With security breaches and their impact on businesses frequently in the headlines, the need for stringent security measures has never been more evident. A third of U.S. businesses report having had a breach of customer information, and the costs can be significant. One in five organizations have lost customers due to a cyberattack and nearly 30% have lost revenue, with the average cost of single data breath reported at $4 million.

However, 74% of IT leaders say security concerns are holding back their move to the cloud. Are you one of them?

While reservations about the security capabilities of cloud environments concerns used to be a reason for companies to delay migration, investment by Microsoft into new security tools and resources are challenging those misperceptions and providing compelling reasons to make the move.

It’s time for the the real story. Here are four common myths about cloud security, and some facts about the Microsoft cloud.


Myth 1

Microsoft employees will have unfettered access to my data if I move to the cloud.

Fact: With Microsoft, your data is always yours.

Microsoft’s multi-tenant architecture sets the industry standards for security, confidentiality, and privacy. Multiple layers of protection prevent access to information from other tenants. To deliver an enterprise-grade hyper scale cloud service, Microsoft operations are automated with self-healing mechanisms. In addition, Microsoft engineers don’t have standing access to customer data and there is a process in place to grant access when it is required for service operations.


Myth 2

We don’t need to worry because we haven’t had a problem so far.

Fact: Hope is not a strategy. Your approach to security needs to assume there will be active —and successful— attempts to breach your firewall.

A third of US companies have experienced a data breach. It’s no longer a question of if, but when an incident will occur. Businesses need security systems and solutions that provide maximum defense against security breaches, as well as an agile, effective response when a breach does occur.


Myth 3

Moving to the cloud makes compliance issues, such as categorizing data and reporting, more difficult.

Fact: Microsoft integrates compliance requirements and features throughout cloud services and datacenters. The Microsoft cloud can also help organizations meet xyz percent of their requirements.

Security and compliance are inextricable. Regulatory requirements are constantly evolving. That’s why Microsoft has a compliance team dedicated to keeping up-to-date on any changes. They work closely with businesses and regulators to ensure their solutions comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other applicable regulations, whether they’re global, regional, or associated with a specific industry.


Myth 4

My company can always spends enough on security to keep our systems protected.

Fact: It’s not only how much you spend, it’s how smart. Microsoft investments in research, development, and services provide enterprise-grade security even for companies without enterprise-size budgets.

Increasingly complex attack methods have made creating adequate defenses more difficult. Resources need to be allocated to protect against multiple vulnerabilities (e.g., identities, devices, infrastructure) and types of attacks (e.g., phishing, zero-day, etc.). While threats continue to grow in frequency and sophistication, companies still resort to costly point solutions to address specific threats rather than a systematic approach. Managing exponential growth in controls can be a costly nightmare.


With Office 365, you gain a trusted partner in Microsoft, who provides up-to-date tools and capabilities to help keep your data secure.

When your infrastructure is on-premises, you are solely responsible for updating and maintaining your systems to keep them protected, as well as responding effectively when a breach occurs.

What does enterprise-grade security mean with regard to Office 365? It means providing intelligent security across five key dimensions: identity and access management, information protection, threat protection, security management, and compliance.

In addition, Microsoft patches over one billion windows devices, scans 400 billion emails for malware, and processes 450 billion authentications every month. By analyzing the resulting data, Microsoft can provide unique insights into emerging threats.


Office 365 is hosted in georedundant datacenters protected by motion sensors, video surveillance, and other measures 24 hours a day.

Multiple authentication procedures, including badge identification and biometric scanners, protect our centers against unauthorized entry.

With an on-premises solution, security protection procedures for hardware, operating systems and applications are manual and prone to human error. In the cloud, that process can be automated. Automating security procedures allows Microsoft to address security threats on a large scale and reduce the risk of data breach from employees.

Is your business prepared to dedicate the funds and resources it now takes to maintain an adequate security posture? Does that even make sense for your business? Do you have the expertise to keep pace with constantly evolving security threats? When you move to Office 365 you resolve these questions, and more, by sharing burdens such as endpoint protection and identity and access management with Microsoft as a trusted partner, while completely shifting the burden of application- and network-level controls, host infrastructure, and physical security.


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Office 365: your secure entry into the cloud

If you’re looking to take advantage of the cost savings and security advancements available in the cloud, Office 365 is a great place to start. Here’s a look at some of the security capabilities of Office 365.


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