How Can Organizations Achieve Complete Microsoft 365 Data Protection?

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Who’s Responsible for Microsoft 365 Data Protection?

Even seasoned IT professionals can receive an unpleasant surprise when disaster strikes their Microsoft 365 or other SaaS and Cloud-based applications and they haven’t planned for a recovery.

This occurs when businesses forgo implementing cloud-to-cloud backup and disaster recovery for their cloud-based data, applications, and systems, and instead rely only on the platform providers such as Microsoft, Salesforce, Google, and others to restore data as well as services.

While these providers maintain the infrastructure that hosts the cloud application and are responsible for its availability and general security, many of these providers have policies such as Microsoft’s Shared Responsibility Model that state that clients are responsible for backing up their own data and having disaster recovery in place for business continuity.

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‘Your data is your business,’ and data protection extends into individual applications as well as the overall ecosystem. For example, while Microsoft Exchange Online has some built-in default outbound spam filters and inbound malware and spam filters available, IT administrators are responsible for making company-specific filtering customizations and policies that are designed for and applied to specified users, groups, or domains in their respective organizations.

Organizations are also responsible for implementing a multilayered cybersecurity strategy such as additional anti-virus and anti-spam solutions that can catch zero-day attacks and other evolving threats that are not included in off-the-shelf Microsoft Exchange Online filters.

How Important is Cybersecurity for Microsoft 365 Data Protection?

Email is the #1 malware and ransomware vector, ensnaring well-intentioned employees with increasingly sophisticated attacks. These include targeted campaigns that impersonate someone’s manager or another high-ranking colleague (known as whale-phishing), malicious attachments seeded with malware, and links leading to convincing faux login portals to familiar online services.

These security breaches can lead to extremely costly losses and expenditures for businesses, including downtime, interrupted sales revenue, operation and employee productivity disruptions, damages to reputation, legal issues with compliance and running afoul of regulatory mandates. In the worst-case scenarios, some companies make desperate and ill-advised ransomware payments that often fail to return the business to normal and verify for the attackers that the business is a paying target that they should hit again.

Why is Microsoft 365 Data Protection Complex to Manage?

Microsoft 365 is becoming more complex as new features are being introduced, which many organizations are discovering is a challenge to keep on top of as the technology evolves and their business grows. While extensive options and customizations for filtering can provide some security, they can also increase management time. Expansion of M365 adoption and use across applications like Microsoft Teams, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business is also making the system more complex to manage, and the resulting data is becoming increasingly valuable and critical to protect.

Faced with this complex landscape of time and expertise-intensive responsibilities in a hostile environment, many organizations seek out specialized services for cloud-to-cloud backup, and disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) to supplement their IT capabilities and ensure data protection for their cloud-based applications and overall business continuity requirements are met.

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Cloud-to-cloud Backup as a Service (BaaS)

The redundancy that Microsoft 365 provides only ensures the availability of the present state of the data. It does not backup the data to protect against data loss events or retain data for longer-term policies of compliance.

Storagepipe’s managed backup as a service (BaaS) securely connects to your Microsoft 365 tenant and captures all the changes to ensure rapid and automated protection.

Experience specialized online Backup and Disaster Recovery services for Microsoft 365, including automated daily backups, point-in-time backup and accurate, granular restore, and long-term retention and storage capacity options.

Managed Anti-Spam as a Service

Achieve superior multiplatform, multilayered threat protection against ransomware, malware, spear phishing, email DDOS and undesirable emails with AI-powered filtering enabling an industry-leading 99.9% spam catch rate and a low false positive rate of 0.03%.

Unlike some off-the-shelf solutions, Storagepipe’s managed anti-spam services feature predictive technology that protects against zero-day attacks, frequently updated rules based on heuristics and Bayesian auto-learning, and configurable, detailed quarantine reports.

Ensure email continuity with inbound email queuing, automatic email resumption, and a personal email portal, enabling end users to never miss an important email.

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