Worried about who can access Office 365 data in the cloud?

The single biggest impediment that we see to clients accepting Office 365 is “Who has access to our data?” Well, with Office 365, the answer just became much simpler – you or those you approve.

According to Vijay Kumar, senior product marketing manager, and Raji Dani, principal program manager for the Office 365 Security team: “Microsoft Engineers do not have standing access to any service operation. All access is obtained through a rigorous access control technology called Lockbox. Today, Lockbox enforces access control through multiple levels of approval within Microsoft, providing just-in-time access with limited and time-bound authorization. In addition, all access control activities in the service are logged and audited.”

In a recent announcement, Microsoft outlined Customer Lockbox for Office 365 and the protection it provides Office 365 users. Rajesh Jha, corporate vice president for the Office 365 team stated: …”Customer Lockbox for Office 365, provides unprecedented customer control over content residing in Office 365, so customers can be assured that their content will not be accessed by Microsoft employees without their explicit approval. It brings customers into the access approval loop, requiring the customer to provide explicit approval of access to their content by a Microsoft employee for service operations.”

Specifically, use of Lockbox for Office 365 will give you the ability to accept or reject a request from Microsoft to access your Office 365 data. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Need additional information on how Office 365 is secured and how migrating to Office 365 can help your business? Contact The Atteberry Group a call at 213.393.5060 or email us at info@atteberrygroup.com

Material for this post taken from http://blogs.office.com/2015/04/21/announcing-customer-lockbox-for-office-365/ and http://blogs.office.com/2015/04/21/enhancing-transparency-and-control-for-office-365-customers/

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With over 20 years of IT experience ranging from internal IT for mid-sized firms, to 10 years of consulting for large accounting and consulting firms, I have worked in hundreds of environments. What I realized is that I enjoy supporting small and mid-sized firms who can’t afford full time IT support at the level they really need. At The Atteberry Group, we will put our experience to work for you at a price that your organization can afford. There are many ways to do IT, but we have seen that the best way makes your business more efficient and does not increase your costs. Give us a call at 213.393.5060 and let us help make IT an asset and not a liability for your company.

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