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Five Essential Microsoft 365 Security Tips
You’re probably aware already that cybercrime has been on the rise dramatically in the past few years, with a significant boost since the pandemic. Businesses everywhere have been scrambling to get employees set up remotely at short notice and are beginning to realise that even post-pandemic, remote working is still going to be popular.
Ensuring that your employees can access everything they need to maintain productivity is essential. But what’s even more vital is making sure they can do so securely. Microsoft 365 is the best tool out there for collaboration, remote working and seamless integrations; however, it’s not automatically as secure as you might think.
Microsoft is not responsible for backing up your data or providing advanced cybersecurity. However, they do offer some excellent Microsoft security features that are easy to use and will give you quick cybersecurity wins. Many businesses just don’t know these exist, so they’re not using them. But don’t worry, we’ve outlined the best Microsoft security tips for you here:
1. Password Protection
First things first, choose a strong password! It may sound obvious, but don’t use the same password for everything, or just adding an exclamation mark (!) to the end. If you’re stuck for ideas, use a random password generator or suggested strong passwords.
2. Multi-Factor Authentication
Enable secure multi-factor authentication on anything you can. This just means that you’ll usually be sent a verification code to your email or phone to verify it’s you when you log in. This may seem like a hassle, but it’s a minor inconvenience for you that could stop a hacker in their tracks. MFA can also be set up in Microsoft Azure for cloud users. Learn more via Azure Active Directory.
3. Access Management
If you know that you only have employees in a handful of countries – why not block all other countries' access? This is a great way to get your security basics under control and ensure that only approved accounts have access to company data. It’s essential to be aware of user patterns and access so that you can spot anomalies. A great way to keep on top of this is through Microsoft Analytics.
4. Mobile Device Management
Microsoft Intune will allow you to manage your devices from one centralised location. This means that whether your employees are using phones, tablets or laptops – you can keep them secure anywhere in the world.
5. Consider Microsoft 365 Business Premium
This solution is the only Microsoft 365 subscription that includes advanced threat protection. Microsoft provides layers of security that proactively protects data from cyber-threats. This protection even extends to your employee’s personal devices and information if required.
Train your staff! Make sure that your team know what to look out for when it comes to cyberthreats. The best way to do this is to get your Cyber Essentials certification.
The risks to businesses are real and ever-increasing when it comes to cybersecurity. This is why it’s so important to cover your bases – particularly your Microsoft 365 applications that store so much critical data. But there’s no need to panic. Following some of the steps highlighted in this blog will set your business up for success long-term and keep your data safer than it is today.
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