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Making your cloud a secure cloud

Protecting data with Microsoft security in a middle market environment

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Companies are the proud owners of important, often sensitive, information—patented methodologies or proprietary assets that make the organization unique or valuable. If those secrets were lost or compromised, it would cause great harm to the organization, as well as its employees and clients.

However, hacking and corporate espionage may not always be top of mind for many middle market companies, potentially thinking they are too small for their information to have value to an outsider. Just because a company does not possess any sought-after trade secrets does not make it any less valuable to its livelihood. In addition, a breach could bring sanctions from regulatory agencies, watchdog groups or law firms that expect private information to be protected.  

More companies are transitioning data and critical assets to the cloud in off-site data centers. Many of these organizations assume that information is automatically backed up and protected—but that is not always the case.

The cloud and cloud security are two very different things, but they need each other to establish an effective data protection foundation. Our guide details what you need to know to take advantage of cloud functionality while also maintaining an effective level of cloud security. It analyzes several key areas, including:

  • Today’s misconceptions: Companies often do not fully understand the differences and capabilities of cloud options, as well as what vendors are responsible for safeguarding in the cloud. Once data is placed in the cloud, it needs to be configured, secured, monitored and backed up, and that is not happening in many cases.
  • The compliance factor: Companies are getting wiser to cybersecurity problems, but regulatory agencies are also threatening larger fines and enforcement actions if security guidelines are not met. Therefore, companies must implement data storage solutions that meet both operational needs and growing regulatory compliance demands.
  • Data protection: With legacy on-site servers, backup became a common practice, but that has not necessarily been lost in the cloud. Microsoft now offers comprehensive tools that inventory and protect data without needing a substantial IT department or a big budget. 

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