Enterprise Cloud Security in Office 365

Debasish Pramanik Cloud Security Expert - CloudCodes Software
  • April 17th, 2021

In recent times, tilting towards cloud computing has become the new normal. Enterprises make use of the office 365 cloud to save work files. What’s disturbing is lots of enterprises make this shift without considering cloud security. I hate to break it to you, but if your team isn’t paying for specific licensing and add-ons your cloud is at risk. It gets even trickier, Microsoft cloud is limited when you use office 365 cloud and  Google’s G-suite cloud applications. Standardly switching to an office 365 cloud comes with a few security risks. For example, you need to be on the lookout for files that are not supported by Microsoft’s security system.

How can Enterprises Secure their Cloud?

There’s a way around securing your office 365 cloud despite the odds staged against you. Through Cloud  App Security (CASPs) you can see, judge, and eliminate risks to your security by monitoring the activity in the cloud. CASPs is an inclusion in the cloud itself so, you need not worry about the user experience or optimal performance of your cloud. By monitoring the activity in the cloud and leveraging API you can see who has access to what files and where they share the files. It gets better, through CASPs you can secure your cloud against data loss and identify where a breach comes from. 

There’s a need to integrate CASPs with the inbuilt Microsoft Cloud Access Security CASB. This would be unnecessary for people using Office 365 E5 offering. This offer comes with an inbuilt  Microsoft Cloud App Security.  The inbuilt security account for features like; login analyzer, suspicious alert notification, and activity reports amongst others. E5 offering leverages on IP address to monitor activity, and detect threatening activity. Although these features are great, it is expensive to upgrade to an office 365 E5 offering. Even worse transferring files to this cloud or using them to support other clouds come with a few glitches. Sadly, these glitches would exhaust the time and patience of IT experts in enterprises. The catch remains that CASPs is the better way to go about these glitches. It saves time and guarantees the security of the Office 365 cloud.

The Benefits of Integrating CASPs to Fortify Your Enterprise’s Office 365 Cloud security.

Monitoring Activity

With CASPs integrated you can monitor the activity in your cloud. It goes beyond the identification of threats and suspicious activity. This third part app begins an intensive job where office 355 security ends. It can monitor the activity of other third-party apps which your office 365 would standardly allow accessing your cloud. This is the limit in the Microsoft cloud that necessitates CASPs to bridge the security gap.

Extra Security

CASPs have an extra layer of security to secure your cloud.  With this inclusion to your cloud security, you can be rest assured that your unsupported files flagged by Microsoft cloud security would gain passage. CASPs can monitor the activities of your files irrespective of their file formats. Enterprises can have their PDFs, slides, presentations, google docs, and other file formats under the watch of CASPs. It actively monitors and provides an extra layer of security while allowing file formats Microsoft cloud security flags for no just reason.

Efficient Reporting System

Using CASPs third-party system to augment your Microsoft cloud security affords you down luxury. Using the Google AI images you can scan through documents that contain confidential information. This information could take the form of payment card details, passcode and security codes, and more. Haven identified them, the security system remediates them by advising you on proactive steps to take to secure the information. Even better, the system earns your team ahead of the risk of sharing these files. Only the Microsoft E5 offering has a closely related feature. Other lower offers make it difficult or impossible to access recommendations and remediation’s.

Monitoring login of your Cloud

Enterprises are constantly faced with threats like suspicious login. It only makes sense that CASPs has the unique ability to monitor login, characterize them, and show graphically where logins are made. This would help enterprises to first evaluate their risks and then take more proactive measures. For example, organizations can blacklist and whitelist logins based on their location.  Even better, they can wield more control over their cloud security with CASPs. CASPs monitors these logins and recommends customizable policies to further fortify your cloud security.

Extra Data Loss Prevention

CASPs offer data protection, and even better it protects you from data prevention. Through its advanced malware threat protection and other preventive measures, data loss is impossible.  Data loss prevention in CASPs works by watching out for sensitive information across supported and unsupported file formats. Through its image scanning feature, it takes screenshots and documents for sensitive information. This sensitive information accounts for likely reasons why people are trying to compromise your cloud security. With CASPs you’re guaranteed prevention from data breaches, account overuse, and defense from malware.

Beyond migration across clouds, enterprises should think about cloud security. Considering how much security they can get from a cloud service provider would help them augment their cloud security with third-party service providers. The truth is; third-party service providers wouldn’t perform so well in the market if there was no use or functionality of their solutions. Even better, it never hurts to have extra security and protection to protect against the compromise of your cloud security.

Conclusion

Office 365 has great cloud security but it doesn’t have security to protect your files. Even worse, it has limits and restrictions that can threaten your cloud security. Data loss is also inevitable during migration to Office 365 cloud because of the cloud’s security u approvals of certain file format types.  The best way to bridge the security gap in an enterprise office 356 is to seek third-party service providers like CASPs. CASPs doesn’t just bridge the security gap it also serves as an efficient extra layer of security. It identifies threats, suggests security recommendations, monitors activity in your cloud, and characterizes the nature of a threat.

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