Microsoft 365 has become the go-to productivity and collaboration suite for organizations across the world. But, did you know that Microsoft offers different subscription plans?
The two main options for companies are Microsoft 365 Business Standard and Microsoft 365 Business Premium. With both options, your employees get access to Microsoft’s fantastic applications and cloud services, like Teams, Exchange, OneDrive, Sharepoint and so on. However, the Premium option also features enhanced security and performance functions.
While Premium is slightly more expensive than the Standard subscription, its innovative features and powerful tools mean it is well worth the investment.
In this series of blogs, we’ll take a deep dive into Microsoft 365 Business Premium, so you can understand exactly what it has to offer, starting with its advanced security capabilities.
Protect Your Remote Workers from Compromise
We’re firmly in the age of ‘work from anywhere’, where employees work either remotely full-time or at least some of the time. While this is a great workplace benefit, it opens the doors to a host of new cybersecurity threats. In particular, you may be worried about hackers stealing your employees’ email passwords and using them to access sensitive company information.
With Microsoft 365 Business Premium, you can rest assured this will never happen. The platform features excellent data protection capabilities, which ensure your business-critical data is safeguarded at all times, and only accessed by genuine, verified employees.
The first of these capabilities is advanced multi-factor authentication, which protects against incidents of lost or stolen passwords. This verification mechanism works by mandating employees verify their identity in at least two ways, such as a password and a security question.
Secondly, Microsoft 365 Business Premium makes use of conditional access policies, which control who has access to what company data, based on contextual factors like an employee’s IP address, location, the time of day their logging in from and more. This intelligent approach to data access reduces the likelihood of hackers being able to successfully compromise a user account.
Combat Phishing Attacks and Ransomware
In a phishing attack, a cyber-criminal will pose as a legitimate body or individual via email in an attempt to trick their victim into sharing sensitive data or clicking on a malicious link. Phishing emails are a huge issue for organizations across the globe. In fact, 60% of organizations have lost data due to successful phishing attacks.
Luckily, Microsoft has worked tirelessly to build security tools that stop phishing emails from ever reaching your employees’ inboxes. Microsoft 365 Business Premium uses AI-powered malware scanning technologies, known as Advanced Threat Protection and Anti-Spoofing Technology Protection, to continuously scan incoming emails for signs of malware or malicious intent. This also helps to protect against other email-based threats, like ransomware and domain hijacking.
On top of this, to further protect against ransomware, you can use Windows Exploit Guard, which is an anti-malware solution that prevents intrusions on Windows hosts.
Meet Compliance By Securing Your Sensitive Data
With regulations like the GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA and more, securing sensitive data must be a priority for all organizations. But it can also be pretty difficult, especially as companies use more cloud applications and work in multiple locations synchronously.
Microsoft is aware that cloud applications demand a new approach to data security, which is why Microsoft 365 Business Premium is packed with data protection capabilities that prevent data leakage and data theft. These features include:
- Data loss prevention (DLP) policies: DLP is a tool that automatically identifies and secures sensitive data, such as personally identifiable information or credit card numbers.
- Encryption: This feature ensures that only authorized users can view the content of a message.
Secure Corporate Data on Employees’ Personal Devices
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a modern phenomenon that’s not going away anytime soon. Naturally, though, BYOD raises concerns about data security. How can you protect data on devices that you don’t control? Microsoft has the answer.
With Microsoft 365 Business Premium, you can roll out a superb mobile device management (MDM) feature. This enables you to secure, manage and control data on your employees’ personal devices. With features like remote wiping, conditional access, in-depth reporting and much more, you can create a BYOD program that balances security with usability.
The Bottom Line
If you want to future-proof your business, while giving your employees a great experience, Microsoft 365 Business Premium is undoubtedly the way to go. With fantastic collaboration features and advanced security capabilities, your data will remain safe from even the most complex security threats.
But that’s not all! Look out for part 2 in this series, where we’ll discuss Microsoft 365 Business Premium’s amazing autopilot feature.
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