Concerns about data storage obviously go hand in hand with security concerns when it comes to data in the Cloud. Many people are nervous about where and how their data is stored. I chatted again with Mike Prachar and he shared his thoughts on data storage with Office 365.
Mike believes that when many people think of the Cloud, one of the first applications that spring to mind is storage of data from the free email service they may be using. Emails are stored in data centers around the world and free email services pay for themselves though advertising. Obviously the mainstream free email suppliers are operating within clearly defined safety standards, but this information is frequently analyzed to send you specific notifications and deals from online stores you have visited, for example. Many people are aware this is happening, and do not tend to be so afraid of this type of marketing anymore. but it is a slightly different story when moving your business data to the Cloud.
Moving business data into the Cloud means potentially moving large amounts of proprietary information. If this information got into the wrong hands, it could damage or destroy your business. So what is the big deal with Office 365?
Firstly, Microsoft has extremely clear public policies about who owns the data. The answer? Business customers own their own data. Microsoft 365 does not employ any form of data mining. Microsoft Office 365 business services are designed and operated separately from the consumer service model. Emails and documents are not scanned for advertising purposes.
In fact Microsoft enables you to take your data with you if you chose to leave the service. They will also delete your data from their environment if your company chooses to leave, and are transparent about where your data is stored. If your company operates in North America, your data is stored in North America, not in another country! So in terms of data storage and safety, you can rest assured that MS Office365 has security in mind.
- Know where your data resides
- Extensive privacy controls
- Always up-to-date on data center and industry certifications
- Continuously meet the compliance needs of your business
The data is also encrypted and protected at rest, and in transit utilizing Transport Layering Security (TLS) and SSL encryption. There is plenty of data out there that is not encrypted. It requires far less effort for hackers to go after that information!
Big Green IT has collaborated with many companies, helping them transition smoothly. If your company is interested in finding out more, or could benefit from a Microsoft Office 365 Readiness Assessment, contact The Big Green IT team to find out more.