Is Office 365 secure? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Fear The Cloud
by Shivani Dave / January 25, 2021 / Cloud
Office 365 is a subscription-based offering by Microsoft. It is a suite of cloud-based collaboration applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Access and Publisher. It is highly popular among business of all sizes as it offers better productivity and ROI.
Here’s why you should try Office 365 — if not already doing so:
· Office 365 is extremely easy to set up and integrates seamlessly with Microsoft suite. All you need to do is sign up and voila you are set to go!
· You can access all your data while being on the go.
· With Office 365 you can quickly access your files with single sign on without having to enter your password repeatedly.
· Office 365 offers you a great customer support, an impressive uptime of 99.9%, data centers that are redundant and other top-notch security standards.
Office 365 features all in one license which means all your employees are on the same version of Microsoft products and receive upgrades at the same time. This maintains consistency of work across an organization.
Since Cloud is becoming a norm and the nature of interaction and operating businesses changing more than ever, do we ever question ourselves — how safe is my data out there? Well, if not, you probably should. Security is the number factor that companies strive to achieve. The very essence of a Cloud model is the ease and customer’s data security. With Office 365, your data is physically stored at data centers that are safeguarded with utmost security mechanisms. And no one has access to it except you. A data center is just a physical place where your data resides, and all the physical parameters are in place to protect this data center.
As soon as you hit on that ‘send’ button in your mail box, Microsoft encrypts this and your data is safeguarded against attack while it is in flight. Office 365 boasts of a robust security infrastructure that makes sure your data is protected and not accessible to anyone else, except intended to. Although, a lot of the responsibility lies on the user as well. There is partnership model that Office 365 operates on where both the provider and user are liable to safeguard the data. However, Office 365 does take a lot of this responsibility to offer you a secure environment.
Multi Factor Authentication: Office 365 uses a multi-factor authentication mechanism for identity management. It is a way of authenticating your identity in which a user needs to provide 2 or more verification factors to gain access to a resource, as opposed to just a username and password.
Mobile Device Management: Through Mobile Device Management, an employer has a control over the employee’s mobile device (i.e., your laptops, smartphones and tablets), so that there is no misuse of a company’s proprietary data by an employee.
Advanced Threat Protection: One of the major vulnerabilities faced today is ransomware. These are usually hidden and seemingly harmless, making them difficult to identify. Advanced threat protection aims at avoiding such attacks by opening dubious links and attachments in a separate virtual environment and checking for any suspicious activity before it enters your inbox.
Office 365 is built on a robust set of security features ensuring its users a secure working environment. With the entire world going gaga over Cloud operating model, Office 365 is something definitely giving a try. It is simple and user-friendly with the right security protocols in place and beefed up defense shield to avoid any security compromises. At the same time, it is worth noting that there is never a cent percent guarantee in cybersecurity. All organizations can do is to strive to achieve outstanding security mechanisms and this is something that Microsoft is very well known for. They have a large, dedicated team of security experts that aim to keep your data safe and sound.
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