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New Security Features Added to SharePoint and OneDrive

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OneDrive and SharePoint get updates that cater to cloud and hybrid installations.

In today’s technologically driven marketplace, it’s critical that businesses of all sizes focus on building the most secure infrastructure solutions regardless of whether they’re located on-premises or in the cloud. Microsoft has decades of experience building and securing enterprise-level software, so it’s no surprise that a variety of new features are being rolled out to SharePoint and OneDrive for Business focused on security and compliance.

Device-based and location-conditional access policies

Collaboration in the workplace looks much different today than just a few years ago. Today, collaboration is achieved across a variety of devices both in the office as well as on the road. This proliferation of new devices creates new security challenges for platforms like OneDrive and SharePoint.

Microsoft has recently introduced a set of new location-based policies that offer full contextual controls at the location, user, device, and app levels.

These device-based policies allow you to control or block access with device enrollment, Multi-Factor Authentication, or a forced password change.

Updates to Office 365 Security and Compliance Center

In the past, IT administrators were forced to manage data loss prevention for Exchange, and OneDrive for Business and SharePoint in two different locations, the Exchange Admin Center and the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center, respectively. As of early 2017, data loss prevention has been centralized for all these tools in the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center. This unified platform allows you to manage a variety of security policies using one GUI, which should help to save time and resources.

New hybrid scenarios available with Office 365

The cloud is no longer something for large, blue-chip companies – it’s a way of life for most organizations regardless of size. Office 365 offers a way to bring the cloud to you, on your own terms. While some organizations may be ready to migrate fully to a cloud-based solution like Office 365, other organizations require a hybrid approach.

Recently Microsoft has released two new hybrid scenarios – hybrid taxonomy and hybrid auditing.

Hybrid taxonomy is important to allow your team members to have access to the right information whenever they need it. With hybrid taxonomy in SharePoint Server 2013 & 2016, users can use their taxonomy store in Office 365, which will offer a single point for managing Terms & Term Sets as well as Groups through one interface.

Hybrid auditing is simply a reporting tool used to help IT administrators manage their SharePoint instances through various dashboards and reports in Office 365. If you use this service, logs will be collected and automatically uploaded to Office 365 in regular intervals.

Still have security questions about SharePoint or OneDrive?

We applaud Microsoft for continuing to take such a strong stance when it comes to security for both their on-premises and cloud-based services. If you’d like to learn more about Office 365 security, or whether a hybrid solution may be best for you, reach out to our team today at 877-788-1617 or with our online contact form.