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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Security in Office 365: The Microsoft Approach

 by Vitto Baio

 The ability for organizations to control and customize security features in cloud-based productivity services, such as email, calendars, content management, collaboration, and unified communications, is becoming an essential requirement for virtually every company.

Today, IT teams are required to deliver access to productivity services and associated documents and data from more devices, platforms, and places than ever before. While user benefits are undeniable, broader access makes security management more challenging. Each endpoint represents a potential attack surface and another point of management for security professionals.

At the same time, organizations face ever-evolving threats from around the world and must manage the risk created by their own users accidentally losing or compromising sensitive data.

For these reasons, organizations require a cloud service that has both (a) built-in robust security features and (b) a wide variety of customizable security features that organizations can tune to meet their individual requirements. Organizations expanding remote access while maintaining security best practices may find it difficult and expensive to add this combination of security functionality if they deploy productivity services solely on-premises.

Microsoft is an industry leader in cloud security and implements policies and controls on par with or better than on-premises data centers of even the most sophisticated organizations. Security in Office 365 consists of three parts. First, Office 365 is a security-hardened service that has security features built into the service by default. Office 365 customers benefit from in-depth security features that Microsoft has built into the service as a result of experience gained from two decades of managing online data and significant investment in security infrastructure. Office 365 has implemented and continues to invest and improve processes and technologies to proactively identify and mitigate security threats before they become risks for customers.

Second, Office 365 offers security controls that enable customers to customize their security settings. Office 365 is trusted by customers of all sizes across virtually every industry, including highly regulated industries such as healthcare, finance, education, and government. Since Office 365 manages productivity services for such a wide range of industries and geographies, it offers feature choices that customers can control to enhance the security of their data. Third, security in Office 365 includes processes that allow for independent verification and compliance with industry standards.

Security in Office 365 is all about...

- Built in Security
- Customers Control
- Independent verification and compliance.

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