Elevate Your Security with Microsoft Defender...

Threats are becoming increasingly significant at a higher rate with a rise in cyberattacks targeting small and medium-sized businesses. In the last year, Microsoft have seen a 300% increase in ransomware attacks with over 50% reaching small businesses. Microsoft is investing in security solutions purposefully designed to help protect businesses from cyberattacks.

Microsoft Defender for Business is a new endpoint security solution that’s coming soon. Microsoft Defender for Business is specially built to bring enterprise-grade endpoint security to businesses with up to 300 employees, in a solution that is easy-to-use and cost-effective.

thumbnail image 1 captioned Figure 1: Microsoft Defender for Business brings enterprise-grade capabilities to help protect your business.

Microsoft Defender for Business elevates security from traditional antivirus to next-generation protection, endpoint detection and response, threat and vulnerability management, and a lot more. Defender helps businesses protect themselves against cybersecurity threats including ransomware and malware across macOS, Windows, Android and iOS devices.

Defender for Business includes the following capabilities:

 

Microsoft Defender for Business

Threat and Vulnerability management dashboard helps you to proactively discover and prioritise software vulnerabilities and misconfigurations.

Defender for Business delivers maximum security value at a price point that works for your organisation. Included as part of the Microsoft 365 Business Premium license (or as an addon license), this security and productivity solution brings together MS Teams and Office 365 with the essential security tools for organisations.

Contact Adepteq today to find out how we can help your organisation implement Microsoft Defender for Business to help secure your business.

Read the full Microsoft Defender article here.

 

 

Update to Microsoft 365 and Outlook for Windows connectivity...

To ensure that Microsoft meet performance expectations, they are updating the supported versions of Outlook for Windows that can connect to Microsoft 365 services.

From November 1, 2021, the following versions of Outlook for Windows, as part of Office and Microsoft 365 Apps, were no longer able to connect with Office 365 and Microsoft 365 services.

If organisations do not update, they may over time, encounter performance or reliability issues. Organisations that use these older clients will almost certainly face an increased security risk and may find themselves out of compliance depending upon specific regional or industry requirements. Therefore, administrators should update older Office clients to versions of Office supported for connecting to Microsoft 365 services.

Office and
Microsoft 365 Apps
Outlook for
Windows Version
Office 2013 15.0.4970.9999
and older
Office 2016 16.0.4599.9999
and older
Microsoft
365 Apps for enterprise (formerly Office 365 ProPlus)
1705 and
older
Microsoft
365 Apps for business (formerly Office 365 Business)
1705 and
older

If this is something your organisation is considering in order to prevent encountering performance or reliability issues, Adepteq are able to help your organisation update older Office clients to versions of Office supported for connecting to Microsoft 365 services. Contact us now.

Transform Your Hybrid Working Experience with Microsoft Viva

Microsoft are excited to announce that all four Viva modules shared at the beginning of that journey—Viva Connections, Viva Insights, Viva Topics, and Viva Learning—are now generally available and with the purchase of just one plan, the new Viva suite, you have access to all of them. They are also announcing new capabilities and partnerships for each module and a centralised IT admin experience.

Microsoft Viva ensures every employee is a part of their organisation’s culture, expert knowledge, personal productivity insights, and key learning resources.Viva empowers every level of an organisation to address key challenges of hybrid work and employee burnout, which is a serious, common occurrence in today's working environment.

The Microsoft Viva suite: One plan for an integrated EXP

With the Microsoft Viva suite, customers get an integrated EXP that brings together knowledge, learning, communications, resources, and insights into the flow of work.

Viva Connections: Culture and communications

Viva Connections is a curated, company-branded experience that brings together relevant news, conversations, and resources in the applications and devices you use every day—and later this month, those devices will include your mobile phone.

You are now also able to add cards for Approvals, Shifts, and Tasks from Teams into your Viva Connections dashboard.

