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Microsoft 365 is Not Automatically Protected

Updated: May 6, 2021

As organizations increasingly move data into cloud-based applications, many believe that traditional best practices such as data backup are outdated. After all, SaaS applications are always available, accessible from anywhere, and highly redundant, so why is backup necessary?

An astonishing 1 in 3 companies report losing data stored in cloud-based applications. The single leading cause of this data loss? End-user error. Other common culprits include:

• Malware or ransomware attacks

• Malicious end-user activity

• Accidental data overwrites

• Canceled account subscriptions

With more and more companies depending on Microsoft 365 for collaboration and business operations, these risks are impossible to ignore. Backup is just as important in the cloud as in traditional on-premises IT systems. An independent, third-party, SaaS backup solution is the best way to protect organizations against the most common data loss pitfalls.

Protecting Your End Clients in the Cloud - A Shared Responsibility

Many organizations mistakenly believe that Microsoft 365 data is automatically protected. But, that’s only partially true. Microsoft does ensure that it won’t lose your data, but it does not make any guarantees about restoring data if you do. In other words, Microsoft 365 data is as vulnerable to accidental or malicious deletion, ransomware and other types of data loss as on-premises applications.

SaaS vendors like Microsoft promote a “shared responsibility” model. They are clear in recommending providers and end-users pursue third-party solutions to ensure they meet data protection, business continuity, compliance, and security requirements beyond Microsoft 365’s limited native recovery capabilities.

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