Microsoft beefs up 365 security and compliance with more advanced offerings

Microsoft is certainly not letting up just because it is the start of the year. The company is launching two new offerings for its enterprise-focused Microsoft 365 suite around increasing security and compliance.

The solutions, around identity and threat protection and information protection and compliance respectively, aim to tie up a few more of the disparate areas within the Microsoft enterprise portfolio. Identity and threat protection, which will be priced at $12 per user per month, is a revamp of previous offerings for advanced threat protection, while the information protection and compliance aspect, for $10 per user per month, looks towards combining Office 365 Advance Compliance and Azure Information Protection.

“A big driver of customer adoption of Microsoft 365 is the need for security and compliance solutions in an age of increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity threats, as well as complex information protection needs due to regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation,” wrote Ron Markezich, corporate vice president for Microsoft 365 in a blog post announcing the news.

The move to bundle Office and Windows together into one enterprise-flavoured suite came about last year – with the rebrand of EMS, from Enterprise Mobility Suite, to Enterprise Mobility + Security, coming about as far back as 2016. Yet as this publication noted last year, organisations may still not have the right end of the stick when it comes to the revamp.

According to the senior Microsoft instructor at IT and project management training provider Firebrand Training, many companies still confuse Microsoft 365 with Office 365, as technical writer Alex Bennett explained. “Widespread adoption of its Office, server and cloud offerings give Microsoft the ability to manage everything within a business – from personal data to security policies,” Bennett wrote. “No competitor can do this, and it sets Microsoft’s enterprise service apart from the crowd.”

The new products will be made available for purchase on February 1. You can find out more here.

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