Today Microsoft 365 is already the preferred productivity platform for many companies and its popularity is continuing to grow. In February 2023, Microsoft reported that it has nearly 400 million paid licenses for Microsoft 365. Additionally, Microsoft Teams now has more than 280 million active monthly users.
These results are impressive, both in terms of recent growth and total user adoption. When you think about how these applications are being used, it’s easy to see that they’re contributing to extremely high volumes of data that companies need to protect in order to safeguard information, ensure business continuity, and maintain compliance with stringent industry regulations.
Yet many businesses continue to operate under the misconception that Microsoft provides complete data protection for its applications and related data. It’s easy to see why they may think this: Microsoft ensures high availability of its Microsoft 365 applications and overall infrastructure resilience. However, Microsoft does not take responsibility for protecting customers’ data, especially for cases related to accidental deletions, external or internal security threats, or other possible issues.
In fact, the opposite is true. In its services agreement, Microsoft acknowledges its stance on data protection and even goes so far as to recommend that businesses use third-party solutions to back up content and data:
“We strive to keep the Services up and running; however, all online services suffer occasional disruptions and outages, and Microsoft is not liable for any disruption or loss you may suffer as a result. In the event of an outage, you may not be able to retrieve Your Content or Data that you’ve stored. We recommend that you regularly backup Your Content and Data that you store on the Services or store using Third-Party Apps and Services.”
But if companies are not aware of this, they face the reality that emails, attachments, shared files and so much other information stored in Microsoft 365 are not protected from the most common and serious data loss issues. As a result, the use of Microsoft 365 may represent a major protection gap and can become an unpleasant surprise for businesses that thought Microsoft could help restore lost, destroyed or damaged Microsoft 365 data.
Protect your Microsoft 365 data with Acronis Cyber Protect
Now there’s a better option: Acronis Cyber Protect. This solution protects companies’ Microsoft 365 data with direct, agentless backup from most Microsoft data centers to the Acronis Cloud, a global network of data centers secured via a comprehensive information security and compliance program that includes administrative, physical and technical controls based on ongoing risk assessment.
With Acronis Cyber Protect, companies gain a better way to control their Microsoft 365 data and keep their business running with an easy-to-use, efficient, and secure cloud-to-cloud backup solution in place. Since the backup runs in our secure Acronis Cloud instead of on-premises, the entire process is extremely easy to configure and maintain.
With fast M365 backups, reliable point-in-time recovery, flexible restore and cloud storage options, as well as quick-search functionality, any business can make sure their Microsoft 365 data is backed up and recoverable. Acronis Cyber Protect also offers the following features and capabilities to make Microsoft 365 data protection easy, efficient, and extremely effective:
· Intuitive user interface: Users can administer the solution and perform backup tasks using a user-friendly, modern interface. This helps reduce costs and the amount of time once spent learning and implementing the solution.
· Automatic protection for new Microsoft 365 items: Businesses can reduce headaches by streamlining backup management for Microsoft 365. New users, groups, and sites are automatically protected.
· Quick backup search: Now users can find a file needed in seconds. Enhanced search for mailboxes allows them to search by email subject, recipient, sender, and date. In addition, they can search with word forms or partial information and can also search Teams, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online by site item and file name.
· Powerful status monitoring: Businesses can achieve higher levels of transparency and security thanks to advanced reporting capabilities and backup-status monitoring, including widgets, notifications, and alerts for critical events.
· MFA (multifactor authentication) support: Security teams can add an additional layer of security, like authentication via a trusted device or fingerprint.
· Multilevel encryption: Users can improve Microsoft 365 data protection with additional security. At-source, enterprise-grade AES-256 encryption protects backups with irreversibly encrypted passwords.
A better way to protect Microsoft 365 data
For those businesses that rely on Microsoft 365, they need to complement Microsoft’s data protection with Acronis Cyber Protect, the most reliable and easy-to-use backup for businesses of all sizes.
To learn more about Acronis Cyber Protect and see how it can greatly improve, simplify and reduce the cost of protecting Microsoft 365 data, start a complimentary 30-day trial now.
Acronis is a Swiss company, founded in Singapore. Celebrating two decades of innovation, Acronis has more than 2,000 employees in 45 locations. Acronis Cyber Protect solution is available in 26 languages in over 150 countries and is used by 18,000 service providers to protect over 750,000 businesses.