A Look at Security in the Microsoft Cloud

PAUL SCHNACKENBURG | March 5, 2019

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An interesting shift is starting to happen when I talk to prospects and clients in my IT consultant role. They want to know that the solution or service I'm proposing is going to solve their business problem, but they tend to finish with, "Is it going to be secure?" And if they don't ask the question and actively push back when I bring it up -- I've started to simply say "No, unless you consider the security implications and take appropriate steps to mitigate the risks, I won't work with you."In this article I'm going to take a high-level overview of the security features on offer in Microsoft 365 (SaaS), and cover what you can do in the lower-level SKUs, as well as what the higher-level SKUs provide. Next month I'll do the same for Azure (PaaS and IaaS). Taken together these two articles should provide a foundation to take to decision makers and work to improve the security of your Microsoft cloud deployments.

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