Your Guide to Microsoft 365: Secure Your Data and Achieve Compliance

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IT security has become a major point of concern for everyone in recent years. The number of U.S. data breaches tracked in 2017 hit a record high of 1,579, a 44.7 percent increase from 1,091 breaches the previous year, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. Cybersecurity threats continue to evolve and hackers get more creative on a daily basis, so it’s still vital to ensure your IT environment stays as secure as possible.

If you’re worried about cybersecurity and/or achieving compliance with regulations specific to your industry, Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) has you covered. Before we go over the details of the solution’s security and compliance features, however, you might want to review the previous entries in this blog series, our guide to Microsoft 365.

1.  6 Reasons Why Businesses Turn to Microsoft 365

2. 4 Key Content Creation Applications

3. Connect With Colleagues With Outlook and Yammer

4. Securely Share and Collaborate With OneDrive, SharePoint

5. Boost Efficiency With Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business

6. Work Smarter With Advanced Analytics

When you feel ready to move on and learn even more about Microsoft 365, here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know about this solution’s ability to help your organization achieve compliance and optimal levels of IT security. The suite offers the following cybersecurity solutions and features.

Threat Blocking
Guarding against evolving security threats is important, so Microsoft 365 comes with the ability to fend off new malware and malicious links and attachments. Additionally, Exchange Server blocks all known malware and cuts down on spam. If any suspicious activity occurs, the solution’s built-in intelligence and security management abilities will alert you.

Data Security
This solution facilitates collaboration between colleagues while also preventing the exposure of sensitive information. With rights management capabilities built into the service and apps, the Microsoft 365 suite allows you to securely share documents and send emails that unauthorized users can’t access.

Compliance Solutions

If your company needs to adhere to industry regulations like HIPAA, Microsoft 365 offers the following compliance solutions:

Customer Lockbox: This solution allows for control over data access during service operations.

Advanced eDiscovery and Advanced Data Governance: These apps use machine learning to assist you in reducing discovery costs and retaining relevant information.

If you’d like to learn more about the security and compliance features of Microsoft 365 (or just IT security solutions in general), feel free to reach out to our expert team. We work with a wide variety of IT security solution vendors and can serve as your trusted advisor on the path to better cybersecurity. Contact us by calling 877-599-3999 or emailing

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