Ditch the risk: How to deploy O365 without any 'oh no' moments

21 Aug 18

Microsoft Office 365 (O365) is undoubtedly one of the most important Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) packages in business today –  but like any cloud software, it comes with risks.

Those risks can quickly turn O365 into an ‘oh no’ moment for businesses, employees, and customers. Whether it’s unauthorised access, account hijacking, or external data sharing, threats can come from almost anywhere.

According to statistics from Forcepoint, 87% of IT professionals say that driving O365 adoption is a top priority, but there are a few things holding them back.

Those things include security concerns, compliance, and poor user experience because of insufficient network architecture.

Forcepoint’s Office 365 solution is designed to remove those barriers so IT teams can drive full migration.

Its arsenal includes a range of tools such as web and email security, next-generation firewall, cloud access security brokers, and data loss prevention.

There’s also a secret formula that can help IT administrators back on track to full 0365 adoption.

  • Enhance Microsoft’s integrated cloud security
  • Maintain consistent compliance
  •  Take back control of unsanctioned IT
  • Implement the right network architecture.

Let’s look at these four areas in turn.

Enhance Microsoft’s integrated cloud security: Does your compliance team restrict deployments to manage risk? While Microsoft’s ecosystem has its own data protection controls, only 22% of IT leaders think it’s good enough.

Third party providers like Forcepoint can offer enterprise-class data protection to all cloud apps, detect and control high-risk users, and manage device access for O365 and other cloud apps.

Maintain consistent compliance: Businesses will be well aware of regulations such as GDPR and how data is protected.

Forcepoint helps businesses maintain compliance and meet compliance mandates across O365 and other apps. It offers data protection standards, privileged access management, workforce and supplier auditing, benchmarking, and risk governance.

Take back control of unsanctioned IT: Different departments may use thousands of diverse applications, which means it’s a headache for IT departments that are trying to manage data privacy.

Forcepoint helps teams sanction and control applications that impact O365, so teams can work with users to migrate away from completing apps. Forcepoint also applies consistent security, visibility, and control across all cloud apps.

Implement the right network infrastructure: The right network architecture can improve user experience and reduce costs when IT teams roll out the full Microsoft suite. Hub and spoke network architectures don’t provide proper application performance, while private WAN solutions are expensive.

Forcepoint helps IT teams recalibrate the network for O365 in a number of ways: Networking (secure SD-WAN), security, and operations.

All of these ingredients can help make Microsoft Office 365 rollouts simpler and compliant with your organisation’s needs, while keeping everyone safe.

Don’t let O365 turn into an ‘oh no’ moment – secure your business today. Find out more from Forcepoint now.

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