Microsoft Exchange Server Hack

Microsoft Exchange Server hack, a close call for those businesses still operating an on-premise solution?

Microsoft recently announced an Exchange Server hack leaving hundreds of UK firms potentially compromised. Microsoft have since linked the attack to Chinese based group known as “Hafnium”.

Since the hack, Microsoft have released numerous patches to fix the vulnerabilities believed to have been exploited, to prevent further exploitation; but it remains uncertain for many businesses as to whether their system has become compromised.

Throughout the pandemic there has been a steady movement towards a cloud solution with Microsoft 365 and perhaps this recent attack has highlighted the importance of cloud solutions even further.

Some businesses have chosen to remain with an on-premise solution as they own the hardware and feel more in control over their data. However, this does also mean businesses become responsible for the security of the system – this can result in a lot of time, money, and resources to ensure your system is constantly up to date.

Importance of security in the Modern Workplace

As the pandemic has emphasised, IT infrastructure is critical to modern day businesses, and arguably has become one of the most important assets. Therefore, it has never been more important to review the security of your systems.

If your business is still operating with a on-premise server, perhaps now is the time to consider moving to Microsoft 365?

The opportunities of Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 collectively combines Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise, Mobility + Security (EMS). It is a unified cloud based, software as a service (SaaS) solution providing access to all your favourite trustworthy Microsoft business software, plus MUCH more.

Rather than hosting your own on-premise server, Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based model and operates on a subscription service which is billed monthly per user. The benefits of a subscription model enable businesses to select the licences best suited to the user’s requirements and means businesses only pay for what they need. Not to mention, there are no server maintenance and upgrade costs.

The most common benefit of Microsoft 365 which was capitalised on by many businesses during the pandemic was the added flexibility it bought, allowing users to access data on any device and from any location with an internet connection.

But perhaps in light of the recent events of the Exchange Server hack, another major benefit which has been realised is its security.

Security of data on-premise vs in the cloud?

Rationally, many people believe that a private on-premise solution is safer than your data circulating in the cloud. However, this is not necessarily true. The irony of the Microsoft Exchange Server hack has opened up new conversations surrounding the security of on-premise solution vs cloud solutions.

When making the switch to Microsoft 365 there are several security features that your business can benefit from. Microsoft themselves have released several articles relating to the added security benefits of storing your data in the cloud vs an on-premise solution. We have summarised some of the key points below.

With such a high adoption rate of Microsoft 365 the security has never been better, it is worth noting the security of the cloud is carefully monitored and protected by a team of global cybersecurity experts consistently safeguarding your data.

Cloud solutions also offer multi-layered security approaches including, encryption for data in transit and at rest, continual threat monitoring, application security, suspicious login and activity monitoring, multi-factor authentication plus more; successfully enhancing the clouds security posture even further.

But perhaps one of the major benefits of Microsoft 365 is that the cloud is maintained by Microsoft, so all the security updates and patches are automatically applied, ensuring you are always running the most secure version. On-premise solutions can appear more reactive than proactive as patches are commonly applied after an exploitation takes place.

It is important to note the cloud is not exempt from breaches and they can still occur, but Microsoft have sophisticated security measures in place as demonstrated. Businesses can also play a big part in ensuring they keep their data secure by implementing the appropriate procedures when onboarding and offboarding employees.

Start your transition to the cloud today!

Download our free checklist to determine the six simple steps your business needs to take to move to a full cloud solution with Microsoft 365.

Concerned about the costs of moving to Microsoft 365?

We have you covered. If you would like to know the costs of moving your business to the cloud then check out our Microsoft 365 Cost Calculator, which includes a detailed breakdown of the costs of migrating to the cloud including the one-off migration costs.

If you would like to know any additional information surrounding Microsoft 365, please get in touch and one of our experts will be on hand to provide further guidance and advice.

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