Well, probably. If you’re on one of the following plans, then skip this article:
Microsoft 365 E5
Microsoft 365 E3 plus Identity Threat Protection
Microsoft 365 Business plus Azure AD P2
But if you’re like most organizations that we speak to, then you’re running a mix of Windows 7, Windows 10 Pro, Office Home & Business, Office 365 Business Premium, or even Office 365 E3 / E5.
So why are you on the wrong Microsoft License? Because none of the products that I just mentioned include Microsoft’s cloud security stack. Do you access your email on your cell phone? You can’t sandbox that data without Intune. And if you’re using a third-party MDM, you’re missing out on the benefits of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph.
If you have fewer than 300 users and are currently licensed for Office 365 E3 only, you need to switch to Microsoft 365 Business right now. Both SKUs are the same price, but Microsoft 365 Business also gives you MFA, MDM for Windows / iOS / Android, Windows 10 Pro licensing, and Office Advanced Threat Protection to protect your users from malicious email links and attachments. The only caveat is that you will need to reinstall Office, but Intune does that easily with a simple device configuration policy.
Azure AD P2 provides automated Identity protection for your users. If a user’s credentials are found on the dark web, or they perform a high-risk sign in activity, then Azure AD will block the sign in attempt and force the user to change their password immediately after completing an MFA challenge.
The days of waiting for your support desk or SOC to review an alert and contact the user to change their password are gone. Human minds can no longer keep up with today’s cyberattacks. You must automate your security responses if you want to limit the damage of a security breach.
At Infused Innovations, we prefer that all our clients are using Microsoft’s cloud security stack to protect their cloud environment. Microsoft uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to respond to 6.5 trillion signals daily—there is no other company in the world with this type of dataset. This means that a new strain of polymorphic malware can be blocked globally in as little as 15 minutes.
We’ve seen companies spend hours onboarding and offboarding employees using products like:
Okta for SSO
Duo for MFA
AirWatch for MDM
Mimecast for archiving
Cisco AMP or Cylance for ATP
By standardizing on the Microsoft stack, you can eliminate costs for redundant features, increase security by having all your security tools work together instead of in silos, and provision new users in minutes instead of hours.
The security road map for all companies that use Microsoft’s cloud productivity offerings should be Microsoft 365 E3 plus Identity Threat Protection so you can take advantage of all the benefits of Windows Defender ATP and Windows 10 Enterprise’s virtualization-based security. If you’d like to leverage Teams for VoIP, then Microsoft 365 E5 is the next logical step.