Around the world, hundreds of thousands of businesses rely on Microsoft365 applications to run all aspects of their operations. From sales to accounting to manufacturing, businesses depend on Microsoft tools to fuel their revenue growth. Despite spending millions on security solutions, CIOs often overlook a critical aspect of their IT infrastructure—data generated and stored by Microsoft365. What happens to this data in case there is a business interruption. Many information technology executives assume data is backed-up by Microsoft, but that often is not the case.
To safeguard your Microsoft365 business data, you need to understand the different types of threats, then implement a comprehensive data policy and then use the latest cloud-based technologies to protect your data on an ongoing basis.
Five Threats to Microsoft365 Data
Cybersecurity attacks are major threats to business data and often generate huge headlines and attention from the media. But in reality, security breaches are only one of five reasons data created and stored in Microsoft365 is lost.
Employees and users accidentally delete data stored in Microsoft365. A CSO study states 29% of data is lost due to human error. Users routinely delete profiles, email attachments and other data without regard to whether that data needs to be saved or not. Often users don’t realize that once the recycle bin is emptied, the files are not recoverable. Older or archived files are also subject to permanent deletion depending on a company’s data loss prevention (DLP) policy.
Many Microsoft users mistakenly believe deleted data can be restored, but that is not often the case. Outdated data retention practices and policies put archived data at risk if policies are not updated to prevent permanent deletion.
Not all data security risks come from outside the organization. Often disgruntled employees, vendors, or contractors can maliciously attack or delete data. Data backup solutions are the only way to prevent these types of data risks. Microsoft only assumes responsibility for infrastructure, so data protection is up to you.
Migration to Cloud
Many CIOs find they lose data when migrating from Microsoft on-premise solutions to Microsoft Cloud since systems cannot restore legacy data once the migration is complete. Many third-party solutions do not integrate data-protection features in both versions.
Legal and Compliance Issues
Losing data may also be a violation of data privacy laws such as GDPR and HIPPA. These laws require that companies retain customer and medical data for a certain period of time and can only be deleted at the data subject’s request. Preventing data loss can save companies millions of dollars in non-compliance fines.
Continuous Data Protection Services
The best way to prevent Microsoft365 data loss is with a Mathe continuous data backup solution. Our automated, cloud-based solution continuously backs up and protects your essential application data, so you don’t have to worry about cybersecurity attacks, accidental deletions or compliance issues. It works on multiple platforms, including Microsoft365, Android, iOS, Windows, Linux and GSuite.
Data protection backup services are fast and reliable, with the ability to resume or stop backup routines at any time. You can backup data to different storage options, including Google, Microsoft, cloud services or on-premise network storage.
Benefits of Continuous Data Protection
Protect Data from Threats
Backup and restore all Microsoft application data on both cloud-based services or on-premise platforms. Continuous backups stop you from worrying about cybersecurity attacks, accidental deletions, and non-compliance issues.
Avoid Fines and Penalties
Using continuous data protection means never worrying about a GDPR or HIPPA violation because of deleted customer or patient data.
Boost Business Continuity
Keep your business up and running provides tremendous peace of mind. Up-to-date data backups mean ensuring business continuity and neutralizing cybersecurity hacking and ransomware threats.
Protect Key Microsoft Apps
The Mathe continuous data backup solution protects Microsoft data on all platforms, including Exchange Online, OneDrive for Business and Sharepoint.
24/7/365 Monitoring and Protection
Our cloud-based monitoring center allows us to monitor and protect your Microsoft data on an ongoing basis. Our data protection specialists will monitor your data and applications and ensure your data is always protected at the level your business needs. This system allows us to search, backup and restore data in seconds. The web-based console will enable you to review data backup processes and conduct certain activities on your own.
Flexible Plans to Meet Your Business Needs
Mathe will work with you to design and develop a custom data protection program that meets your business requirements and financial needs. We offer flexible pricing and payment options without the need to purchase hardware or additional software licenses.
Mathe is your IT services provider. Our professional technical and customer success teams will work with you to design the right continuous data protection solution for your business.
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