Modern Authentication in Microsoft 365 Key to Improved Security

In February 2021, Microsoft announced an updated schedule for removing support for basic authentication. That is, in the second half of 2021 modern authentication will become the access method for Office apps. While Microsoft has granted customers additional time to implement the change, organizations need to prepare now. The process of implementing modern authentication methods and disabling basic authentication can prove complex. Various versions of Office handle authentication differently. Additionally, while challenges with application and protocol support have eased, mobile apps still give some trouble. And organizations need to avoid a key security risk. Modern Authentication vs. Basic Authentication First,…

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Regain Control of the Cloud with Microsoft Cloud App Security

Migrating to the cloud strengthens organizations by powering remote work and increasing collaboration. However, with these advantages come additional challenges as companies work to balance data accessibility with data security. Microsoft Cloud App Security helps businesses harness the value of cloud computing while safeguarding critical digital resources. Visibility, Protection, and Compliance with Microsoft Cloud App Security As a Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Microsoft Cloud App Security sits between cloud services providers and the users of those services. In this role, it acts to enforce the organization’s security policies. For instance, a CASB may enforce a policy that prohibits sharing…

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Windows 11 Set to Deliver Security and Productivity Improvements

This fall, Microsoft will release the newest version of its Windows operating system. While official Microsoft communications remain vague on the timing, signs point to an October release date for Windows 11. New and improved features promise enhanced security and productivity, as well as faster updates and more support for tablets. Productivity Boosts Windows 11 includes several key features to boost productivity and collaboration. To begin with, the update allows users to access Microsoft Teams directly from the taskbar. That means that with the click of a mouse, users can chat with or video call a contact without leaving their…

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Growing Businesses Start Simply with a Path for Expansion on RapidStart CRM

As businesses grow, the need to track potential customers and current accounts moves beyond the capabilities of a simple spreadsheet. However, power tier solutions like Salesforce.com, Microsoft Dynamics 365, SAP and Oracle may prove too complex and expensive. For small to midsize companies, RapidStart CRM delivers a simple, affordable solution designed for growth. The Goldilocks Zone The major competitors in the CRM market offer hundreds of features. And for large enterprises, the advanced capabilities of a solution like Dynamics 365 Sales Professional and Sales Enterprise prove essential. On the other hand, for a small to midsize company, feature overload can…

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Microsoft Exchange Hack – Essential Steps to Protect Your Data

On March 2, Microsoft warned of exploits that take advantage of multiple Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities. Security experts warn that any organization running on-premises Microsoft Exchange could be at risk for the Microsoft Exchange Hack. They must take the threat seriously and follow the steps necessary to protect data assets. Hafnium Hack The Microsoft hack appears to have originated with the Hafnium organization out of China. Hence, some refer to it as the Hafnium Hack. However, experts have now identified at least ten advanced persistent threat groups using the vulnerabilities to attack thousands of servers an hour. And it appears the…

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 vs SAP and Oracle Comprehensive ERP Solutions

As business processes grow more complex, organizations must constantly improve productivity and efficiency to stay ahead of the competition. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions drive that improvement by helping companies manage resources across the board. Microsoft Dynamics 365 stands out in a field of ERP options, empowering organizations to thrive. In the realm of cloud-based ERP systems, Microsoft, SAP and Oracle all offer full-featured solutions. All three support companies of various sizes, and each can deploy in the cloud and on all major platforms. But each solution has specific strengths. Consider some of the powerful benefits of Dynamics 365. Break…

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Microsoft 365 vs Google Workspace; Which Will Power your Teams?

The software you choose to power your teams will affect nearly every aspect of the workday, from online meetings to document creation and email. Naturally, Microsoft and Google dominate the landscape, both offering a variety of solutions for business. In the Microsoft 365 vs Google Workspace (formerly G-Suites) battle, which option will deliver for you? On the surface, Microsoft and Google offer similar options. Both provide email, word processing, spreadsheets and presentation capabilities. Both deliver the ability to connect through video conferencing and chat, to take notes and store documents. But a closer look reveals differing approaches. Microsoft builds on…

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Survey reveals customers crave digital experiences

More than ever before, customers want to interact digitally with businesses in the same way as they do with friends and family; through social media and mobile devices. These insights are revealed through a recent Microsoft survey of over 1,000 U.S. consumers that uncovered shifts in the ways customers want to hear from businesses. Given that the ability to acquire and retain customers is perhaps the single most important factor for small business success, it’s critical that business owners can deliver on these digital experiences. Below are key ideas to keep in mind when implementing digital experiences into your business….

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Zero Touch Deployment: The Perfect System for Schools Facing COVID-19

Shaking hands upon introduction. Holding a menu at a restaurant. Many touches you regularly performed pre-COVID-19 now seem like an unnecessary risk. We can relate. We feel this way about traditional software deployment. In a traditional deployment, eMazzanti’s specialists work with members of the client organization to log into a device and configure all software, custom settings and security measures. We then test that all systems are go, often with the help of the end user, before moving onto the next device. While we are known for our efficiency and commitment to minimizing downtime, we recommend that clients seeking to…

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Why Schools Need to Extend Quarantine to the Virtual Classroom

As an educator, you might be interested to know that Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines quarantine as,“a restraint upon the activities or communication of persons or the transport of goods designed to prevent the spread of disease.” As a person living in the year 2020, you know it in practice all too well. Since COVID-19 caught the world off-guard, we’ve been sheltering in place, only interacting with a few trusted members of our social circle in-person and holding everything from work meetings to weddings online. Your school has fully embraced the new normal. You’re implementing policies that will bring all of the…

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