DEBUNKED: 3 Myths of Office 365

Most small and mid-sized organizations agree they need flexibility and want the cost savings that come when moving to the cloud. But with the overwhelming amount of information available, much of it contradictory, not many truly understand exactly what "the cloud" means or what it entails. So, check out the top 3 Office 365 myths floating around, that we have DEBUNKED!

Myth #1 – Anyone will have access to our data

Microsoft is making security front and center of everything they do and are achieving it through transparency, privacy, and compliance. Their unique approach combines platform (e.g. devices, applications, infrastructure), with secure product offerings (e.g. Windows Server 2016, Azure Active Directory, Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection) and then layers on intelligence from telemetry, data streams, and machine learning. So even if someone tried to access your data, Microsoft has deep and broad detection points to help protect and respond quickly to even an inkling of a threat.

Microsoft is also the first major cloud provider to adopt the world’s first international standard for cloud privacy which establishes a uniform, international approach to protecting privacy for personal data stored in the cloud.

Myth #2 - Keeping data on-premises is safer than in the cloud

While on-premise can seem more secure due to being physical and tangible, the requirements needed to maintain a high security level can be more demanding, and costly. With cloud applications, security features are built in and real-time updates are integrated into the framework so you're always working from the latest versions, with the best possible protection and security. The ultimate goal is for businesses to be able to access their information from anywhere, on any device, at any time. The cloud includes advanced processes and procedures such as backup and recovery solutions, so your business can spend less time fixing and more time selling.

Myth #3 - I must move everything to the cloud

Cloud migration is rarely an all-or-nothing scenario. Most implementations start with a hybrid approach - moving a single application, like email, and growing from there. This is not only a good way for customers to become comfortable with the cloud, it's also a great way to experience how computing power and capabilities can scale based on business needs and demand.

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