Government backs Office 365 cloud move after Microsoft guidance

The Government is encouraging more organisations in the public sector to move their email to the public cloud following new guidance on the use of Office 365.

The move would make it easier for public sector workers so much as nurses, police officers and social workers to communicate and collaborate more easily with colleagues as they won’t need to trust entirely on the Government’s Public employment Network.

Switching email, documents and spreadsheets to the cloud would besides be more secure and save the Government money as it moves away from the internal computer network service that galore environment of the public sector presently use.

To help with the change, Microsoft has published guidance explaining how Office 365 – which includes programs so much as Teams, Outlook, Word and stand out – meets the National Cyber Security Centre’s “14 Cloud Security Principles”, which was discharged in 2016.

Michael Wignall, Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft UK, said: “This documentation provides a thoughtful and elaborate outline of how to secure your Office 365 tenant in line with the Government’s security principles and offers practical guidance to ensure users stay safe right now, and helps support organisations compliance efforts with GDPR.”

Microsoft has disclosed two documents – one particularization how Office 365 maps to each of the cloud security principles and why specific security controls are recommended; the other offering bit-by-bit guidance on how the features and capabilities in Office 365 can be used to ensure that a common bar can be achieved for their Office 365 tenant.

A interpreter from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said: “This guidance has been developed through the shared expertness and boffo collaboration between the NCSC, Microsoft and the Government Digital Service. The proposal aims to help private and public sector colleagues check and improve the security stance of their Office 365 deployments.”

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Microsoft has published guidance explaining how Office 365 meets the National Cyber Security Centre’s ’14 Cloud Security Principles’

The Government’s latest move comes after the NCSC discharged guidance on the public sector’s use of Windows 10 and Microsoft InTune, which allows management of mobile inclination in an organisation.

The document’s recommendations include work into computers exploitation Windows hullo and change Windows 10 regularly, as well as advising on inclination and applications.

Microsoft is one of the world leadership in cloud computing, with more Azure regions than any other cloud provider. Around 95% of the largest 500 companies in the US use Azure, which boasts more than 70 compliance offerings and over 100 services.

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