If you ride a motorcycle, you protect yourself by wearing protective gear. Generally, you store valuables in a safe. Most people agree that protecting valuable assets is a good idea.

How about your information that resides in the cloud, specifically, Office 365 data? Do you think you should protect that data?

The Obvious answer to that question is yes. Microsoft is great at providing superior productivity tools and ensuring data availability using replication technologies. However, Microsoft recommends implementing a third-party data protection solution to its customers that are using Office 365.1

So, while data in Office 365 is replicated for data availability, a true backup and recovery service is simply not provided by Microsoft.2  That means if a single node is compromised, all replica data is at risk. It means your SaaS is not covered!

As the graphic below indicates, a recent Gartner survey shows almost half of Office 365 customers are unaware that their data is not backed up or recoverable. More specifically, 49 percent of Office 365 customers believe Microsoft is protecting their data.3 The reality is, data is not natively protected by Microsoft and half of Office 365 customers are not practising safe SaaS.


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Just because data is stored in the cloud, be it in Office 365 or another service, does not mean it is exempted from compliance regulations, so be sure you have considered this when data moves or resides in other facilities. Our 365 Backup Solution stores its data locally in Australian Data Centres and all data is encrypted at rest.

1 Microsoft, Microsoft’s Shared Responsibilities for Cloud Computing
2 Osterman Research, Filling the Gaps in Office 365, November 2017
3 Gartner, Use Third-Party Solutions to Fill Backup and Data Recovery Gaps in Office 365, December 2017

As companies increasingly move data into cloud-based applications, many think traditional best practices such as data backup are outdated. After all, a SaaS application is always available, accessible from anywhere, and highly redundant, so why is backup necessary?

An astonishing 1 in 3 companies reports losing data stored in cloud-based applications. That means the permanent deletion of potentially hundreds of work hours.

An independent backup separated from the app itself is necessary to avoid these most common data loss pitfalls such as:
• Accidental deletion or data overwrites
• Malicious end-user activity, ie Email deletion before moving roles
• Lost data due to deprovisioned O365 licenses
• Ransomware attacks
• External app errors (data corruption via syncing or overwriting)

Contact us today to discuss your 365 Backup requirements.
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