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It’s Time to De-Risk with Microsoft 365

It’s Time to De-Risk with Microsoft 365

Recently, there was a security incident that forced Rackspace to shut down its hosted Exchange environment for an extended period of time. The mitigating solution was to give customers free access to Microsoft 365 for email services. The belief is that the security failure stemmed from known vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft Exchange (which Microsoft confirmed and later linked the attacks to a nation-state hacker group.) 

Security experts are seeing a significant number of Exchange servers getting “backdoored” by malware that lets threat actors maintain update-resistant and “stealth” access to the IT infrastructure of a targeted organization. Despite its long-held reputation as a reliable on-premise workhorse for email that allows for total administrative control, many of our clients are starting to see this beloved server as legacy technology. Exchange has limitations that become more noticeable as companies migrate to the cloud, namely, modern authentication and other security features that are unavailable in Exchange environments.

There is no business strategy without a cloud strategy.

The lasting business shift to remote and hybrid work has prompted slow adopters to finally embrace the cloud. Some statistics show nearly 90% of organizations have adopted the cloud for at least some of their business applications, though it appears that for some, the decision to let go of their legacy or hosted email system remains a challenge.

The major benefits of migrating to Microsoft 365 can be broken down into three categories:

  • End-user productivity
  • Security and compliance
  • Scalability and cost-efficiency

Growing companies need more than just email. Around 80% of Fortune 500 companies have already undertaken data migration to Microsoft 365, and start-ups to medium-sized organizations are now following this trend. Smaller organizations are implementing Microsoft’s productivity suite into their everyday operations and utilizing its set of tools to drive business productivity at a flexible, calculable cost.

… and Re-Think Productivity.

Cost reduction is frequently cited as the core driver for migration plans, however there are many arguments in favor of taking the leap to the new Microsoft 365 including an array of novel tools, product updates, and the opportunity for new workflows and routines. Yes, migration can be a complex task, but it’s one that brings many benefits:

  • Upfront cost certainty 
  • Preserves business agilily
  • Enhances organizational communication
  • Boosts employee productivity and reduces downtime
  • Streamlines IT operations

And there is no need for Capex spend on hardware, software, data center space, ever. Here are some additional benefits for your in-house IT department:

  • Flex user count up or down very quickly
  • More times than not the mailbox size quota is substantially greater with Microsoft 365
  • No need to audit MS licensing, as all licenses are included
  • No need to patch or keep servers up to date
  • No need to patch or update Office versions
  • Users are spread out among many servers so a single server outage does not impact all users
  • Guarantees compliance with industry-specific, local, and national regulations, such as HIPAA, SOC 1, 2, & 3, ISO/IEC 27001, CIS Benchmarks, CDSA, and more
  • Faster onboarding with Thrive Customer portal integration

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