Protect Your Office 365 Files With Vera For Microsoft – Forbes

Vera (a sponsor of TechSpective) just launched a new service called Vera for Microsoft designed to help customers protect files in Office 365 and give IT and security administrators some peace of mind. That is a significant challenge in an almost ubiquitously connected and mobile world where data can be anywhere and everywhere at the same time. Vera has established itself by enabling organizations to secure, track, and monitor data no matter where it’s stored or shared.

Office 365 has been a huge success for Microsoft and has been adopted by companies of all sizes. Over 85 million people use Office 365 each month. Aside from providing access to the Microsoft Office productivity suite—and all of the applications that contains—Office 365 includes a variety of other perks for storing and managing files like SharePoint and OneDrive for Business. With a rapidly evolving threat landscape, and the frequency of major data breaches, it’s important to make sure all of that data is protected as well.

“As sensitive information moves across on-premises and cloud services, it’s critical to control and monitor how, when, and where files are accessed,” said Duncan Brown, Research Director, European Security Practice at IDC. “With the number of organizations and people affected by data breaches snowballing each year, there is a need for next-generation security platforms to become more mainstream and widely adopted in today’s digital economy.”

Vera for Microsoft promises to automate data security for files stored in OneDrive and SharePoint. According to Vera, the service will ensure that permissions remain associated with files regardless of how they’re shared, and will also enable seamless collaboration with external third-party partners and vendors.

“Companies today need to quickly establish automated and invisible data security practices,” said Prakash Linga, CTO and Co-founder of Vera. “By applying security and permissions to content automatically with Vera’s smart policy engine, we’ve made protecting and tracking sensitive enterprise data simple. User experience is just as critical to enterprise security as strong encryption, especially when accessing information externally. Vera’s new Microsoft integration is our next big step towards making secure collaboration a truly frictionless experience.”

Since its inception, many have falsely assumed that Office 365 means using purely cloud-based versions of the Microsoft Office applications—similar to using Google Apps productivity tools. That has never been the case, though. There are Microsoft Office Online tools that anyone can access, but Office 365 subscribers get the same exact locally-installed desktop software version of Microsoft Office as someone who pays for the productivity suite license directly. With Office 365, however, the cost is spread out as an annual subscription rate rather than a large up front purchase.

The other difference is that buying Microsoft Office just gets you Microsoft Office—and every day that goes by gets you one day closer to owning an obsolete productivity suite. Office 365, on the other hand, gives you access to whatever the most current version of Microsoft Office is, so the upgrade is included in the cost, and comes with a variety of perks and benefits, such as the fact that Microsoft manages and maintains the backend servers—so you sort of get the IT infrastructure and support thrown in for free—and you also get SharePoint and OneDrive for Business.

Using SharePoint or OneDrive for Business does mean storing data in the cloud and/or on remote servers that are not directly controlled or managed by you. That’s why something like Vera for Microsoft makes sense—to help organizations that use Office 365 ensure their data is protected and secure.

A public preview of the Vera for Microsoft integration is currently available to Vera customers, and the new integrations will be made generally available in the beginning of 2017. You can schedule a demo or get more information on Vera’s integration with Office 365, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint, by visiting https://www.vera.com/product/microsoft/.

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