Security and compliance are two of the most important factors in maintaining a productive, safe, and secure digital workspace. Cybercrime has risen by 600% since the pandemic began, but 45% of SMBs report that their processes are ineffective at mitigating attacks.
All businesses will experience cyber-attacks, and their success will rely on how well protected your IT environment is.
Only the right security and compliance solutions will help you protect your organization from cyber threats, prevent data breaches, and maintain regulatory compliance.
The importance of security and compliance
Security and compliance are about more than just protecting your company’s data. They are important components of maintaining a productive, safe, and secure digital workspace. With more employees working remotely, organizations are experiencing more challenges when it comes to security and compliance.
To combat these challenges, Microsoft 365 delivers a comprehensive security and compliance solution. Its robust security features and tools will help protect your organization from cyber threats, prevent data breaches, and maintain regulatory compliance.
The Microsoft 365 suite has a strong focus on protecting your employees and ensuring they have the tools they need to do their job.
Microsoft Advanced Threat Detection
Microsoft Advanced Threat Detection (ATD) is a cloud-based security solution that helps you stay protected against advanced threats. It integrates with your Microsoft 365 environment to provide real-time protection against email-based threats, such as phishing attacks.
ATD identifies and classifies suspicious content in documents, files, and emails to help you prevent data loss and infection. It also continuously monitors Outlook email traffic for suspicious activity, including known and unknown threats.
Designed to protect your identities and endpoints from cyber threats and data breaches, Microsoft Defender uses machine learning to identify and remediate threats across your organization’s networks and endpoints. It also leverages threat intelligence to help protect your organization from current and emerging threats.
Defender uses identity protection to safeguard access to sensitive data across Office 365 applications. Identity protection can also be used to safeguard user identities and prevent brute force attacks.
To help protect your organization from insider threats, Defender continuously monitors files, apps, network traffic, and user activities. If a threat is detected, Defender will respond by blocking the threat and notifying the appropriate people in your organization, such as security admins. It also quarantines infected files to help prevent the spread of malware across your network and endpoints.
Identity and Access Management
Identity and Access Management (IAM) is used to control access to Office 365 applications, protect identities, and secure your network, as well as control access to data and the applications that store and access that data. IAM secures your network by managing user identities and managing privileged identities. It also allows you to enhance security by using conditional access to control access to applications based on user identity, location, device, and application.
With IAM, you can create and manage user accounts, assign roles and permissions, and control user access across your organization. With a single tool, you can manage identities, access privileges, and audit activities across all your cloud services, including Microsoft 365. This can help cut down on the time it takes to manage identities and access across your organization.
Microsoft 365 security best practises
Strong password policy: All your users should create passwords of at least 12 characters for every account they have access to.
Multi-factor authentication: A security measure that requires more than one form of identification to gain access to an account. Authentication apps generate a one-time password that users must input with their login credentials to access accounts.
Take a zero-trust approach: A zero-trust access policy restricts the use of all information and resources to only those that are explicitly permitted.
Install and patch antivirus: Antivirus software scans your computer for any unwanted files and viruses before you download them. It also blocks malicious websites and emails from infecting your devices.
Train your employees: Create a security awareness program to train employees about security threats and how to protect themselves from them. Include information about phishing attacks, and offer tips to help employees avoid falling victim to them.
Data encryption: The process of scrambling data in such a way that it cannot be read by anyone without the right encryption key. Even if your data falls into the wrong hands, it cannot be understood.
Manage access and privileges: Access management solutions control the access to resources in a specific network or IT environment. They can be used for different purposes like restricting user rights, managing roles, and enforcing policies.
Find the right security and compliance solutions for your business
Maintaining a productive and safe digital workspace is crucial to business success and sustainability. Microsoft 365 provides a comprehensive security and compliance solution to protect your organization from cyber threats, prevent data breaches, and maintain regulatory compliance.
The Microsoft 365 specialists at Technology Solutions can help you implement the right security solutions into your business and manage your Microsoft 365 environment to ensure maximum cybersecurity.