Microsoft Office 365 is one of the most widely-used Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms in the world, currently used by over one million companies globally. However, despite its convenience, it also introduces new security risks that organizations must consider and manage as part of their cybersecurity risk management strategies.
Office 365 provides a variety of communications and collaboration tools, including:
The appeal of platforms like Office 365 is that they offer an all-in-one solution for corporate data storage, communication, and collaboration. These solutions were growing in popularity for years before the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shift to widespread remote work made them essential for many organizations.
When considering the risks associated with Office 365, email security is a vital consideration. However, email is not the only attack vector within the Office 365 product suite. Some of the most common security risks that Office 365 users encounter include:
Protecting against the cybersecurity risks of Office 365 requires a multi-pronged approach. Some security best practices to help reduce Office 365 security risks include:
Office 365 is a major asset for many organizations, especially when remote work makes the ability to communicate and collaborate online more important than ever. However, Office 365 also creates a number of potential attack vectors as cybercriminals abuse these same features.
Protecting against the cybersecurity risks associated with Office 365 requires a multi-layered security solution. At the network level, an organization should implement solutions for inspecting emails and other shared content for malware and phishing content, attempted data exfiltration and other threats. However, it is possible that some attacks may slip past these network-level defenses. This makes a comprehensive solution that secures users, devices, and access necessary to ensure that all potential attack vectors are closed and that an attack can be detected and remediated at any stage of its lifecycle.
Check Point Harmony Email and Office provides a cloud-based security solution to help close the attack vectors associated with Microsoft Office 365. To learn more about its capabilities and how it can help to protect your remote workforce, you’re welcome to schedule a free demo.