Organizational Security & Compliance Practices in Office 365

Security and Compliance Matters

The number one area of concern identified by customers as they began planning for their move to the cloud is security and compliance. Cloud security and compliance is an increasingly important topic for all industries as increasing cost efficiencies drive organizations towards the cloud. “End-user spending for the information security market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8.5% from 2017 through 2022 to reach $170 billion in constant currency.”

Looking at the Office 365 platform, with the core workloads of Exchange, SharePoint, OneDrive, and Skype, organizations have decades of on-premises history with robust and mature security, compliance and governance capabilities within the standalone offerings. Customers around the world have relied on the on-premises versions of Exchange, SharePoint, OneDrive, and Skype, and are now deciding whether to adopt them as online services via the Office 365 platform. While the Office 365 platform inherits many of the robust and mature capabilities of its on-premises standalone predecessors, customers need to include a review their security, governance and compliance requirements as they migrate to Office 365 to ensure that requirements are being met and any gaps are being managed.

This research focuses on how organizations have evolved (or not evolved) in their governance planning and activities as they move from on-premises environments to the cloud (primarily to Office 365), and seeks to provide CIOs, IT management, and security and compliance officers with a better understanding of the impacts of not evolving.

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Organizational Security & Compliance Practices in Office 365