Is your remote work platform secure? Why Microsoft 365 is the right choice.

TLDR: Microsoft is investing  $1 billion each year in cybersecurity and will do so for the foreseeable future. The DoD awarded Microsoft the JEDI contract to protect some of the nation’s most confidential classified information, further vetting its security. The many integrations in Microsoft’s offerings minimize your security exposure making Microsoft 365 a safe choice for your remote workspace needs.  

As we flock to our computers to continue working from home during Shelter in Place, shadow IT is no longer just a term you might have heard in passing. Many of us are actively engaged in it because we don’t have time to follow the rigorous steps often required to get approvals for new IT-related services. Let’s be honest, we’re all doing everything we can to keep business moving forward. This unfortunately has resulted in launching new software and solutions without any business analysis, proper planning, thoughtful architecture, design, governance, or most detrimental of all over the long term, without fully vetting the solution. 

Let’s not beat around the bush, security has been a hot topic as many organizations search for an ‘instant’ fix to get their now remote team collaborating digitally. While the consequences of launching shadow IT or rushing to launch solutions can result in quite a mess—some of which can be remedied down the roadthe greatest issue, security, can result in irreparable consequences. 

So why should you choose Microsoft to help solve your immediate digital collaboration needs like video conferencing, document collaboration, and chat?  

Let’s zoom into this a bit more… 


Security advantages of Microsoft 365:  


The cloud
 

When you’re on prem, the edge of your network is the edge of your physical network, and that boundary is up to you to defend. The level of security at the edge of the cloud is vastly more in-depth than anything you could deploy yourself. From the top down, you have a security advantage with cloud computing in general.  

 

Integrations are paramount 

Inside of Office 365 you have Azure Active Directory (AAD) and granular permissions management tools. For one example, say you obtain an app out of the Microsoft app store that then utilizes your existing authentication and authorization system (AAD and single sign-on) for security permissions, unlike many other 3rd applications. By using existing tools integrated inside Office 365, or apps designed for Office 365, you’re minimizing your security exposure by having fewer authentication and authorizations systems to manage. 

Extending this example, by using a remote communication platform such as Microsoft Teams, and by extension using Office 365 to manage security permissions, you have a more secure platform that can keep your organization safer. Therefore using video chat in Teams is more secure and effective overall than looking to a 3rd party application to manage this task.  

 

Productivity & Security 

Integrations not only make your team more productive, they make your digital workspace more secure in general.  

If you are looking to 3rd party solutions to solve piece-mail requirements you can create quite a mess.  For example, you’re using software for video conferencing that allows your team to collaborate in real time, but now you’re all talking about a specific document you need to work on together. Often you have to find another tool outside of your video conferencing software to achieve this.  

Disconnected applications can mean you lose threaded conversations around meetings, discussions, and files. Further, if you send this file around via email or other 3rd particular applications, you’ve now initiated an additional security problem. You have not only lost control of where it lives, but you’ve also initiated a versioning issue.  

Microsoft solves this issue inherently in Teams as live document collaboration is a breeze and stored in Teams files (powered by SharePoint). Your files are not only secured by Microsoft 365, you can also rest assured that everyone is working off the correct version.  


The bottom line.

Security is at the root of the platform 

Security is at the ethos of Microsoft’s cohesive remote workspace strategy. Microsoft 365 is built around three primary pillars: Windows 10, Office 365, and Mobility + Security.  

To have a cohesive strategy where everything is stored in one secure location is just clearly a better approach. Microsoft is investing billions to secure their cloud network, and it’s secure enough for the DoD. Is your network that secure? 

 

Are you ready to empower your team to work remotely and securely? Chat with one of our Microsoft 365 experts to help you build a digital workspace you can trust.  

 

Want to learn more about Microsoft’s commitment to security? Check out these resources: 

Microsoft 365 Security Center 

  • In the Security Center You can easily view the security health of your organization, act to configure devices, users, and apps, and get alerts for suspicious activity.  

Microsoft 365 Compliance Center 

  • The Microsoft 365 compliance center provides easy access to the data and tools you need to manage to your organization’s compliance needs. 

Office 365 Security Blog 

Microsoft Enterprise Class Security  

Security and Compliance in Microsoft Teams | Session BRK2381 Ignite 2020 

Microsoft Teams Controls for Security and Compliance Tutorial  

Setting Up Multi Factor Authentication in MS365 

Find a Microsoft Security Partner 

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