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Matt Scherocman

How Unsecure Is the Cloud?

How Unsecure Is the Cloud?

Clients frequently ask our team about security in the cloud and how their data is protected.  We spend a ton of time with them walking them through the features of security that Microsoft has built.  Generally, the discussion boils down to two topics:

Even though the cloud isn’t perfect for security, it is exponentially better than what is currently protecting the same data at the client’s site.  Frequently, the customers who question the security of the clouds are the same ones who believe that a firewall and antivirus is strong security.  In my opinion, it is the bare minimum.  Taking these clients to the cloud provides a level of security that they have never seen and likely could never make the investment for.

Security by obscurity – many smaller clients believe that they have a level of security provided by the fact that they shouldn’t be a target.  “No one knows who we are.”  “No one knows our network is here.”  These arguments tend to fall apart with the use of automated tools that aren’t targeted.  They are just pointed at people’s internet addresses and sent to try and open as many doors as possible.  These automated bots do not discriminate like a human would – they will go after any and all data.  Our general advice is to remove the Exchange server which is one of the chattiest services on the network – it will talk to anyone.  And if a client really wants security by obscurity, Microsoft’s Office 365 service is so large that their mailboxes are sure to be lost in the mix.  If they find that comforting.

 

 

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Are You Ready for the Cloud? Are You Sure?

Microsoft has come out with a great assessment tool that helps you determine if you are ready for the cloud or is virtualization still the name of the game for you.  It is an 11 question survey that allows you to answer on a sliding scale of IT sophistication.  By putting in a more exact answer in the scale, the output is better customized that most of these type of tools that I have seen previously.  Plus, it doesn’t always tell you that the Microsoft Cloud is the best choice.  Many times it will indicate that on premise solutions could still be the best fit for the client. 

 
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I heard there was a send restriction in place for e-mail. Can you comment on this?

The default outgoing mail size is 10MB.  It can be increased easily to 25MB per mail.  Other limits include 500 recipients per message, or 1,500 recipients per 24-hour period, but distribution groups are counted as a single recipient.

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What Is the Most Noticeable Impact to Our Users?

The most noticeable impact occurs when sending a large file from one user to another in the same office, while they are waiting for it.  This large file needs to traverse out to the Office 365 servers and back.  Now, realistically in most cases we are talking seconds here for this process.  Sometimes you can’t wait – when you need instant speed to collaborate on a document, we typically recommending using Lync and sharing screens for access in real-time.

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What, if any, are the restrictions of Office 365 and Macintosh?

Microsoft Office 365 for enterprises is compatible with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1 or a later version, and Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.9 Update or a later version. If you use Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.9 Update or a later version, you must also install Microsoft Entourage 2008 for Mac, Web Services Edition.

http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/office365-enterprises/hh180727.aspx

    • - Manage messages, tasks, contacts, and calendars by using Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011, Entourage 2008, Web Services Edition, or Microsoft Outlook Web App.
    • - Open, edit, save, and co-author documents that are located on a Microsoft SharePoint site by using Office for Mac 2011 and Microsoft Document Connection.
    • - Open, edit, and save documents that are located on a SharePoint site by using Office 2008 for Mac and Document Connection.


- Participate in online meetings by using the Microsoft Lync Web App.

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