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Today’s increasingly mobile enterprise has resulted in a loss of data control. Data on laptops and smart phones as well as within multiple cloud applications translates to increased risk of company data loss and the inability to track, hold or monitor data for regulatory compliance and legal obligations.

However Druva, with its new Microsoft Office 365 integration, offers a unique, centralised conduit for managing this dispersed data that allows enterprises to adhere to their data availability and corporate governance policies.

Druva’s integration with Office 365 includes the following features/capabilities:

*  Merges data sources and activity feeds to provide a holistic view of end-user data and audit trails across devices and Office 365
*  Allows companies to place legal holds on a broad range of data, reducing the amount of time that IT personnel spend manually collecting and managing data
*  Provides federated search across endpoint and Office 365 data, identifying files, users, devices, and storage locations of any file for compliance and legal needs, such as legal holds
*  Delivers a consolidated view of both endpoint and cloud-based data to help with regulations (HIPAA, SOX) and company policies

This is the industry’s first solution to combine user data across laptops, mobile and cloud applications enables enterprises to non-intrusively follow users’ data wherever it resides, rather than be tied to a solitary device.

Druva, starting with its Office 365 integration, is opening its data collection capabilities to a wider set of cloud data sources. By extending its top-rated and proven endpoint model to the cloud, enterprises achieve centralised management and control over their users’ data, ensuring both end-user productivity and corporate governance needs are met wherever the data is located.

Combining these new data sources with Druva’s established capabilities for data availability – backup, restore, archival and share – and governance – compliance, search and audit and legal holds/eDiscovery – within a single platform streamlines IT management processes while reducing overall corporate data risks. For example, an organisation with a litigation matter can place a legal hold on multiple sources of end-user data and manage the process centrally.

Druva’s unique approach gives organisations the ability to follow users’ data rather than the device on which it resides, allowing a holistic way to ensure data availability and governance.

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    Selective Wipe introduced to Office 365 Plus

    We are pleased to announce the new Mobile Device Management (MDM) features for Office 365 Plus, including the ability to selectively wipe mobile devices.

    Selective wipe of mobile units allows an administrator to revoke access to and delete corporate email that has been synced to a device, as well as specific data associated with Office 365 apps on the device, while retaining any unassociated personal data.

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    Selective wipe will work across a diverse range of phones and tablets, including iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices and is included at no additional cost for all AppRiver Office 365 Plus plans.  The addition of the selective wipe capability and MDM features listed below to the already robust Office 365 Plus arsenal ensures that your Office 365 experience remains easy, effective and affordable.

    Office 365 MDM Compliance Features Chart

    Mobile Device Management options include:

    * Selective wipe – Ability to perform either a full remote wipe of a corporate smartphone or tablet or a selective wipe of Office 365 company data from an employee’s device while leaving any personal data in place.

    * Conditional access – Set up security policies to ensure that Office 365 corporate email and documents can be accessed only on phones and tablets that are managed by your company and that are compliant with your IT policies.

    * Device management – Set and manage security policies, such as device-level pin lock and jailbreak or root detection, to help prevent unauthorised users from accessing corporate email and data on a lost or stolen device.

    MDM options introduced to  Office 365 Plus from Infosec Cloud

    Cloud-based management for devices that run on iOS (iPhone, iPad), Android and Windows Phone will be supported and the roll out for these capabilities will be completed in 4-6 weeks. All features will be included with all Infosec Cloud Office 365 Plus and bundle licenses.


    Frequently asked questions

    Q. Where can I find these capabilities?

    A. Log in to your Office 365 admin portal, go to the Compliance Center and select the Devices tab on the left side.

    Q. How can I get additional protection capabilities, such as extra layers of Email Security or Encryption?

    A. Organisations that need protection beyond what’s included in Office 365 can add additional layers of security and privacy such as email encryption and large file transfer. Please contact us at Infosec Cloud ([email protected]) for more information.

    Q. Which applications are supported by MDM for Office 365?

    A. The complete list of supported applications can be found on TechNet.

    Q. What about Windows devices?

    A. ActiveSync support for device policy, conditional access and selective wipe for Windows Phone and tablets is currently available. Windows Phone Office apps will include similar capabilities in the near future.

    Administer Office 365 on the go with updated Admin app

    Guest post: Lawrence Chiu, senior product marketing manager on the Microsoft Office 365 team.

