Is security your number one concern when considering a move to the Cloud with Office 365? Most Big Green IT clients know it is a vital aspect of migration that needs to be checked off the list. Mike Prachar from Big Green IT shared with me in a new audio cast how Microsoft has gone to great lengths to make sure security is not an issue.
Office 365 hits most of the common compliancy concerns, and has identified the key privacy and security considerations that will help your company make an informed decision. It has a useful list of the top questions you should ask a Cloud service provider when you are considering the Cloud for your IT services, and how Microsoft 365 answers these questions. The MS Office 365 Trust Center offers answers, through videos and articles that address just about every security concern for the vast majority of companies.
However, there are obviously customers that have extreme compliancy requirements. This is often what drives them to keep an on-premise mail server. They may have a large investment in anti-virus, anti-malware and anti-spam hardware that is directly connected to their on-premise server. It is a big investment that cannot be connected to Office 365 because it is a Cloud service. When the company is used to this extra level of security it can be a prohibitive factor. Does this mean Office 365 won’t work for them? Office 365 already offers robust email protection, but MS Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is now available, providing a new email filtering service for additional protection against specific types of advanced threats. In the audio cast, Mike explains in more detail how this works, and how it really can save companies a great deal of money.
Mike also explains that Big Green IT works with a handful of third party companies that provide many solutions, such as extra ways to route your mail, or run your mail through additional layers of spam and anti-virus filtering. The most popular is for archiving email or those companies with specific eDiscovery requirements. Often, these third party solutions provide an extra dashboard that makes it simple for just about anyone, (with the required authority of course!) to log in and easily access information. This means it is not always necessary to have your system admin take care of it. The legal department, or department manager can easily find what they are looking for. This is obviously not so simple in a standard environment where your mail server is in-house.
Nobody wants a data breach! Microsoft has gone to great lengths to make absolutely sure data is protected. Mike points out that the amount of investment from Microsoft is so much more than anything his clients could undertake on their own to keep data secure. If your company is interested in finding out more, or even considering a Microsoft Office 365 Readiness Assessment, contact The Big Green IT team to find out more.
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