Monday, 29. June 2015

Cloud App Security: the Answer to Advanced Office 365 Threats

Cloud shieldCloud computing has fundamentally changed the way we do business, for the better. The software-as-a-service industry alone has matured at an astonishing rate over the past few years to the point where it’s no longer only those risk-taking early adopters signing up – businesses of all shapes and sizes are jumping on board. But while the benefits of taking that cloud journey are familiar to us all, so are the risks. And top of those risks, the number one barrier in the eyes of U.S. businesses, is security.

That’s why, as of June 25, we’re delighted to announce the general availability of Trend Micro™ Cloud App Security – a comprehensive new security suite offering advanced threat protection and DLP for all your favorite Microsoft Office 365 applications.

A cloudy business

Office 365 has been one of the success stories of cloud computing. Last year, Microsoft described it as its “fastest growing business.”  It’s at the forefront of the computing giant’s transformation of its business from offering primarily license-based on-premise software to cloud-based apps and services. Featuring business-critical products such as Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint, and the Office Online suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneDrive, it’s not hard to see why it has become so popular.

But for those putting mission-critical data in the cloud, there are still inevitable concerns over security. Although, according to Gartner, cloud security failures have been relatively rare statistically speaking, they remain the number one barrier to public cloud adoption. These concerns are valid, of course, with cybercriminals having shown themselves to be more than ready and able to take advantage of any security shortcomings in the cloud. That’s why Microsoft invested heavily in securing Office 365 data centers and applications. But customers are ultimately responsible for their organizations and need to protect them from email phishing attacks and threats that migrate into their organizations via file sharing.

Today, we live in a world of advanced targeted attacks using malware and exploits that are crafted specifically to remain hidden from traditional defenses. Cybercriminals trade tools, techniques and tips on the darknet with impunity, effectively democratizing the means to launch such attacks. It’s no surprise that these threats have gone from something affecting only a fraction of organizations a couple of years ago to a major concern for firms of all sizes today.

The Cloud App Security difference

That’s why we designed Cloud App Security – to give Office 365 users enhanced threat protection to supplement their built-in baseline security.

Trend Micro Cloud App Security offers you:

•  Reduced risk of spear phishing
These malicious emails often signal a targeted attack. We detect threats using web reputation and cloud-based intelligence, alongside dynamic sandbox analysis to pick out zero day malware and block risky files before they’re downloaded.

•  Secure collaboration
Scan files for malware hidden inside Office files whether they are shared from remote users, mobile devices or partners.

•  Visibility over sensitive data
Gives insight into the usage of compliance data in Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business. Up to 200 built-in and customizable templates simplify set up. Real-time monitoring or discovery scans of stored data.

•  No impact on Office 365
Works with all devices: desktop, mobile, Outlook Web Access. Preserves full user and admin functionality of Office 365.

•  Scalability and high performance
Microsoft API integration means no unnecessary latency, as well as high performance and availability.

•  Ease of deployment
100 percent cloud service means no software or device changes to burden IT with.


Learn more about Cloud App security here.