Security and Compliance Office 365

    Improve security and compliance in Office 365 with Mimecast's cloud-based solution for email security, archiving, compliance and data protection.

    Improving security and compliance in Office 365

    Many organizations are turning to cloud-based solutions like Microsoft Office 365 to increase scalability, storage and accessibility while minimizing complexity for IT teams. But while it may be one of Microsoft's fastest-growing businesses, there are significant limitations in security and compliance for Office 365 that IT teams must contend with.

    While Office 365 provides an easy-to-use service with security and compliance features, these measures may not be sufficient for every enterprise. For email, switching to Office 365 essentially moves the on-premises Exchange system to the Microsoft cloud, but the existing additional and complementary security controls don't move with it. That means without a change in strategy organizations become fully reliant on a single vendor for security and compliance in Office 365 – a fact that should cause because every CISO or CIO to worry.

    Because it is so popular, Office 365 is a higher value target for cyber criminals. Relying on a single vendor for security and compliance in Office 365 only increases the risk from malicious intent as well as technical failure and human error.

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    Areas of concern for security and compliance in Office 365

    There are several critical concerns related to security and compliance for Office 365 that may not be adequately addressed by the platform's native features and capabilities.

    • Cyberattacks. Ransomware, business email compromise and phishing attacks continue to impact businesses everywhere, and new email security threats emerge daily. A single solution like Office 365 simply can't catch them all. Best practices for securing email in the cloud include the same layered approach to security that organizations use for on-premises email systems.
    • Backup and recovery. Rather than providing a persistent backup/recovery solution for email data, Office 365 holds email data and disallows deletion by using "hold". But if data is corrupted or lost, it may not be recoverable. Organizations need plans for backup and recovery to truly provide data recoverability.
    • Data redundancy. While Microsoft seeks to achieve redundancy by storing multiple copies of email, all data resides within the same architecture and platform, creating a single system of failure. Without a more robust backup plan in place, data could be lost or corrupted due to human error, technical failure, malicious intent or cyberattack. Only a third-party cloud archive can provide true data independence and redundancy.
    • Encryption. Microsoft Office 365 encryption capabilities are lacking key features, such as end-user revocation of messages that might have been sent to the wrong recipient. To ensure compliance with the right range of regulatory environments, including HIPAA messaging compliance, organizations need encryption technology that ensures the highest level of protection.

    Each of these concerns can be addressed by a layered approach to security and compliance in Office 365 that lets organizations leverage the benefits of Microsoft's cloud service without putting sensitive data, users and organizations at risk.

    <p>Areas of concern for security and compliance in Office 365</p>

    Mimecast: a multi-layered solution for security and compliance in Office 365

    Mimecast offers a cloud-based solution for email security, archiving, compliance and data protection that bolsters and augments security and compliance in Office 365. As a SaaS-based service, Mimecast can be implemented quickly and easily, seamlessly integrating with the Microsoft platform to provide immediate improvements in security and compliance.

    Mimecast enables organizations to adopt a layered approach to security and compliance in Office 365 with solutions that include:

    • Targeted Threat Protection against advanced threats like ransomware, spear-phishing and impersonation.
    • A Secure Email Gateway that filters all inbound, outbound and internal email, scanning for security concerns in sending domains, attachments, links and text.
    • An Office 365 threat intelligence dashboard that aggregates and integrates indicators of compromise and other actionable information into a single view of the threats facing the organization.
    • Information Protection, integrating data leak prevention and content control with tools for secure messaging that enables users to send encrypted messages quickly and easily.
    • Mimecast Awareness Training, a highly effective program for educating employees about best practices around security and compliance in Office 365.
    • Mimecast Cloud Archive, an industry-leading solution that aggregates data across multiple platforms, offers robust backup and recovery, simplifies archiving and Records Retention management, streamlines compliance efforts and reduces the cost and risk for legal and compliance teams as they work to meet GDPR compliance, Dodd-Frank compliance and FINRA compliance requirements, among others.

    Mimecast Migration Services provide easy migration to Office 365, helping to eliminate the risk of service disruptions, reduce the time and effort needed to migrate mailboxes, and consistently enforce policies for security and compliance in Office 365 across staged or hybrid environments.

    <p>Mimecast: a multi-layered solution for security and compliance in Office 365</p>

    FAQs: what is security and compliance in Office 365

    Does Office 365 have security?

    Microsoft provides a number of native capabilities for security and compliance in Office 365, including tools to manage security settings for applications and devices. Microsoft also offers advanced threat protection, conditional access, data loss prevention, online archiving and information protection features. For some organizations, however, these capabilities may not be sufficient to achieve all objectives for security and compliance in Office 365.

    What is the center for security and compliance in Office 365?

    Office 365 offers a Security and Compliance Center that provides resources, education and tools to manage security and compliance in Office 365. Not all features are available to all users; different business and enterprise plans feature different levels of security and compliance capabilities, and for some organizations, these solutions may not be robust enough to protect against all threats or to ensure compliance with all regulatory environments.

    Why do companies add security and compliance technology to Office 365?

    While Microsoft Office 365 offers certain security protections and compliance tools, relying on these features alone creates a single point of failure. Best practices for security and compliance require additional layers of security and compliance in Office 365 to more effectively protect an organization.

    <p>FAQs: what is security and compliance in Office 365</p>

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