The time is arrived for enterprises to make security as easy and automatic as possible – the best way forward is to deploying platforms and solutions with robust security and privacy technologies built right in. Microsoft 365 is an answer for enterprises to overcome security threats. Microsoft 365 has a broad array of native security features coupled with cloud-based delivery at the core. This makes Microsoft 365 standout from its competitors.
The continuous visibility, monitoring and protection of all endpoints on a network can be achieved by integrated and automated security. The misconception that the cloud isn’t safe is slowly fading out as more and more businesses started showing their interest in the Cloud. There is a wider understanding among the business owners that Cloud companies like Microsoft and Google have more resources dedicated to security.
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We bring you the four essential security features built into Microsoft 365:
- Multi-Factor Authentication
- Mobile Device Management
- Encrypted Email
- Identity Protection – Azure
To the log in process, Multi-factor authentication adds an additional layer of protection. MFA is a combination of two or more factors such as a password, biometrics (fingerprint/retinal scan), and password on the mobile. If any non-authorized person is looking to access the files, the system will not allow only one verification method. The system shall need 2 (or) more verification methods to be keyed in.
Mobile Device Management:
For companies that issue mobile devices for employees to access emails, a built-in MDM for Office 365 is a good entry and works well. Mobile device management (MDM) isn’t about spying on employees – it’s about controlling access to the company’s data. Microsoft Intune will give much more control over how corporate data is used on mobile devices.
The information is encoded by encryption so that the information can be decoded and consumed only by an authorized recipient. This encryption on Office 365 is done in 2 ways – In the service and as a customer control. Office 365 Message Encryption is a service built on Azure Rights Management that lets the user send encrypted emails to people inside or outside the organization. Encrypted Email is available on Office 365 ProPlus and Office 365 E3 plans and higher.
Azure Identity Protection:
All the unusual activities are flagged. Machine learning technology is used by Azure Identity Protection to understand the activities being done and on detecting any unusual activity, A flag is raised. One can force the user to verify their identity through multi-factor authentication if any suspicious activity is detected, or stop the sign in completely. Azure Identity Protection is available in Azure Active Directory Premium P2 Edition and works with Office 365 and Azure. You can also get a lightweight version of this with Azure Information Protection
There are plenty of apps and features in Office 365 available to help you do that if you’re an Office 365 user. The above mentioned are our favorite Office 365 security features and add-ons. We use all of these in our own organization.