In a global survey of 600 IT professionals, nearly half characterized themselves as “highly concerned” about email security gaps in Microsoft Office 365TM. Not surprisingly, 91% of respondents said their organizations will seek out third-party solutions to bolster the built-in security in Office 365.
Concerns don’t stop at security. When it comes to business continuity, Office 365 is far from bullet-proof. In fact, when Office 365 experienced a slowdown in June 2016 for nine hours it slammed U.S. users during the last day of the month and the last day of the fiscal quarter (and fiscal year for some). It wouldn’t be the last time Office 365 email outages impacted users, it happened again in August disrupting email services across the UK, Netherland, South Africa and parts of the Middle East.
Some solutions are developed for the cloud from day one while others are a by-product of solutions developed initially for on-premises use. While a cloud-native solution is one that is truly multi-tenant, others may come with fewer network benefits This means patches and fixes can’t be delivered quickly and can result in ineffective and lackluster threat protection. Updates may require downtime and not instantly reflect the latest protection.
A comprehensive third-party email security solution for Office 365 can alleviate security and continuity concerns. However, all third-party email security solutions for Office 365 are not created equal. How do you choose the right third-party solution to deliver the security and cyber resilience your business demands?
The four key areas your solution should address are:
- Data Assurance Archiving
Hydradyne, a Fort Worth, Texas-based hydraulics fabricator, and distributor experienced several on-premises Exchange email outages and decided it was time to find a complementary solution. With more than 450 email users in 32 locations across the Southeast U.S., the company opted to switch to Office 365 and deploy a third-party security solution that addressed these key areas of concern and gave IT administrators highly granular controls to protect email far beyond the capabilities of Office 365 alone.
Email is a business necessity. If your solution has gaps that can cause downtime, your business suffers. How would your organization operate on the last day of the month, the last day of the fiscal quarter, the last day of the fiscal year without access to email?
This article was originally published here.