Microsoft 365: Empowering Businesses with Comprehensive Security
The news is riddled with headlines of increasingly more enterprises being compromised by data breaches. This causes business owners across the globe to be alarmed of the security of their own company’s data. In fact, a security portal that collects cybersecurity data reported that there were 1,061 cyber-attacks in 2016 alone, making security something that enterprises cannot take lightly.
If you’re a business decision maker in search of the right tools to help you protect your company from cyber-threats, this blog is for you. I’ll be showing you the security features offered in the Microsoft 365 suite to help you make an informed decision about whether this is the right product for your company.
Microsoft unveiled the bundled package so that enterprises like yours can have ease of mind knowing that the suite is built to secure your data, both on-premise and mobile. Microsoft 365 is made to be a complete solution for your security needs. It bundles Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Enterprise Mobility + Security into a single subscription to empower companies like yours. Microsoft 365 security features ensure comprehensive security through prevention, detection, and response.
What Security Areas Should You Focus On?
It is important to be aware of the challenges your enterprise faces when it comes to data security. Especially as your organization continues to digitally transform the way it stores, utilizes and mobilizes data. To successfully secure all of your data you should be aware of these four key areas of protection. Microsoft 365 security features help you focus on:
- Protect identities, apps, data, and devices
- Thwart advanced threats
- Manage data archiving, governance, and discovery
- Powered by Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph
- Accelerate GDPR compliance
Data Protection Controls
- Secure business data on personal and company-owned devices
Cyber Threat Protection
- Help protect PCs from malware, viruses, and spyware
- Protect company data across all devices
- Secure access to documents on mobile devices
- Protect Windows 10 devices against malware, viruses, and spyware with Windows Defender
Digital Transformation in your enterprise means an ever-increasing amount of responsibility over interconnected identities, apps, data, and devices. By using Microsoft 365 you’ll get strengthened security in the products your organization uses. You also have the ability to detect threats earlier and respond faster with security analytics that identifies suspicious patterns through machine learning. Your company can rest assured knowing your information is protected through the tools in each product.
In Office 365 you can secure and manage identity through Azure Active Directory with the choice of three different identity models. To safeguard access to data and application while providing a simple sign-on process you can use Azure Multi-factor Authentication. Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) provides insights and trends on the health of your organization by providing information about malware and spam within the organization. It also helps discover and stop advanced threat detections. Threat Intelligence analyzes prevalence and severity of threats in real-time, delivers you threat alert notifications, and provides remediation of suspicious content.
Windows 10 introduces a strong two-factor authentication called Windows Hello for Business which replaces passwords for PCs and mobile devices. Credential Guard is a virtualization-based security designed to keep attackers from gaining access through Pass- the Hash or Pass- the-Ticket attacks.
EMS provides Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) which uses behavioral analytics for advanced threat detection against malicious attacks and integrates with existing SIEM systems. It provides a simple, actionable feed for suspicious activity alerts. EMS also includes the Microsoft Cloud App Security that enables complete visibility of employee’s cloud application usage. It also provides granular controls and policies for data sharing.
Data Protection Controls
The amount of data your enterprise is responsible for can be overwhelming to manage. You can strengthen your company’s security by utilizing the Data Protection Controls in the Microsoft 365 bundle. You can increase digital privacy and safety, and to stay up to date and in compliance with laws and regulations, like the soon to be released GDPR. Use the security tools to address threats by encrypting data, restricting access and remotely wiping devices. Also, gain visibility into user data distribution to respond and remediate security events.
There are many security features that you can take advantage of in Office 365. Data Loss Prevention protects sensitive information such as financial data or personally identifiable information and prevents their disclosure. Advanced eDiscovery identifies and delivers electronic information that can be used as evidence in legal cases in case your company is ever noncompliant to regulations. With eDiscovery you can identify, hold, and export content found in Exchange mailboxes and SharePoint sites. Information Rights Management (IRM) prevents sensitive information from being printed, forwarded, saved, edited, or copied by unauthorized people.
Windows 10 offers several tools to help protect your company’s data. BitLocker deals with device data encryption that reduces the threat of data theft or exposure. Windows Information Protection (WIP) reduces the risk of accidental data leaks that can sometimes be caused by employees. Containers isolates sensitive system services and data and enables them to remain secure even when your operating system has been compromised. Azure Information Protection embeds classification and protection information for persistent protection that follows your data regardless of where it’s stored or who it’s shared with.
EMS includes Azure Information Protection Premium (P1 and P2), that includes encryption for files, cloud based file tracking, and intelligent classification and encryption for files.
Transferring company data into the cloud opens the risk of exposing your business to the possibility of cyber attacks. But, with Microsoft 365 security features you can actively prevent and protect against cyber threats to resolve them during attacks. With Microsoft 365, you can protect your organization by securing identities, applications, data, devices and workloads across a hybrid infrastructure.
Office 365 provides anti-spam and anti-malware protection built into the software with filtering capabilities that protect the system from malicious software and spam. Threat Management is also implemented in Office 365 with security features like Exchange Online Protection and Advanced Threat Protection.
Windows 10 has tools Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection that acts as a gatekeeper and examines incoming files and memory for malicious content and blocks it in real-time in a pre-breach approach. It also provides you with Windows Defender SmartScreen that helps you prevent malicious applications from being downloaded into your system.
EMS uses Microsoft Identity Manager to provide a common identity across organizations, protects data, and unifies access. Azure Active Directory is a cloud-based identity and access management solutions.
Businesses today need to keep up with security for the many devices brought in by individuals. This poses the most current security challenge that business decision makers are facing. Microsoft 365 security features provide the comprehensive and intelligent protection you need against today’s advanced attacks. It helps manage apps and data across a wide variety of platforms. These features help you stay secure and productive on your favorite apps and devices.
Office 365 offers Microsoft InTune as a feature that helps control mobile-device management. It protects devices across several platforms by identifying, monitoring, and protecting sensitive information with data-loss prevention controls. It also allows email users to send encrypted messages both internally or externally through your organization.
Windows 10 is equipped with Windows Defender Antivirus which helps keep your devices free of viruses and other malware that might be threats to your data. Device Guard keeps your company devices from running malware or other untrusted apps. UEFI(Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) and Secure Boot help to protect the platform from bootkits and rootkits.
EMS uses Mobile Application Management (MAM) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions to help manage Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) challenges by offering management capabilities both on-premise and in the cloud through a single console.
Microsoft 365 Security
Through the Microsoft 365 bundled package your company no longer has to sacrifice security for the convenience of mobility. Microsoft has empowered you to have the best of both worlds. This blog was a brief overview of the security features these tools offer. If you would like an in-depth explanation of these features, sign up for our courses that explain exactly how you can take advantage of these comprehensive security features.
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