 

Viva Insights: Productivity and wellbeing

Viva Insights helps improve productivity and wellbeing through data-driven, privacy-protected insights and recommendations. Microsoft are announcing expanded capabilities to help managers and team leads navigate hybrid work and to help everyone in an organisation run more effective meetings.

microsoft viva insights

Viva Topics: Knowledge and expertise

Viva Topics applies AI to automatically organise content and expertise across your systems and teams into related topics, like projects, products, processes, and customers. That content appears as topic pages and topic centers—created and updated by AI—that enable experts to cultivate and share knowledge with wiki-like simplicity.

Viva Learning: Skilling and growth

Viva Learning brings enterprise learning into the flow of work by connecting content from your organisation, Learning Management Systems, third-party providers, and Microsoft.

 

If you would like to see how Adepteq can transform your hybrid working experience with Microsoft Viva, get in contact with us today. For more information about Microsoft Viva, read our launch post here.

To read the full Microsoft Viva article, click here.

 

In the month of November, Adepteq are excited to announce two new webinars in collaboration with Omnia- 'Supercharge your Intranet with Microsoft Viva' and 'Improve Employee Experience- The Practical Guide to a Successful Intranet'.

The first webinar will be taking place on Thursday 4th November 2021 titled 'Supercharge your Intranet with Microsoft Viva'. 

With Microsoft Viva, we get superpowers to our Intranet, and we can utilise Viva Topics as a Knowledge Management system, and Viva Connections to reach our employees with the latest news and corporate information. Join Ian Loman and Omnia's Knut Relbe-Moe, while they give you an overview of how to supercharge your Intranet with Microsoft Viva and Omnia.

Microsoft Viva helps you connect with your employees through multiple apps within Microsoft Teams. While your Intranet is typically the place where you used to look for corporate information and find news, announcements, and other important information about your company.

To find out more about this webinar and to register now, click here.

The second webinar will be taking place on Monday 18th November 2021 titled 'Improve Employee Experience- The Practical Guide to a Successful Intranet'.

Join Ian Loman and Omnia's Anders Fagerlund, while they give you an overview of how to drive implementation of a successful intranet and also an overview of Omnia, a top-ranked Intranet in a box product. Omnia shows the way to a well-used intranet and a world-class Employee Experience.

In this webinar, you will learn how to design and implement an intranet that improves Employee Experience. We will take you through the process step by step and share several solution examples that are designed for the purpose.

To find out more about this webinar and to register now, click here.

Target audience

This event is primarily aimed at roles like CIO, CDO, Business developers, Intranet or Digital Workplace Managers or similar roles within organisations planning for a new intranet based on Microsoft technology.

General information

If the date and time don’t suit you, sign up anyway and we will send you the presentation and a recording of the webinar.

This webinar is free of charge and is held in English. You can participate using a web browser or a mobile app. Unfortunately, we cannot accept registrations from private email addresses (gmail, outlook, yahoo etc.).

We look forward to having you join us, please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Microsoft are excited to announce that Windows 11 will start to become available on October 5, 2021.

A free upgrade to Windows 11 will begin rolling out to eligible Windows 10 PCs and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will start to become available for users to easily buy. As PCs play a more central role in our day to day lives, Windows 11 is designed to bring you closer to what you love by empowering your productivity and creativity.

Adepteq have the rundown on this exciting new release:

  1. With Windows 11, users will experience new designs and sounds that are modern and fresh.
  2. 'Start' utilises the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show you your recent files no matter what device you were viewing them on.
  3. Want an even more powerful way to multitask and optimise your screen? Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops provide just that.
  4. With conversations through Microsoft Teams, Windows 11 provides a faster way to connect with others, as Microsoft Teams will be integrated into the taskbar.
  5. Widgets, a new personalized feed powered by AI, provides a faster way to access the information you are interested in.
  6. This latest version of Windows, is inclusively designed with new accessibility improvements that were built for and by people with disabilities.
  7.  Microsoft are opening the Store to allow more developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to bring their apps to the Store which unlocks new opportunities for developers and creators.
  8. Windows 11 is optimized for speed, efficiency and improved experiences with touch, digital pen and voice input.
  9. Windows 11 is the operating system for hybrid work and learning, delivering new experiences that work how you work, are secure by design, and easy and familiar for IT to deploy and manage.

