An Overview of Secure User Authentication for Office 365

On September 1, 2014, a successful hack of a celebrity’s iCloud account was heavily publicized. In the aftermath of this type of event, it is normal for consumers of similar services from other ISVs, most prominently, Office 365 from Microsoft, to look for assurance from their IT department of the comparative security of their online computing policies and procedures. Fortunately, a white paper is directly available from Microsoft which speaks to these concerns. This white paper was published in May, 2014, and is titled Security in Office 365. For readers who have not had an opportunity to review this white…
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Microsoft Focuses on SharePoint Online, but are Enterprise Organizations Ready for the Cloud?

The biggest impediment, for most enterprise businesses considering Office 365, can be found in public discussions about online security. Office 365 is a suite of computer applications delivered as Software as a Service (SaaS). Ostensibly the same well-publicized vulnerabilities endemic to an ever growing set of SaaS offers (including Amazon.com, and even Appleā€™s iCloud, albeit several years back) should be true for Office 365. So enterprise business has been slow to embrace pure cloud offers, opting, instead, for either pure, on premise computing, or a hybrid combination of both. Indeed, a survey published by AIIM in December, 2013 showed a…
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