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Matt Scherocman

How is Microsoft Protecting Your Data From Government Snooping?

There have been a growing number of stories related to government surveillance of internet data in recent days. Our customers have taken notice and we have heard a number of concerns related to the privacy of their data in Microsoft’s Cloud.

While we share in these concerns, the bottom line is Microsoft is doing everything they can to keep your data safe. More importantly, there is no indication that any of Microsoft’s data has been breached by the government. We are told that on the business platforms, Microsoft has had only a handful of requests to share data with the government and was able to work with clients to provide notice and assistance in the vast majority of the cases.

A recent press release explains what Microsoft is doing to keep your data private.

Highlights include:

Expanding Encryption:

  • Microsoft is expanding or strengthening encryption across all of its services; particularly while data is transmitted over the internet
  • If you are on Office 365, Microsoft already encrypts all information moving between your business and Microsoft, and Microsoft’s internal data centers by default
  • These communication channels are protected by best-in-class cryptography including Perfect Forward Secrecy and 2048-bit Key lengths
  • All information which is stored in a Microsoft data center is protected by industry leading encryption and security protocols

Reinforcing legal protections:

  •  Committed to notifying any company when Microsoft receives a government request for access to their information
  • Working with other cloud providers to make the government go directly to an individual company, rather than a cloud provider, to obtain data

Increasing Transparency:

  •  Increasing the transparency of their software code, making it easier for customers to see for themselves that Microsoft products do not contain back doors.
  • Opening a network of transparency centers in the US, America and Asia

 

For more information or to read the full press release, please see this article from Microsoft

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What are the Differences Between Skype for Business Basic and Full Client?

Here’s a breakdown of the differences between Lync basic and full client:  

Lync 2013 Basic is a downloadable client for customers who have a licensed, on-premises Lync Server 2013 deployment and customers who subscribe to a Microsoft Office 365 plan that does not include the full Lync 2013 client. The Lync Basic client includes enhanced presence, contacts, instant messaging (IM), Lync meetings, and basic voice functionality.

Features not supported in Lync Basic include multiparty video, OneNote integration, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) support, skill search, recording, Enterprise Voice features, and advanced call handling (for example, call forwarding and Team Call). For details, see Client Comparison Tables.

 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398996.aspx

This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights.

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Does Office 365 Include Message Encryption?

Microsoft has recently added to the Office 365 family – Messaging Encryption.  This replaces Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) and will be a great for many clients and is included as part of the E3/E4 suites.  Below are the key facts and a link to the O365 Technology Blog article outlining the new feature.

Key facts:

  • Included with O365 E3 and E4 at no cost
  • $2 per user per month to add to other plans
  • Rolling out the first quarter of 2014
  • Receiver does not need to be on the service
  • Current Exchange Hosted Encryption customers will be automatically upgraded

http://blogs.office.com/b/office365tech/archive/2013/11/21/introducing-office-365-message-encryption-send-encrypted-emails-to-anyone.aspx

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Microsoft is Keeping the Cloud Safe, and They Want You to Know How

Is your cloud provider keeping your information safe? This is a fair question and one that certainly needs to be asked.  In the past year the cloud has been battle tested and the answer, fortunately, is yes.  Yet even though the cloud has proven to be a secure platform, skepticism persists – largely due to the fact that providers are hesitant to share their security measures with the public. Microsoft wants you to know that these complaints are not falling on deaf ears.   Microsoft recently confirmed its commitment to transparency by announcing three of its products are now part of the Cloud Security Alliance’s (CSA) new STAR registry. 

The STAR (or CSA Security, Trust and Assurance Registry) is a searchable database that allows the public to compare a cloud service provider’s security to CSA established standards.  In April, Microsoft was proud to announce that Office 365, Windows Azure and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online are all certified members of the registry. Check it out at and see for yourself what Microsoft is doing to keep your information safe. 

In addition to Microsoft’s commitment to transparency, Microsoft has taken numerous steps to ensure their cloud platforms are secure. For example, they were the first major cloud provider to be independently certified as ISO27001 (one of the best security benchmarks in the world), and the first to sign the EU’s Model Clauses for Security.  To find out what else Microsoft is doing to keep the cloud safe visit click here.

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Do Not Go To The Cloud, Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200

My last article talked about the benefits of heading to the cloud.  The cloud is not for everyone.  Prospects frequently ask us why they should avoid the cloud – or delay their cloud purchase.  Here are some thoughts on when Office 365 migrations may not be a fit.

·         Control – you wouldn’t have control of the environment- it would be configurable, but not customizable.

·         Integration with other systems in the environment – may need to add hybrid ability.

 ·         99.9% uptime is not 100%; some clients can achieve better performance in their own environment.  Or at least want to be responsible themselves for trying. 

 ·         Loss of visibility – unsure of when issues will be resolved, limited ability to escalate outside of Microsoft’s predefined structure.

 ·         Office upgrade- Microsoft will require the current version or one previous one for access to the platform which will require a regular investment in licensing.             

 ·         Loss of functionality –  for example – mail enabled folders in SharePoint; Public Folders in Exchange are both not supported.  Business intelligence features of SharePoint are more robust for the on premise version. 

 ·         Dealing with Level I support in a foreign country – it is horrible. 

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