    Administer Office 365 on the go with the updated Office 365 admin app, which now enables you to complete common admin tasks when you are away from your computer. This could be resetting your CEO’s password, adding a new hire or deleting a user who suddenly has left the company.

    In addition, to help you stay in better touch with us, we added the Message Center—a central location for Office 365 service communications.

    This short video highlights some of the new capabilities:

    Please click here to read the full post.

    Looking for Office 365 best UK prices with free migration? Visit our Office 365 Plus webpage for details >>

     

     

    Office 365 vs Google Apps

    Guest Post: Barry Collins, Cloud Pro.

    Microsoft and Google’s productivity suites go head-to-head.

    The choice of productivity suite is a critical decision for ITDMs because these are apps used by employees for core office work on a daily basis.

    There are two titans of the tech industry vying for your business: Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google Apps for Work. These two companies have different philosophies for their productivity suites. Microsoft combines traditional desktop Office applications with browser-based versions of software such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as offering a host of other services to Office 365 subscribers; Google Apps is almost a pure online play, offering the vast majority of its services via the web browser or net-connected apps.

    The article examines the features and functionality of the apps in both packages, allowing your business to make an informed decision about which best meets your requirements.

    The full article reviews:

    *  Email/Calendar
    *  Word processing
    *  Spreadsheets
    *  Presentations
    *  Other apps and services
    *  Pricing

    CLICK HERE to read the full article >>

    Verdict

    If the above review all seems fairly damning of Google Apps for Work, that wasn’t our intention. We know of plenty of businesses that operate on Google Apps and have done for some years. The online suite is not as powerful as Microsoft Office on the desktop, but then many businesses only ever used a tiny fraction of Office’s features anyway. Google Apps is a low-maintenance, lightweight productivity suite that requires companies to pay barely any thought to issues such as installation, maintenance and backup, a combination that will appeal to many.

    Yet, for business that want an online-only suite, the similarly priced Office 365 Business Essentials must also come into the reckoning. Microsoft’s web apps have improved enormously in recent years and, in our tests, performance was better when dealing with large Word and Excel files. Its collaboration features might not be as strong as Google’s, but we suspect few businesses often require employees to be working on documents simultaneously.

    Neither Google’s nor Microsoft’s own online apps come close to touching the power of Office 2013. It may not be that everyone in the company needs the full power of the desktop apps, and businesses could make a significant saving by migrating staff with limited needs to the online apps (especially in a hot-desking environment), but staff who spend significant time dealing with large documents, complex spreadsheets or delivering presentations will still find the full-blown apps more of a necessity than a luxury.

    We feel most businesses will be best served by the combination of desktop software and online services that the more expensive Office 365 subscriptions offer.

    Whichever path you choose, both offer 30-day trials to businesses, and we suggest that you at least participate in a trial deployment to check whether your chosen provider meets your company’s needs.

    For the best UK prices for Office 365 – with free migration and ongoing support – CLICK HERE >>

     

    Office 365: Public Folders, Shared & Site Mailboxes

    Guest blog: Jordi Vilanova, AppRiver.

    A common challenge that we encounter when migrating customers to AppRiver Secure Hosted Exchange and Office 365 is explaining the differences between public folders and shared mailboxes as well as when to use each one.

    If that wasn’t enough confusion site mailboxes were recently introduced to combine SharePoint’s resource sharing features with emails and conversations processed by Exchange.

    So we are going to use this post to explain in a simple manner the differences between each option and when each can best be used to meet each requirement.

    Public Folders:

    Public folders are designed for shared access and provide an easy and effective way to collect, organize, and share information with other people in your workgroup or organization. Public folders can also be used as an archiving method for distribution groups. When you mail-enable a public folder and add it as a member of the distribution group, email sent to the group is automatically added to the public folder for later reference. Main features are:

    *  Public folders are stored in Exchange.
    *  Public folders work well for enterprises with older versions of Office still deployed as well as brand new deployments.
    *  Documents stored in Exchange don’t have the benefits of SharePoint document libraries (e.g. workflows, version control, metadata, etc.) and aren’t visible within SharePoint.

    A common option used with public folders is to set an email account that will rout all incoming traffic to a public folder for a shared access.
    Note: Office 365 has increased the limit on the number of public folders available to 250,000 folders.

