Cloud computing represents a seismic shift from traditional computing, one that enables users, whether businesses or government agencies, to do more, faster. In part, this shift is due to the way in which cloud services are provisioned and maintained, allowing customers to tap into the power of cloud data centers and services without having to build, manage, or maintain them. However, this technological transformation has been plagued by security concerns – driven, in part, by both increased understanding of the general online risk environment and by persistent media coverage ofRead more
On September 26, 2017 at the Microsoft Ignite in Orlando, FL, Microsoft announced the next perpetual release of Office is scheduled for the second half of 2018. According to the Microsoft site, “Office 2019 will add new user and IT capabilities for customers who aren’t yet ready for the cloud. For example, new and improved inking features—like pressure sensitivity, tilt effects, and ink replay—will allow you to work more naturally. New formulas and charts will make data analysis for Excel more powerful. Visual animation features—like Morph and Zoom—will add polish toRead more
As a long time Microsoft and Barracuda partner, we recently blogged about Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 and how Essentials provides enhanced email security, compliance archiving and cloud-to-cloud backup. Essentials provides another layer of security and protection to Microsoft Office 365. On March 22nd, Barracuda wrote a great blog post Widespread Office 365 Outage Underscores the Need for Email Continuity which pointed to a recent Office 365 outage which affected customers and their ability to send and receive emails. Read the full blog post here.Read more
In our day-to-day working lives, we spend most of our time online or connected in some way to the Internet. Personally, I am accessing numerous applications and websites during the day including Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce.com, Constant Contact as well as at least a dozen partner websites that all require a username and password to login. Following password management best practices, each site that requires me to login entails a separate and distinct email and password combination. Remembering these unique authentication credentials can be cumbersome to downright impossible. Fortunately, MicrosoftRead more
In recent months, we’ve been seeing increased interest from our SMB customers around moving to the public cloud. When considering a move to the cloud, it’s critical to consider a cloud-based security solution just as you would for an on-premises environment. Our friends at Barracuda have developed the Barracuda cloud that thoroughly addresses security concerns through their Continuous Threat Protection, Secure Storage and Centralized Management product offerings. Benefits of adding the Barracuda Cloud layer to a public cloud environment include performance assurance, ease of use, added layers of protection and cost effectiveRead more
Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 is a powerful solution that provides enhanced email security, compliance archiving and cloud-to-cloud backup. Recently, Barracuda has announced the cloud-to-cloud backup of SharePoint Online is now available.
According to this Barracuda blog post, “Microsoft SharePoint Online backup provides granular backup and recovery options with the ability to restore individual files that have been deleted, corrupted, or encrypted by ransomware. With this release, there is no need to perform a complete a full recovery of the SharePoint environment. This function is available in Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup andRead more
This article by the Microsoft Office 365 team originally appeared here. You’ve heard about the cloud, you know the benefits it offers, yet you’re still using an on-premises solution for your company’s emails. Maybe the thought of the transition is too daunting, or you’re not convinced it’s necessary at this time—there are many reasons that you might chose to stay with on-premises servers.
According to the 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey, 72 percent of organizations already have at least one application in the cloud and 56 percent are currently identifyingRead more
This article excerpt from the Microsoft Office 365 team can be found here.
Here’s a sobering realization: You can have the most sophisticated computer security in the world and it won’t always protect you. Everything you rely on to keep your confidential data secure can be accidentally undone by one employee—in a matter of seconds. That’s because hackers, more and more, are attacking the weakest link in your cyber-security—your end users. It’s called social engineering. And it’s a serious problem.
It’s not new. This form of attack has been around longer thanRead more
Exchange Online Protection (EOP), a cloud-based email filtering service that helps protect organizations against spam and malware, is an option for both Microsoft Office 365 and Exchange 2013. EOP replaced Microsoft’s Forefront security program, although the basic code has barely changed from the Forefront security offered with Exchange 2010. With EOP, Microsoft added email policy management and enabled the product to work bidirectionally, meaning EOP also provides a level of data loss prevention for Exchange 2013 and Office 365 users. Read the Barracuda Solution Brief here.Read more
Making the move to Office 365 provides organizations with many benefits; from increased end-user productivity to reduced cost and complexity of maintaining on-site hardware. Additionally, Microsoft reduces the risk of downtime substantially by running applications across highly available architectures spread across different regions. While application downtime is reduced in Office 365, the risk of data loss due to human error is not. While Office 365 does provide customers with some protection against loss of data, often the window for data recovery is short and the recovery options limited. Seeking anRead more