Every IT shop worth its salt has at least a few layers of security – anti-virus/anti-malware, firewalls, and maybe some intrusion detection and prevention systems. However, Microsoft 365 adds an array of SaaS-specific openings that hackers are more than happy to exploit.
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This is why Microsoft 365-specific security is so crucial – and why M365 security solutions exist.
Virtually all organizations have basic security protections – but nothing for Microsoft 365-specific security issues. The basic tools they have make them feel safe. Meanwhile, larger shops likely have defense-in-depth for general security and compliance and regulatory controls and solutions – but again, nothing for Office-365 specific security and compliance concerns.
More experienced organizations know M365 threats exists, but not exactly where they are or how to address them. The results can be disaster. A survey of 27 million users across 600 enterprises found that 71.4% of Microsoft 365 business users suffer at least one compromised account each month.
The fact is, Microsoft 365 applications come with some inherent vulnerabilities, especially when admins do not follow proper security measures, and rely entirely on non-Microsoft 365-specific security solutions.
This is all a thorn in the side of Microsoft 365 IT pros. Osterman Research surveyed Microsoft 365 IT managers and found these pain points and areas of administrative weakness:
Key Microsoft 365 security best practices include password policy, multi-factor authentication, mailbox security, and file storage security. Proactively establishing best practices in these areas dramatically reduces security risks.
Ensuring that administrative privileges are limited to those that absolutely need them is critical to a safe Microsoft 365 environment. An internal threat, such as a disgruntled employee with access to global admin privileges, is a major risk that can be prevented simply by limiting the number of users with admin privileges — and restricting the scope of those permissions.
Monitoring employee activities such as their mailbox practices can identify risky behavior and proactively secure business-critical data. Preventing risky activities such as auto-forwarding to external email addresses and limiting access rights to other users’ mailboxes can prevent the spread of malware and the leakage of data through emails. In addition, being aware of unusual email activity prevents targeted spam or social engineering tactics common among today’s cybersecurity threats.
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