How Microsoft 365 Drives Digital Transformation Without Neglecting Security

Various technology symbolizing digital transformation

You may have noticed that the IT world is full of trends—they come and go like fashion (apparently mullets are back in style now?) But one trend that’s been sticking around for a while now is digital transformation, and for good reason. The reason for digital transformation is to “improve business processes”, or in other words, to serve customers better.

In simple terms, digital transformation is using technology—tools like automatic email responses or a program that helps you understand customers—to save you time and money. But in a rush to apply some of these tools, it can be easy to forget about protecting your company’s most valuable asset: your data.

Blame Everything on COVID, Especially Weak Security

2020 and 2021 were a time warp. While it felt like we had to hit the pause button on most things in our lives, technology moved forward at double speed. 

Mckinsey Global asked business executives how much they felt like COVID-19 affected their technology, and the majority responded that the “digitization of their customer and supply-chain interactions and of their internal operations” accelerated by three to four years.

But get this: their share of digital products accelerated by seven years. That means that COVID-19 required them to innovate and apply technology seven years faster than they had originally planned.

The market changed dramatically: office employees were forced to work from home, consumers had to buy nearly everything online, and people had more time to interact with businesses. 

But like most things, if you’re forced into it without any preparation, you’re bound to make mistakes. And one common mistake? Skimping on security measures.

Working from home means that you don’t have the same level of security as you would in a traditional office setting. More tools online mean that there’s a larger attack surface for hackers to exploit. So how do you keep up with the digital transformation trend without leaving your company vulnerable?

Microsoft 365: The Perfect Blend of Digital Transformation & Top-Notch Security

Enter Microsoft 365. It’s not just a fancy word for Office, it’s an all-in-one platform that provides the latest versions of their well-known productivity tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), cloud storage through OneDrive, and top-notch security measures to keep your data safe.

Microsoft 365 also offers advanced tools for teamwork, like Microsoft Teams. This tool has video and audio calling, chat options, and the ability to share and edit documents in real-time with your team members.

Because it’s Microsoft (aka the largest software company in the world), they’ve also implemented security features like multi-factor authentication and data loss prevention measures. This means that only the right people can access your company’s information, and if it does fall into the wrong hands, it’s encrypted and unreadable.

But wait, there’s more.

Tools That M365 Uses to Protect Your Data

One of the biggest tools that Microsoft 365 offers is advanced threat protection. This means that they constantly monitor for suspicious activity, like unusual login attempts or malware, and alert you immediately so you can take action.

You can also implement tools like:

  • advanced anti-phishing policies
  • cyberattack simulations
  • an extra layer of protection for your attachments and links
  • automated email retention and deletion
  • multi-factor authentication and single sign-on

We won’t list everything that M365 can do to protect your data, but just know that it’s more than you ever dreamed of. And when you want all the nitty-gritty details, a managed IT service provider can, well, provide them! They can also get you set up with M365 and help you take advantage of the amazing features it has to offer.

Bottom line? Don’t let security fall by the wayside in your rush for digital transformation. Microsoft 365 can give you all the tools you need to thrive in the changing market, without sacrificing your data’s safety.

The Collaboration You Need for Digital Transformation: M365 & Stability Networks

Ready to take advantage of all the digital transformation opportunities available to you but not sure where to start? Partner with Stability Networks for a smooth transition. We offer M365 implementation and training, as well as managed IT services that make sure your data is secure at all times.

Schedule a consultation with Stability Networks to get a breakdown of your current security and how M365 can fill in the gaps.

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