled.

How can I tell if I have any SharePoint Sandbox Solutions?

You can go to your Solutions Gallery to see if you have any Sandbox Solutions deployed. You can get to the Solutions Gallery by going to the Site Settings of your Site Collection, then clicking on the “Solutions” link under the “Web Designer Galleries” section.

sandbox Solutions

Please note, this is also where things like Site Templates are stored, so don’t freak out of you see some solutions deployed and don’t know what they are. Hopefully they were named well as there are little details displayed from the Solutions Gallery itself.

Why weren’t we warned sooner?

Microsoft actually DID warn everyone back in January 2014 - one instance of this is on the SharePoint dev blog in an article titled Deprecation of Custom Code in Sandboxed Solutions. Plus we’ve been telling clients since then to stop doing code-based Sandbox Solutions.

Yet, it is a little surprising they would make sure a hard cut off of 30 days though. If I can get some confirmation I’ll be sure to update the post.

What do I do if this affects my company?

Excellent question. First of all, if you have any Site Templates that utilize code-based Sandbox Solutions, re-create those Site Templates with your code-based Sandbox Solutions disabled. I would do this immediately - if not sooner. Once a solution has been deactivated there is no way to create a site with a Site Template dependent on that feature.

Secondly, if you have any code-based Sandbox Solutions, evaluate their functionality and determine what will stop working. Some of the functionality (visual web parts) can be recreated with scripting, while other functionality (event receivers) may cause you a lot more heartburn to replicate without a Sandbox Solution.

You can also reach out to us at Interlink and we could help point you in the right direction for what to do in your particular scenario. It is important you do SOMETHING though. Interlink can assess your current environment, help point out possible pain points, and guide you through the re-creation of code-based Sandbox Solutions into a supported format.

Should I panic?

Hopefully, no, but honestly, if code-based Sandbox Solutions are forcibly disabled in 30 days you should be concerned if there is any chance you have them in your environment.

[Update as of 8/3/2016: Microsoft released a script that lets you check for sandbox solutions]

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Sarah Bunt

Microsoft Office 365 Planner: Teamwork Organized

Microsoft Office 365 Planner: Teamwork Organized

Bring together teams and tasks and get more done with Planner in Office 365 

You and your teams always have projects that you need to get done and management always seems to be adding more “to do” tasks. With the Outlook tasks feature you can’t be as collaborative as you need, and your projects often don’t require the sophistication of Microsoft Project. Microsoft has developed the perfect in between solution for those who have an Office 365 subscription – Microsoft Planner. 

Office 365 Planner is now being rolled out to all eligible users in Office 365! Planner makes working together a lot more organized and fun. It helps users organize and structure their teamwork. Teams can create new plans, organize and assign tasks, set due dates and update status in just a few easy clicks. With Planner, users can attach files and have conversations around tasks. Planner’s visual dashboards and email notifications keep everyone informed on the overall progress of their initiative.

  • Get started quickly
  • Work together without chaos
  • Always stay informed

Pain Point #1 – Coordinating Tasks:

Today, the majority of information workers coordinate their team activities and team tasks using sub-optimal tools and methods such as email, post-it notes, Office Apps like Excel and PowerPoint, or by memory!

The Solution:

Microsoft Planner is simple and easy to use.

  • Engaging User Interface helps users create a plan, build a team, and assign tasks and set due dates in just a few simple clicks
  • Users can find benefit the very first time using it

 Pain Point #2 - Communicating:  

To get work done, team members share files, communicate back and forth via emails, engage in IM conversations, etc. As the number of tasks continue to grow, teamwork becomes harder to organize. Key insights and conversations related to tasks get locked away in disjointed apps, email attachments, etc.

The Solution:

Microsoft Planner is transparent and allows team members to work together without switching apps

  • Everyone has a clear sight into who is working on what
  • Users can attach files to tasks in a couple of clicks and start editing them together
  • Team members can initiate a group conversation thread right from the task

Pain Point #3– Big Picture View:

As the number of tasks and size of the team starts to grow, team members lose track of the big picture.

The Solution:

Microsoft Planner is mobile and provides insights

  • With Planner ‘Charts’, everyone knows where things are at all times
  • Email notifications alert team members when things change, new tasks are assigned to them, or they get pulled into conversation

 

mytasks Office 365 Planner 

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Q & A

Q. Which Office 365 plans are eligible for Planner?

A. Planner is included in the Office 365 Enterprise E1–E5 subscription plans (including corresponding Government and Non-Profit), Office 365 Business Essentials and Premium plans, and Office 365 Education.

 

Q. Is Planner available for customers on premise?

A. Microsoft Planner is an Office 365 cloud only solution and not available for customers on premises.

 

Q. Can Planner be purchased stand-alone?

A. Microsoft Planner is only be available through Office 365 Subscriptions, and cannot be purchased stand-alone.

 

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