In the second part of our three part series, we’re focusing on data and network security in the cloud. Security is very often one of the top reasons that businesses shy away from the convenience of the cloud. Many people believe the cloud isn’t secure because they’ve heard about hacks into email or celebrity photo accounts. Microsoft Cloud is protected with five layers of physical and logical security; your data is always protected and segregated from other companies that also utilize the cloud.
In fact, Microsoft meets—or exceeds—hundreds of compliance and security regulations; even financial or health data can exist securely in the cloud. If you and your organization make an effort to teach users about securing their password as well as implementing additional security within your business, such as two-factor authentication or encryption, your data will be safe, all with Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing guarantee.
Myth 4: Keeping data on-premises is safer than in the cloud
Unfortunately, on-site hacks are becoming increasingly common; many companies are routinely hacked and aren’t even aware that it’s happened.
Your data security is of foremost importance, and keeping that data secure has become a full-time job. Most organizations don’t have the team of experts required to maintain an appropriate level of security—the few experts available come along with a very hefty salary. Microsoft’s team consists of the best and the brightest, and when it comes to security breaches, no one can work as fast or efficiently. In addition to securing Microsoft Cloud, the team will also secure the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) cloud platform, allowing you to access EMS or, more specifically, Azure from anywhere at any time without fear of a data breach.
Their dedicated security team depends upon the Security Development Lifecycle, traffic throttling, and preventing, detecting, and mitigating issues that most companies don’t have the resources to restore. Even better? Microsoft Office 365 has a 99.9% uptime guarantee, which they’re so confident about they’re willing to financially back it.
If you’re concerned about compliance, don’t worry—Microsoft is, too. They staff regulatory compliance efforts to ensure that they’re completely aware and up to date with the most recent rules and regulations; these include HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley, Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and many more.
Myth 5: Corporate spies, cyberthieves, and governments will all have access to my data if it’s stored in the cloud
As we mentioned in the introduction, many people fear that if they put their information in the cloud, anyone who cares to take the effort to hack into will have access to all of their secure data—after all, if it can happen to a celebrity, what’s stopping it from happening to you?
Fortunately, this fear is unfounded. Your IT team can manage your access, set up your rights and restrictions, and provide smartphone access and options to the appropriate people within your company. Your company is the sole owner: You will retain the title, the rights, and the interest in all the data you’ve stored within Office 365, EMS, or Azure.
Microsoft adheres to a set of guiding principles when they undertake safeguarding your company’s data.
- They will not mine any of your data for advertising, or for any purpose beyond providing the support and maintenance you’ve paid for.
- Should you choose to leave their service, you will take your data with you.
- The system’s privacy controls will allow YOU to configure who has access and what they can access.
- Auditing and supervision will prevent their admins from any unauthorized access to your data.
If you’re concerned about other companies having access to your data, Microsoft has that under control. There are strict controls and design elements in place that will prevent that from happening.
Microsoft is proud to say that they’re the first major cloud provider to adopt the first international standard for cloud privacy in the world. With Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing guarantee, there's a uniform international approach to protecting your privacy for personal data that you’ve stored in the cloud.
Microsoft Cloud is fully dedicated to maintaining your security; the many safeguards and policies they have put in place to ensure that your data will not be breached should allow you to breathe easy, knowing that your information is more secure than ever before. Our final article in the series will focus on myths about technology control and growth scalability while in the cloud.
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