The free upgrade starts on October 5 and will be phased and measured. New eligible devices will be offered the upgrade first. The upgrade will then roll out over time to in-market devices based on intelligence models that consider hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, age of device and other factors that impact the upgrade experience. Microsoft expect all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade by mid-2022.

Being Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, Adepteq can provide Microsoft Licences for you to purchase. If you would like to speak to an expert for more information please contact us.

To read the full Microsoft article, click here.

Last week, Microsoft shared a new remote code execution vulnerability in Windows, that has been using the Windows Print Spooler. A remote code execution vulnerability exists when the Windows Print Spooler service improperly performs privileged file operations. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. The vulnerability is actively removed and Microsoft published two workarounds to protect systems from being attacked.

Microsoft have provided two suggestions: to disable the Print Spooler service or to disable inbound remote printing using the Group Policy.

Determine if the Print Spooler service is running

Run the following:

Get-Service -Name Spooler

If the Print Spooler is running or if the service is not set to disabled, select one of the following options to either disable the Print Spooler service, or to Disable inbound remote printing through Group Policy:

Option 1 - Disable the Print Spooler service

If disabling the Print Spooler service is appropriate for your enterprise, use the following PowerShell commands:

Stop-Service -Name Spooler -Force

Set-Service -Name Spooler -StartupType Disabled

Impact of workaround Disabling the Print Spooler service disables the ability to print both locally and remotely.

Option 2 - Disable inbound remote printing through Group Policy

You can also configure the settings via Group Policy as follows:

Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Printers

Disable the “Allow Print Spooler to accept client connections:” policy to block remote attacks.

You must restart the Print Spooler service for the group policy to take effect.

Impact of workaround This policy will block the remote attack vector by preventing inbound remote printing operations. The system will no longer function as a print server, but local printing to a directly attached device will still be possible.

To read the full Microsoft CVE article, click here, which also contains a handy FAQ. If you would like more support and assistance, click here to speak to one of our expert advisors.

When it comes to security, according to the 'State of SMB Cyber Security in 2019', 60% of small business say they lack the skills to deal with security issues and are not prepared to deal with cyber attacks. A lot of small businesses fall into the trap of thinking it's a lot of work to ensure the safety of your company, however it is much easier than you think...

With Microsoft 365 Business Premium, advanced security capabilities along with collaboration tools, can help you run your business safely, from anywhere. Here are the Top 5 Benefits of Microsoft 365 Business Premium.

  1. Communicate and collaborate effortlessly: Save time with Microsoft Teams which allows your employees to collaborate in real-time, through Chat and Online Meetings, Share Files and Co-Author documents all in one convenient place.
  2. Protect your important work data from unauthorized access: Covid-19 means remote working has been taken to a whole new level, however there is a fear of employee's working remotely, falling vulnerable to email hacking where passwords and valuable details could land in the wrong hands. Advanced multifactor authentication, uses a second form of authentication that has been show to thwart 99% of identity hacks according to a Microsoft Security blog (2019). Conditional access policies ensure only authorised company personnel have access to private company data.
  3. Protection against phishing attacks and ransomware: With real-time AI Powered malware scanning, you are able to detect attachments and links shared across email, one drive and teams. Anti-spoof technologies help identify and protect against impersonation and phishing. It helps prevent unauthorised apps or scripts from accessing files.
  4. Safeguard sensitive data: When dealing with sensitive data like customer payment details, you need information protection capabilities. Microsoft 365 Business Premium helps safeguard these confidential business data against breaches and accidental loss, encrypting email and prevents unauthorised access.
  5. Secure your work data on personal devices: Employees use personal phones and laptops to sometimes access work data, Microsoft 365 Business Premium prevents these confidential files from being saved into unsecure, personal locations. Mobile app protection policies help keep work and personal apps separate. Work data can be easily, and safely, wiped remotely if an employee moves on from the company.

