Under lock & key in Microsoft’s Canadian cloud

by Microsoft Microsoft   |   December 28, 2017   |   Share this :  

Not sure where to store your data securely?

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Not sure where to store your data securely? This post discusses how small business owners can protect their organizations from crime with the help of Microsoft cloud services and applications, like Office 365, Dynamics 365, and Azure Cloud services.

With pending new legislation tabled in parliament, small business owners and Canadians can breathe a little easier. The Communications Security Establishment Act (CSE) means real consequences for breaching data security in Canada. It gives authorities the power to prosecute hackers, no matter where they operate.

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Government of Canada: “CSE Act will clarify how we are authorized to operate in cyber space, protecting Canadians at home and abroad from threats to our security, stability, and economic prosperity.”

Good news for everyone

The CSE Act will help safeguard the privacy and online security of Canadians, which benefits everyone, including small businesses. Of course, defining the rules of engagement online is no easy task. Without clear policies, the courts wouldn’t have the power to prosecute offenders.

In 2016, 13 percent of Canadian small businesses (under $9 M revenue) reported a cyberattack. Servers get hacked the most, followed by the network, a user device, and a point-of-sale terminal. And, every time, the business owners foot the bill.*

Your responsibility

Even the best legislation in the world won’t stop cyberattacks. You still need to report breaches and take steps to help safeguard your interests. Prevention and education about cyberattacks—like what to look for and what to avoid—always helps.

Get over the cloud hurdle

Forget about securing data in-house. Few, if any, businesses can afford to pay for their own physical security, let alone hire and train the security personnel to avoid breaches. The cloud represents your best bet to avoid being hacked while still enabling access to key systems to your staff.

Benefits of the cloud

  • State-of-the-Art Security led by the security experts
  • Automated backup and data recovery
  • Secure access to data, files and apps from anywhere
  • Helps enable adherence to compliance standards
  • Predictable cost management

Enabling compliance

A global leader in compliance, the Microsoft Cloud has the broadest portfolio of certifications in the industry. Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365 have received ISO 27001 certification. All three have been audited under the SSAE 16/ISAE 3402 SOC 1 and SOC 2 standards.

ISO/IEC 27018

Plus, Microsoft is the first cloud service provider to adopt ISO/IEC 27018, the uniform international code of practice for cloud privacy and data protection. These guidelines govern the protection of personally identifiable information.

Canadian cloud data residency

A lot of the cloud providers promise to host data in Canada, but can they deliver? In 2016, Microsoft opened two state-of-the-art datacentres in Ontario and Quebec. These datacentres enable data residency for Canadian customers.

Did you know? Microsoft offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee when they host data and applications in their cloud. Safely snug in Microsoft’s Canadian cloud, your data, files, and apps benefit from 24/7/365 security monitoring and disaster recovery measures.

For all shapes and sizes

The cloud levels the playing field for small and medium-sized organizations. It provides enterprise-strength solutions and security, at small business prices. You can open up a world of cost-effective and innovative solutions.

Hiring a few employees? Congrats! Scaling is a lot easier with cloud services. Pay-as-you-go subscriptions allow you to only pay for what your organization consumes.

Office apps

Modernize how you work with Office 365 and never worry about updates again. You and your team can always use the latest version of the gold standard of productivity applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, etc.

Office services

Office 365 accounts include a OneDrive account, your own cloud storage, and access to productivity-enhancing services likes business-class email (Exchange Online), video conferencing (Skype for Business, Teams, and SharePoint.

Dynamics 365

Accelerate your digital transformation with Dynamics 365. This modern breed of intelligent business apps breaks down the silos between your CRM and ERP systems and helps unlock opportunities.

Azure cloud services

Azure cloud services enable developers and IT pros to design, build, deploy, and manage apps through Microsoft’s global network of datacentres. With the help of integrated tools, DevOps, and a marketplace, you can build anything from simple mobile apps to Internet-scale solutions—quickly!

*The State of SMB Cybersecurity in Canada 2016, a survey report by ESET and Ipsos, published October 2016.

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