Spanning Blog

Welcome to our blog featuring thought leadership and best practices on SaaS backup and recovery, data protection and security, and regular product updates for Spanning Backup for Office 365, G Suite, and Salesforce.

Gone Phishing: Everything You Need to Know About the Ever Present Threat to Your Data

Phishing is a critical security issue that can trick even the most diligent, security-minded users. How do you protect your organization from being another phish in the sea? Let’s start by understanding how phishing works and then move on to practical pointers to avoiding biting the bait.


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Office 365 Data Protection: Part 2 – Litigation Hold

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we discussed how you need to rely on more than the default retention times for Office 365 to fully protect your data from accidental deletion. In Part 2, we’ll discuss if Exchange Online Litigation Hold and In-Place Hold are good-enough data protection solutions for Office 365, or if your organization may need something purpose-built for Office 365 backup and restore.


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Data Loss Isn’t Just an Old Ghost Story

Learn from Spanning customers why it’s critical to have a backup and recovery solution in place for SaaS apps like G Suite, Office 365, and Salesforce. If you don’t, you may be haunted by data loss forever.


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Spanning Backup Has Data Protection Covered for the School of Business, University of Maryland

Christopher Gleeson, Manager of Messaging & Collaboration for the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, knows that the centerpiece of any good data protection plan is a backup and recovery solution, without which data loss would be an ever-present threat to the hard work his faculty and students do every day. Christopher went looking for an answer to the data protection problem and found Spanning Backup, a backup and recovery solution for G Suite.


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How Are You Celebrating National Security Awareness Month?

This October is the 15th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), an initiative to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity that grows stronger by the year in significance and scope. This is no surprise given that breaches and malware attacks are getting more frequent, and they don’t discriminate against industry. A cross-section of companies from government, healthcare, finance and retail to nonprofits, car-sharing, and even the Port of San Diego have faced ransomware attacks.


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Microsoft Ignite 2018: Celebrating the Office 365 Community

After exhibiting at this year’s Microsoft Ignite, we’re even more energized by the growth of the Microsoft community. For us, one of the best parts of the show was meeting our amazing customers. From the bustling, vibrant show floor to our more personal customer happy hour, we love seeing the Spanning family grow each year. As we mentioned in our pre-event blog post, there were many things we were looking forward to attending. How did it actually turn out? Catch up on the rest of our Ignite adventures in this blog post.


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Dreamforce: A People Conference Disguised as a Tech Conference

Dreamforce ‘18 is a wrap. Our friends in the Salesforce Ohana have unpacked their Astro and Appy plushies, and are digging through piles of emails after what was an amazing week. Read Salesforce MVPLori Witzel’s take on Dreamforce ’18 tied to the Salesforce values of Trust, Customer Success, Innovation and Equality that centers on people.


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Edu and the Cloud: 3 Tips for a Secure Relationship

The cloud has fueled many advancements in education, such as improved collaboration between teachers and students, BYOD accessibility, virtual classrooms and training labs. With all the advantages of the cloud, however, come assumptions of safety that can prove costly if taken for granted. To get the real story, we spoke to a few of our higher education customers to get their first-hand advice on sustaining a secure and robust cloud implementation.


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Backing up SaaS Apps: Native, SaaS or DRaaS?

Data is big business. With more and more data being created by people around the world every day, there is a growing market, and need, for data protection. This, compounded with the rising rates of malware, ransomware, and data loss due to everyday human error, make backup for your SaaS applications like G Suite, Office 365 and Salesforce, a must-have. In this post we outline and weigh-in on the differences between Native backup, DRaaS backup, and SaaS data backup for your SaaS applications.


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Salesforce Trailblazer Community Survey Reveals Ongoing Upward Trends in Skill Growth, Minority Representation

Dreamforce ‘18 is upon us — as is our fifth year of the “Salesforce Selfie” Trailblazer Community Survey (review the surveys for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017). Survey findings are shared back into the Community in the form of infographic highlights and reports that can help you benchmark your organization and your Salesforce career compared with peers. Over the past five years, we see the impact of Salesforce embracing and supporting equality in tech.


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