Brian Siefferman

Brian is a Technical Consultant for Perficient’s Unified Communications practice focusing primarily on Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams workloads. He has been in this role since December 2017 and has an active presence blogging about all things Teams related. Currently, Brian resides in the suburbs of Chicago and enjoys running, swimming, weight lifting, and playing soccer in his free time.

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Microsoft Teams Updates (July 2021)

Welcome to July! Microsoft has a cornucopia of updates across various areas of Teams: Meetings, calling, chat and collaboration, management, and security! In this blog, we’ll cover some of the latest and greatest announcements announced last month, many of which you can start using today! Meeting Updates Attendance Dashboard Now as a meeting organizer, whenever […]

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Adopting a Zero Trust Approach to Security – Part 2

Welcome back! Our last blog on adopting a Zero Trust approach to security gave you a high-level overview of the core principles in a Zero Trust security model. In this blog, we’ll start by discussing o the first and most important pillar, identity. Identity is the primary control plane for the Zero Trust model, which […]

Adopting a Zero Trust approach to security – Part 1

Zero Trust has become somewhat of a buzzword over the past couple of years and has been coined the new gold standard of security models as technology has changed. So what exactly does “Zero Trust” mean, and should your organization start considering adopting this model? In this blog, we’ll discuss the Zero Trust security model […]

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Microsoft Teams Updates (June 2021)

The month of May had a plethora of new features announced by Microsoft. In today’s article, we’ll review some of the biggest features and innovations released in Microsoft Teams around meetings, calling, chat and collaboration, security, compliance, and privacy! Let’s get started!  Meeting Updates Dynamic View One of the biggest announcements around Teams meetings involves […]

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What’s Rolling Out to Your Teams Client This Month?

We’re well into May and Microsoft still has quite a few features on their roadmap that are slated for release before the end of the month. In this article, we’ll cover some of the features that should be showing up in your Teams client within the next couple of weeks. With that said, let’s see […]

Skype for Business Online is being retired soon, are you ready?

We’re only a couple months away from Skype for Business Online’s retirement (July 31, 2021). Many organizations have been proactive with moving their users off of the service, however, some organizations may have been procrastinating for the past two years in making the switch to Microsoft Teams so now they are faced with scrambling to […]

Enabling Passwordless Sign-in with Microsoft Authenticator App

A majority of cyber attacks today are due to a compromised username and password. As a result, many organizations have tried to combat these threats by implementing multi-factor authentication. Although this method is significantly better than just one form of authentication, this typically leaves the end-user frustrated with the extra steps on top of just […]

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Microsoft Teams Updates (May 2021)

Welcome to May! As per usual, Microsoft has released a plethora of new features that you can start using today! In this blog, we’ll cover the biggest announcements around Teams meetings, chat & collaboration, and management! Let’s see what Microsoft has in store for us this month! Teams Meeting Updates Breakout Rooms Retention + Participant […]

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How to Save Queries in Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS)

Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS) is Microsoft’s Cloud App Security Broker (CASB) solution that provides organizations with simple deployment, centralized management, and innovative automation capabilities. One of the great features within MCAS that not many administrators leverage (or even know about) is the ability to save your custom queries! In this blog, we’ll create our […]

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Preparing for the SC-400: Microsoft Information Protection Administrator (April 2021)

Back in February, I posted another blog that outlined each of Microsoft’s new certifications around security and compliance. Today, we’ll dig into one of those exams, the SC-400: Microsoft Information Protection Administrator so you can get certified! Without further ado, let’s see what this exam entails! There are three main components to this exam: Implementing […]

Microsoft Teams Updates (April 2021)

Spring has sprung! If you’re like me and you live in frigid temperatures about 7 months out of the year, the first day that reaches 50+ Fahrenheit you’ll find me on the running trail in shorts and a t-shirt! However, rising temps aren’t the only thing to be excited about, Microsoft has also been hard […]

How to control sensitive data on unmanaged devices with MCAS (Part 2 of 2)

Welcome back! Last time we talked about controlling file downloads of sensitive content by using a session policy in MCAS. This time we’ll take things a step further and show you how to restrict specific activities like cut/copy, paste, and printing! If you are joining us for the first time, I encourage you to check […]

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