How a recent Microsoft Exchange Server Vulnerability Illustrated the Benefits of Office 365

In March, Microsoft released several security updates to mitigate risks from Microsoft Exchange Server vulnerabilities. According to Microsoft, these vulnerabilities are being used in targeted attacks and malicious activity including credential dumps, installation of further malware and ransomware, and installation of web shells for future use.

Microsoft recommended that organizations immediately install updates on Exchange Servers that are externally facing. Affected Microsoft Exchange Server versions are:

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2016
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2019

These potentially damaging vulnerabilities have many business leaders asking, “How can I prevent this from impacting my organization in the future?” While there are several answers to that question, one is particularly simple.

Make the switch to Office 365 and Exchange Online.

Office 365 is a business cloud-service subscription plan for Microsoft Office software products. Among the many benefits of Office 365, a key feature is its delivery of secure email for businesses. Microsoft Exchange provides organizations with a hosted email platform accessible through phones, tablets, computers, or the internet. Most importantly, it offers secure email communication thanks to built-in message encryption, ensuring your emails and organization are protected.

Exchange also has anti-malware and anti-spam filtering, data loss prevention capabilities, redundant servers, and disaster recovery options. Even better? Microsoft promises 99.9 percent uptime guarantee with Exchange Online.

In addition to a secure email platform, an Office 365 subscription allows you to download and access applications via the internet, such as Teams, Exchange Online, OneDrive for Business, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access – providing enhanced productivity for you and your teams.

Other key benefits of Office 365

1.      Access to Office 365 Applications

With a subscription, you can count on the applications listed above to always have the latest updates and features, allowing for more uptime and productivity. Office 365 applications also allow users to collaborate in real-time – no matter where they are – and quickly and easily share documents for increased efficiency.

2.      OneDrive Cloud Storage

Each Office 365 user has access to secure OneDrive online storage for their files. Accessible anytime from any device, files stored in OneDrive are easily accessible. This also allows real-time document editing, making collaboration that much simpler.

3.      Advanced Business Communication

No matter where your employees are, Office 365 helps you stay connected with Microsoft Teams. With chat, video conferencing, and phone calls, plus advanced sharing functions – allowing users to meet, create, and collaborate across devices and time zones.

Aureon is a certified partner and provider of Microsoft and has performed hundreds of migrations for organizations just like yours. Office 365 can be a major benefit, and the features listed above are just some of the ways Office 365 could improve security, mobility, and efficiency for your organization.

Are you ready to move forward with enhanced collaboration and security tools for your organization? Click here to learn more! 

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