    Shared Mailboxes:

    Shared mailboxes make it easy for a specific group of people to monitor and send email from a common account, usually used on generic email addresses such as [email protected] or [email protected] When a person in the group replies to a message sent to the shared mailbox, the email appears to be from the shared mailbox, not from the individual user.

    Shared mailboxes are a great way to handle customer email queries because several people in your organization can share the responsibility of monitoring the mailbox and responding to queries. Your customer queries get quicker answers, and related emails are all stored in one mailbox. Main features are:

    *  Shared mailboxes provide a generic email address that can be used to send emails to a team.
    *  Access to shared mailboxes is set under Exchange permissions.
    *  Allows multiple users within an organization to monitor and reply to an email.
    *  Reply email address is the shared mailbox address.

    Site Mailboxes:

    A site mailbox can be used from a SharePoint team site to store and organize team email. It can also be used from Outlook 2013 (included with Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus) for team email, and as a way to quickly store attachments and retrieve documents from the team site.

    Main features are:

    *  Emails are stored in Exchange.
    *  Site mailbox is an app that you add to your SharePoint site.
    *  Invoking the site mailbox is done by cc’ing the email address of the site mailbox.
    *  You can add folders from your site mailbox to your outlook favorites so that it is directly visible in Outlook.
    *  When viewing a site mailbox from outlook, both email and documents are visible.
    *  You can add documents by attaching them to an email message.
    *  Security is driven by SharePoint team site permissions.
    *  Integrates with Outlook and can be also accessed through the Office 365 web app.

    Note: It’s important to pick the right naming since once you have created a site mailbox, you can’t change its email address.

    So in short, all three are information sharing tools.

    Public folders work great as a department archive of emails that everyone can retrieve at any time, shared mailboxes would be for monitoring incoming email to a generic address and allowing several employees to handle requests and site mailboxes would be the SharePoint friendly option.

    See why you should buy Office 365 from Infosec Cloud >>

    Office 365 – best UK pricing and new features

    As the new year begins, we’d like to share with you the many new features and improvements that are coming in 2015, all of which which will make Office 365 even better.

    Plus we’re now offering 13 months for the price of 12 on all our Office 365 UK business plans.
    Click here for details

    Here’s a round-up of some key Office 365 news items from the last couple of weeks:

    Office 365 & SharePoint Online Just Became Irresistible — Learn how Office 365 continues to improve.

    Office 365 in the real world — Learn how Office 365 offers a cost-effective solution to the everyday real-world problems faced by busy professionals on the go.

    Microsoft adds new collaboration tool to Office 365 – See how to organize content for easier access and sharing

    Microsoft Jumped 27% in 2014—Here’s Why — Find out how Office 365 helped increase the value of Microsoft stock in 2014.

    Jumbo adopts Microsoft’s cloud with Office 365 — Discover why Dubai-based Jumbo Electronics improved communication and collaboration among employees and reduced costs with Office 365.

    Yammer Comes to Microsoft Office 365 Kiosk — Find out why Microsoft added Yammer to every Office 365 for business plan, and how that can improve communication and collaboration for users.

    And don’t forget to check out the lowest UK prices for Office 365 business plans – click here for details

    Why Office 365 is the best choice for collaboration

    Guest post: Arushi Agrawal, Microsoft.

    The rise of mobile technology and cloud computing has transformed the way we work, making collaboration not only easier, but also essential for the success of every organization. There are now more mobile devices than people worldwide, according to a report by Cisco, and work increasingly occurs outside of offices—in homes, hotels, airports, coffee shops, and other temporary spaces. As a result, the trend toward greater mobility, and the need for more efficient collaboration across the web and across devices, is accelerating every year.

    The IBM Global CIO Study, found that 49 percent of an individuals’ work is the result of “network contribution” by fellow employees and partners. Yet 80 percent of employees are ineffective at collaboration, according to a CEB survey. That’s why it is so important for organizations to have the tools they need to collaborate effectively.

    Microsoft offers the most complete set of productivity services currently available, which spans messaging, conferencing and telephony, social collaboration, content management and compliance, big data analysis and visualization.

    Collaborate seamlessly in real time

    Office 365 is built for collaboration. Office 365 offers the ability to get the optimal experience regardless of your location or device by delivering improved productivity with low training costs.

    Today, more than 1 billion users choose Office, Skype, Yammer and OneDrive every day to communicate, collaborate and get work done.

