Recently we released results of a Microsoft® Office 365 and SharePoint survey conducted with TechValidate. The survey addressed how organizations are utilizing Office 365 and SharePoint, what applications they are using from the platform, where they have limitations, and how organizations perceive the security of Office 365 for controlling sensitive data.
Key findings show that a majority of respondents are utilizing Office 365 for its ability to universally connect employees, but that there are still lingering concerns about the solution’s security, especially when it comes to highly sensitive information. Half of the respondents affirmed that the only types of information currently stored in Office 365 are public/non-sensitive documentation or project documents. A sampling of the findings include:
• 48% of organizations surveyed currently use Office 365, and an additional 15% plan to use it within the next year; 6% in the next two years and 10% in the next 5 years; 21% noted they had no plans to use it.
• A majority of organizations (54%) believe there is enough built-in security to store confidential documents in Office 365.
• That said, 34% said they are not planning to store confidential information in Office 365.
Office 365 is here to stay. As companies migrate to the cloud, the focus needs to be on uniformly securing all environments, on-premises or cloud. Then organizations can truly take advantage of the advanced capabilities, features and sharing components of Office 365 and SharePoint Online. While Office 365 provides unmatched productivity and cost-effectiveness, many are still concerned about its security. Organizations should consider taking a layered approach to security, to help them increase their comfort level and confidence in working in the cloud.
About the authors Chris McNulty & Cryptzone:
Chris McNulty is Chief Technology Officer at Cryptzone (formerly HiSoftware). Drawing on his experience as CTO for Dell, formerly Quest, Chris is a Microsoft SharePoint MVP, MCTS, MCSE, MSA and an MVTSP. A frequent speaker at events around the globe, Chris is the author of the “SharePoint 2013 Consultant’s Handbook” among other books. He also blogs at http://www.chrismcnulty.net/blog. Prior to Dell, Chris led the SharePoint consulting practice at KMA, a Boston based Microsoft Gold Partner. He holds an MBA from Boston College in Investment Management and has over twenty years’ experience in financial services technology with John Hancock, State Street, GMO and Santander.
Cryptzone secures the enterprise with dynamic, identity-driven security solutions that protect critical services, applications and content from internal and external threats. For over a decade, enterprises have turned to Cryptzone to galvanize their network security with responsive protection and access intelligence. The company specializes in solutions for automated content security and compliance for SharePoint and Office 365. More than 750 public sector and enterprise customers, including some of the leading names in technology, manufacturing and consumer products trust Cryptzone to keep their data and applications secure. To find out more about Cryptzone solutions please go to www.cryptzone.com.
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