4 Simple Steps to Securing Your Microsoft 365 Environment

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Exciting technology advances have supported a significant growth in remote working and enabled organisations to remain productive in an ever-changing environment.

Securing your Microsoft 365 environment has never been more fundamental. Unfortunately, this increasingly complex digital landscape has given cyber criminals many new vulnerabilities to exploit. While it can be a simple error in security fundamentals, such as neglecting to enable a certificate that leads to a security breach, often the causes are complex and difficult to mitigate.

With a 1,070 percent increase in ransomware attacks year-over-year, protecting and securing your Microsoft 365 environment from cyber attacks such as ransomware and supply chain threats, is more important than ever.1

Top security challenges faced by businesses today:

  1. Managing increased risk of ransomware/cyber extortion – there has been a 42% global increase in cyber-attacks so far in 20222
  2. Ensuring cloud resources, workloads and applications are securely configured
  3. Defending the supply chain – there has been a 650% increase in supply-chain attacks from 2020 to 20213
  4. Difficulties in recruiting qualified security professionals

With this in mind, it is vital that you use all the tools at your disposal to improve your security posture.

Are you making the most of the security features that Microsoft 365 has to offer? Many businesses are not yet protecting their cloud assets to the same extent that their on-premises assets are protected. As a result, many organisations have large gaps in visibility and coverage across their environment. Luckily, Microsoft 365 has a range of security features available to implement right away, although it is clear that many IT teams are not using them to best advantage. We’ve rounded up the key features below:

 1. Ensure only the right users have access

  • Deliver seamless, secure access
    Azure AD single sign-on lets you manage authentication across devices, cloud apps and on-premises apps – and increases productivity by reducing passwords to one set of credentials per employee or external collaborator.
  • Use added layers of dynamic access control
    Double down on secure access with multi-factor authentication and Conditional Access policies to restrict access to specific people and healthy devices from the correct location.
  • Say “hello” to biometric access
    Sign into your device using biometrics like your fingerprint or face instead of passwords, with Windows Hello.

2. Protect your data and help prevent accidental data leaks

  • Apply Microsoft security best practices
    Install Microsoft-recommended, customisable security baselines on Microsoft 365 Apps, Windows PCs, Microsoft Edge and deploy Microsoft Endpoint Manager app protection policies for Apple & Android devices.
  • Introduce integrated data loss prevention
    Identify, monitor, and automatically protect sensitive data across Microsoft 365 workloads using targeted data loss prevention policies.
  • Deploy user-friendly content protection
    Leverage features like sensitivity labels in Office and secure sharing options in Outlook to help users safeguard their own work.

3. Proactively block threats, gain insights and take recommended actions before issues occur

  • Discover risky apps and data
    Analyse cloud applications that are used without authorisation from the IT department. Leverage our scoring based on risk factors to prioritise your actions.
  • Understand your device estate
    Reduce risk and helpdesk costs by applying recommended policies, and insights into hardware issues or performance intensive apps through the Endpoint Analytics service.
  • Evaluate your security approach
    Get a real-time analysis of your current security posture, including recommendations how to improve and compare your score with benchmarks and key performance indicators.

4. Secure your business with technology you can trust

From strategy and procurement, through to design, implementation, monitoring, management, recovery, training, and even recycling and destruction, our services are truly end-to-end. What’s more, we focus on sustainability at every stage.

  • Secure your data in the cloud and on-premises

Keep your data secure wherever you are. Our Endpoint Management includes the services and tools to enable your organisation to manage and monitor mobile devices, desktop computers, virtual machines, embedded devices, and servers.

This solution is part of the Microsoft 365 stack to help secure access, protect data, respond to risk, and manage risk.

  • Ensure that applications empower your organisation

Get full end-to-end solution development and support capabilities across the Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform. We can tailor the suite of applications to meet your specific requirements without requiring your in-house developers to write bespoke software.

Need help securing your Microsoft 365 environment?

Daisy can work with you to evaluate the security and compliance of your Microsoft 365 environment with our consultancy packages, configure your environment to underpin a secure migration to Microsoft 365 and optimise your security as part of our ongoing managed services.

To discover more about securing your Microsoft 365 environment, please speak to our specialists on 0344 863 3000 today!

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