Articles By Matt McDermott

Matt McDermott

Principal Technical Marketing Engineer

Matthew is the Office 365 technical guy on the marketing team for Spanning Cloud Apps. A 13-time Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP, he spends his professional time working to build best of breed solutions for Office 365 and Azure. Matthew is a speaker, content author, blogger, and specialist in SharePoint, Office 365, and Azure technologies. An accomplished photographer, cook, and bartender, in his spare time Matt spends as much time with his wife as his dog will allow.

SharePoint Online Data Protection: Why It’s Needed Now

SharePoint admins need to understand that the same risks for data loss due to accidental or malicious deletions apply to SharePoint Online content associated in Sites, OneDrive, Groups, and Teams. The native protections Microsoft offers don’t meet the need for fast, accurate recovery in those scenarios, as you’ll learn in this blog post by Matthew McDermott, Microsoft MVP.


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.


Office 365 Data Protection: Part 1 – Disaster Recovery and Retention Times

Data protection in Office 365 is a shared responsibility, with Microsoft taking on the tasks that would have typically been done on-premises for disaster recovery. But your IT team is still ultimately responsible for data protection, and it’s up to the IT team to decide how to protect and recover any data that is lost by human error or even malicious attacks. In Part 1, we look at Microsoft’s disaster recovery and retention times.