    Office 365 helps organizations improve collaboration by transforming the corporate intranet into a social network that cuts through hierarchies to improve executive-employee connections and eliminate barriers created by physical distance, time zones and workers using multiple devices.

    Read the full post >>

    Click here to see why Infosec Cloud is the no. 1 choice for Office 365 in the UK >>

     

    Configure Mobile Devices for Office 365

    Want to see how configuring mobile devices for Office 365 extends your Office experience and helps you to stay productive?

    Watch this Microsoft demonstration and learn to set up mobile devices for Office 365.

    Examine the devices and Office apps supported in Office 365, and see how to get Office apps for mobile phones. Review how to maintain administrative features, plus how to use Microsoft Intune to allow applications and updates to be distributed centrally across all popular platforms.

    Click here to go to the Microsoft Academy to watch the demonstration.

    Looking to buy Office 365? Choose Infosec Cloud for lowest UK prices, free migration, ongoing technical support – click here for details

    AppRiver ramps up in Europe to meet growing market demand

    AppRiver Press Release.

    Company increases channel momentum, attracts top-tier resellers.

    AppRiver has experienced tremendous channel growth since the start of 2014, highlighted by several new distribution partnerships in Europe, a strong partner enablement program and 900 new partners worldwide, bringing the total number of active partners to more than 2,700.

    With its focus on key European markets, AppRiver expects to significantly grow regional revenues through both direct and channel sales. With EMEA revenues up 120% and seat activations up 362% since January, the company will continue its focus on expanding channel networks across the region.

    “Demand for IT solutions is on the rise,” said AppRiver EMEA Channel Director, Jim Tyer. “Evolving technology trends such as cloud computing, BYOD and sophisticated advanced persistent threats (APTs) directed toward businesses have created a surging worldwide demand for solutions to combat these dangerous emerging threats.”

    According to a September 2014 Gartner Research report1, the global tech market will grow by 2.1% in 2014 and reach nearly $3.7 trillion. Consumers in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) account for roughly 22% of those purchases, making it one of the largest markets in the world for IT spending. Looking ahead, Gartner forecasts that 2015 will be an even better year for IT vendors, with companies spending $3.9 trillion.

    To drive the company’s expansion efforts, AppRiver recently rolled out a partner program in Germany. Like its European neighbors, German-based partners can now increase monthly revenue, expand their service offerings and grow their cloud business through AppRiver’s partner program.

    “The moment you sign up to resell AppRiver’s IT security solutions, it’s obvious the company is committed to your success,” said Timur Kesebir of Helpdeskplus IT-services in Unterschleißheim, Germany. “Partner tools, certifications, co-branding and 24/7 support is available. But, the bottom line is that AppRiver’s cloud-based solutions serve a growing client need, stimulate new business opportunities and increase profitability.”

    As new cyber threats and security requirements emerge, customers throughout Europe are looking to their solution providers for guidance on how to best protect their systems. For that reason, the company designed partner programs to help resellers quickly and easily capitalize on their position as a trusted advisor for their clients.

    “We joined the AppRiver partner program to widen our portfolio of cloud-based services,” said Pete Sherwood, MD at Infosec Cloud. “We’re finding that demand in the UK for cloud-based services, in particular Office 365, is growing steadily as customers look for ways to increase business productivity and flexibility, while reducing costs. Our partnership with AppRiver is helping us to identify new business opportunities and enables Infosec Cloud to provide customers with superior service levels.”

    In addition to offering more and more attractive options for partners, AppRiver’s cloud-based services also have broad appeal among resold customers. For example, the company allows users to try its services free for 30 days, cancel without penalty and access its award-winning Phenomenal Care™ at no cost. Customers can also pay for their services on a month-to-month basis with no long-term contracts that saddle them with legacy technology.

    To learn more about AppRiver’s suite of services, please visit www.appriver.com

    Key services: 
    Office 365 Business Plans: www.infosec-cloud.com/office-365-plus/
    Cloud-based email security: www.infosec-cloud.com/cloud-services/email-security/

    Druva Webinar: Cloud Backup and Archiving

    If you missed the recent Druva webinar on Druva’s latest product Phoenix, a solution that offers radically simple cloud backup and archiving for servers – you can download the recording now to catch up: http://bit.ly/1v9enEG

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    If you would like more detail on the Phoenix solution or Druva, please email s[email protected], call 01256 379970 or see our Druva Phoenix webpage: http://www.infosec-cloud.com/druva-phoenix/