Of the many positive trends in the IT industry has been the shift of storage and software to the cloud. Though still a long way to go, many companies have shifted to the cloud already with several more in the queue. It is believed that by 2018, more than half of storage, server and software spending will be in the public cloud sector.
Microsoft has released a publication on online security titled The Modern Workplace Watchdog. The focus of this eBook is on how Office 365 US Government helps keep data safe and team productive. Office 365 U.S Government is a great choice for government organizations with advanced IT requirements that want the flexibility to move to the cloud at their own pace.
Office 365 U.S.Government eBook
After the global IT attacks in 2014 and the recent security hack on Yahoo’s server, anyone considering a shift to the cloud network will exercise caution. These attacks have leaked billions of records and that for sure is a deterrent for anyone wanting to invest further in cloud technology.
Though measures could be introduced to make security better for cloud networks, it is believed that such steps might affect end user productivity.
The topics covered in this ebook are:
- Access levels on the applications: Office 365 U.S Government applications help users grant or deny access to any device in their handling, such that even those with administrator level privileges cannot access their data without permission. The users and their devices have the advantage of better measures for protecting the transit of information.
- Compliance issues: The Office 365 U.S Government helps users stay in line with the major regulations. Especially CJIS, FedRamp, IRS1075, HIPAA, FISMA and ECSB. This is another advantage of this system because cyber threats are ever evolving. Rather, one main reason behind most security failures is that the protection measures were outdated, something which these applications take care of. Microsoft follows a strategy of ‘assumed breach’ where they challenge their own security to find loopholes before a hacker could.
- Customer Lockbox feature: The Office 365 U.S. Government Customer Lockbox feature lets the user decide who will have access to his/her IT assets and to what level. An attempt has been made to minimize any need for a Microsoft employee to access user data. Even in the rare case that it might be needed, it would be with the user’s consent, even if law enforcement requires the same. Though yes, there are privileges to grant full administrator level controls if needed.
- Mobile Device Management: One of the best parts of cloud technology is mobile access of data. However, when the concerns are with security, keeping data safe for mobile usage becomes the biggest of challenges. The built-in mobile device management (MDM) features in the Office 365 U.S. Government applications separate them from personal apps helping users wipe data remotely in case they lose their device.
- Message Encryption and Rights Management: The message encryption and rights management service in the Office 365 U.S. Government helps set policies like allowing synchronizing of work email and documents only on devices managed by your organization. Certain policies could be set to ensure the same.
- Data Loss Prevention technology: The DLP technology helps users prevent data loss. It could help users restrict employees from sending sensitive data or completely block them from doing so remotely.
Despite the security concerns, people would eventually gain trust in the cloud technology. You can download the eBook from Microsoft.
Some of you might want to download this Microsoft eBook titled Essentials of modern IT Security in Cloud & Mobile Computing too.