 

Microsoft 365 Business premium can help secure work data from anywhere, whilst being cost-effective and easy to use. For more help understanding how your company can benefit from securing their data from anywhere, speak to our technical experts.

 

Since March 2020, the start of Covid-19, we've had to find ways to create engaging virtual experiences at work, whilst working remotely at home. Microsoft have been key players by developing new skillsets within the Microsoft programs such as Microsoft Teams, Office 365 and SharePoint. People often complain about having to use 101 different modes of software for remote collaboration to get work done, but with innovative new Microsoft Teams features, you have more ways to use ONE tool for everyday collaboration and meetings, and now for webinars and external events.

Microsoft have begun the roll out of Webinars and PowerPoint Live, with these capabilities you have new ways to deliver professional and polished presentations in meetings of every size. Does this sound interesting? Well you don't need to purchase a new license or product as these new features will be automatically updated for you in your organisation's plan.

Here's what is in store...

Rich customer engagement now able with Full-featured webinars

You can now organise and hold meetings and webinars for up to 1,000 attendees with Teams. With end-to-end webinar support that’s as simple as setting up a Teams meeting—including custom registration pages and attendee emails, rich presentation options, host controls, such as the ability to disable attendee chat and video, and post-event reporting to understand participation and to follow up with attendees.

Attendee registration page inside of Teams

Having a webinar with more than 1,000 attendees? Teams meetings can seamlessly scale to accommodate a 10,000-person view-only broadcast experience. With a huge increase of working from home, Microsoft have now expanded the attendee limit to 20,000 through the end of this year.

Presenting like a pro is easier than ever!

Delivering impactful and more engaging presentations in a polished and professional way is more do-able than ever with PowerPoint Live and Presenter mode in Microsoft Teams.

Presenters can feel more capable and confident during presentations by bringing together Microsoft’s rich history with presenter experiences in PowerPoint and the collaboration power of Teams.

PowerPoint slide presenter view shown during a Teams meeting

Attendees are able to personalise their experience by privately navigating the content at their own pace or using high contrast mode and screen readers to make content accessible.

Slide translation capabilities

Using Presenter mode, presenters are able to customise how their video feed and content is shown to the audience. The first of three options, Standout mode, shows the speaker’s video feed as a silhouette in front of the shared content; Reporter mode shows content as a visual aid above the speaker’s shoulder, similar to a news broadcast; and Side-by-side mode shows presenter’s video feed alongside their content as they present. Standout mode is now available as of the end of May, and Reporter and Side-by-side will roll out shortly after.

Speaker shown in three layouts view with content

Attendee engagement is just as important after a webinar...

After the event ends, easily access reporting to bring attendee information into your customer relationship management (CRM) applications for lead management and follow-up is important. At the beginning of May, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing customers can export attendee data directly from Teams to automatically create campaigns and customer journeys for ongoing nurture streams. The Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing integration gives webinar hosts more ways to drive engagement, increase conversion, and build loyalty with your attendees.

Export contacts from Teams to Dynamics 365 Marketing

Doesn't this sound great? Get started with Webinars in Microsoft Teams today!

Since the new webinar capabilities are already included in many of the Office and Microsoft 365 plans your organization uses today, there’s no reason to not start using them now.

If you would like to explore how to get the most out of online events and webinars using Microsoft Teams, get in touch with Adepteq today. Our expert team can help educate you further- head over to our training page to see how.

 

Read the full Microsoft article here.

