Exposing the Top 4 Myths of Cloud Security

Security breaches and their business impact make the headlines frequently, underscoring the need for more stringent security.

In fact, 74% of IT leaders say security concerns are what holds them back from moving to the #cloud. What is the reality?

Get the real story from this eBook on four common myths about cloud security and #MSCloud facts. To get started, contact us to have your questions answered about Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 Business solutions from Penntech IT Solutions.

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Cloud Security is a critical business consideration.  One in five businesses have lost customers as a result of a cyberattack. Nearly 30% have lost revenue, with the average cost of a single data breach reported to be $4 million.

At the same time, 74% of IT leaders say security concerns hold them back from moving to the cloud. What about you?

While reservations about the cloud security capabilities of cloud environments concerns used to be a reason for companies to delay migration, investment by Microsoft into new security tools and resources are challenging those mis-perceptions and providing compelling reasons to make the move.

Here are four common myths about cloud security, and some facts about Microsoft cloud security.

# Myth 1

Microsoft employees
will have unfettered
access to my data if I
move to the cloud.

Fact: With Microsoft, your data is always yours.

Microsoft’s multi-tenant architecture sets the industry standards for security, confidentiality, and privacy.

Multiple layers of protection prevent access to information from other tenants.

To deliver an enterprise-grade hyper scale cloud service, Microsoft operations are automated with self-healing mechanisms.

In addition, Microsoft engineers don’t have standing access to customer data and there is a process in place to grant access when it is required for service operations.

# Myth 2

We don’t need to worry
because we haven’t had
a problem so far.

Fact: Hope is not a strategy. Your approach to security needs to assume there will be active —and successful— attempts to breach your firewall.

A third of US companies have experienced a data breach.1 It’s no longer a question of if, but when an incident will occur.

Businesses need security systems and solutions that provide maximum defense against security breaches, as well as an agile, effective response when a breach does occur.

# Myth 3

Moving to the
cloud makes
compliance issues,
such as categorising
data and reporting,
more difficult.

Fact: Microsoft integrates compliance requirements and features throughout cloud services and datacenters.
The Microsoft cloud can also help organizations meet xyz per cent of their requirements.

Security and compliance are inextricable. Regulatory requirements are constantly evolving. That’s why Microsoft has a compliance team dedicated to keeping up-to-date on any changes.

Microsoft work closely with businesses and regulators to ensure our solutions comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other applicable regulations, whether they’re global, regional, or associated with a specific industry. As a Microsoft Partner, Penntech IT Solutions provide those reassurances.

Microsoft’s data processing agreements detail our protocols and policies regarding customer data, which is helpful with regard to meeting documentation requirements for privacy regulations. Office 365 includes access to features and tools like Compliance Manager and Content Search to assess and manage your risk and Advanced Data Governance and Data Loss Prevention to help classify, protect, and monitor your data.

# Myth 4

My business always spends
enough on security
to keep our systems

Fact: It’s not only how much you spend; it’s how smart you are. Microsoft investments in research, development, and services provide enterprise-grade security even for companies without enterprise-size budgets.

Increasingly complex attack methods have made creating adequate defences more difficult. Resources must be allocated to protect against multiple vulnerabilities (e.g., identities, devices, infrastructure) and types of attacks (e.g., phishing, zero-day, etc.).

While threats continue to grow in frequency and sophistication, companies still resort to costly point solutions to address specific threats rather than a systemic approach.

Managing exponential growth in controls can be a costly nightmare.

With Office 365, you gain a trusted partner in Microsoft, who provides up-to-date tools and capabilities to help keep your data secure.

When your infrastructure is on-premises, you are solely responsible for updating and maintaining your systems to keep them protected and responding effectively when a breach occurs.

What does enterprise-grade security mean concerning Office 365? It means providing intelligent security across five key dimensions: identity and access management, information protection, threat protection, security management, and compliance.

In addition, Microsoft patches over one billion Windows devices, scans 400 billion emails for malware, and processes 450 billion monthly authentications. By analysing the resulting data, Microsoft can provide unique insights into emerging threats.

Office 365 is hosted in geo-redundant data centres protected
by motion sensors, video surveillance, and other measures 24 hours a day.

Multiple authentication procedures, including badge identification and biometric scanners, protect Microsoft centres against unauthorised entry.

With an on-premises solution, security protection procedures for hardware, operating systems and applications are manual and prone to human error. In the cloud, that process can be automated. Automating security procedures allows Microsoft to address security threats on a large scale and reduce the risk of data breaches from employees.

  1. Is your business prepared to dedicate the funds and resources it now takes to maintain an adequate security posture?
  2. Does that even make sense for your business?
  3. Do you have the expertise to keep pace with constantly evolving security threats?

When you move to Office 365 you resolve these questions, and more, by sharing burdens such as endpoint protection and identity and access management with Microsoft and Penntech IT Solutions as trusted partners while completely shifting the burden of application- and network-level controls, host infrastructure, and physical security.

Office 365: your entry into cloud security

If you’re looking to take advantage of the cost savings and security advancements available in the cloud, Office 365 is a great place to start.

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