It's been a busy few months but May has flown in with full force. We've got the run-down on 'What's New in Microsoft Teams?'

Microsoft Teams recent updates includes changes regarding Meetings & Webinars, Meeting Recap, Meet Now, and how to Bypass Lobby Waiting as well as much more. Keep reading to find out how!

Meetings & Webinars:

Microsoft has began to offer live transcription in the Microsoft Teams platform for English (US). This feature allows a written record of the spoken text that happens during a meeting. Each speaker is clearly identified whilst speech is captured automatically in real-time which can be accessed during and after the teams meeting.

Meeting Recap

Meeting recap is available once a meeting is over in the form of a recording, transcript, attached files and chat. This recap is available in the Details Tab and can be shared with participants of the meeting. People who have joined the meeting late, or missed it can have access to this at any time.

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Meet Now in Outlook client for Windows

From the Calendar tab in Outlook for windows, you can now start a Teams meeting instantly by clicking the Meet Now button. For this to work, admins need to set the Allow Private Meet Now policy option to True in their admin console area.

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Get a Meet Now meeting link from the Calendar

To share a meeting with others quickly, you can simply copy the Meet Now link from your Calendar before the meeting starts. This is a quick and easy way to paste the link into chat, text and also emails.

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New bypass lobby option

With the new Microsoft updates, certain groups of users are able to join meetings directly and bypass meeting lobbies with the new policies. "People in my organisation" and "People in my organisation, trusted organisation and guests." This gives users another level of security and flexibility when using Teams.

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These few points are just a snippet of some of the changes Microsoft Teams is going through, stay tuned for more posts on these important changes, and get in touch to stay up-to-date and in contact. To read the full article click here.

Microsoft 365 subscriptions allows businesses to link devices and data across platforms, from any location, all with a single login. Giving your company greater agility and your first steps towards a fully connected workforce. It brings Microsoft’s leading business applications and combines them into one integrated productivity suite. Familiar programs allow your workforce to use their existing skills and leverage your investments in the world’s number one business suite.

Assess and Build Resilience Throughout Your Organisation:

Covid-19 has forced businesses globally to work from home, therefore helping your workforce stay connected is important now more than ever. Get useful resources to learn about monitoring, reporting and decision‑making tools to help everyone stay connected, productive and secure. Find timely advice for whatever stage your organisation has reached in returning to the workplace.

Resilience is safely returning back to work. As you move toward bringing employees back, give your teams the tools to help them stay safe and productive on the job with solutions from Microsoft. Explore These Microsoft Resources Today

Features and Resources:

Discover the home site app for Microsoft Teams

Homesite app microsoft teams
 
The new home site app in Teams gives you global navigation across sites, communities and teams, plus a personalised news feed. This allows you to tailor your interests so that you get access to the things you like.  Read the blog and watch an on‑demand video session featuring demos and more.
 
Learn About The App >
 

Apply modern principles to your organisation's intranet

microsoft sharepoint

Learn how to use Microsoft SharePoint to meet your organisation's needs by integrating modern concepts into the design of your intranet, portals and sites. Adepteq have an extensive library of SharePoint designs and layouts for you to customise what's best for your business.

Read The Guide >

 
Best practices for sharing files and folders with unauthenticated users

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Explore options for creating an environment where your team can share files and folders with unauthenticated users. Ensure your company are utilising safeguards to help protect your organisation's content.

Learn How >


Explore a unified approach to data loss prevention (DLP)

data loss prevention microsoft edge

Working from home calls for strong and coordinated protection across all user touchpoints with sensitive data. Endpoint DLP integration in Microsoft Edge adds native awareness of sensitive content classification in Microsoft Information Protection, and DLP policies to online activities.

Learn More >

As Microsoft Gold Partners, we have the knowledge and skills to help assist you with your Microsoft 365 subscriptions. If you would like to assess and build resilience throughout your workplace, get in contact with us today to discuss how we can provide personalised support.

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