Spanning Blog: The Best of 2021

The past two years have been a rollercoaster ride for businesses both big and small. But as the saying goes, “the show must go on.” We pushed on regardless of the uncertainties and challenges brought about by the global pandemic, helping businesses like yours securely backup and protect their invaluable SaaS data.

We also continued providing useful tips and valuable insights, ranging from the latest trends in the SaaS backup landscape to cybersecurity best practices and enterprise data protection strategies. With 2022 upon us, this is the perfect time to revisit some of our more popular blogs from 2021.

#10. Web-based application security series

Web-based applications have become an essential business tool due to their multiple benefits — from streamlining workflows to improving communication and collaboration and enabling remote work. As such, it’s hard to imagine running a company without web applications today. That said, any security flaw in web applications, such as File Inclusion vulnerabilities, can hinder business operations, lead to data loss or potentially bring your business to a standstill. Our blog on File Inclusion vulnerabilities sheds light on the different types of file inclusion vulnerabilities and how you can protect your organization against these web-based threats.

#9. Onboarding and offboarding done right

Last year, Twitter employees became spear phishing targets, with hackers getting their hands on user credentials by pretending to be company IT administrators. Approximately 130 private and corporate Twitter accounts with at least a million followers each were compromised.

Incidents such as this remind us how damaging poor onboarding and offboarding can be for businesses. Read on to learn about the role of IT professionals in employee onboarding and offboarding programs and best practices to make the employee-employer handoff safer and seamless.

#8. Salesforce Data Recovery Service: Ended or relaunched?

Salesforce announced the end of its Data Recovery Service in July 2020. However, in March 2021, the company reversed its decision and reintroduced the functionality. What was the rationale behind this? What is Salesforce Data Recovery Service? Is it a reliable backup and recovery option? What has changed and what does it mean for you? Read our blog to get to the heart of the matter.

#7. Google Workspace or Google Workspace? What’s in a name?

If you are one of those who is unsure of what Google Workspace and Google Workspace are all about, you are not alone. Google’s suite of productivity and collaboration solutions has undergone a lot of changes over the years. On October 6, 2020, Google rebranded Google Workspace as Google Workspace to meet the needs of its highly distributed (remote/hybrid) users. Considering Google Workspace’s popularity and large customer base, you’re probably wondering why it has been rebranded as Google Workspace, what the difference between them is, what happened to Google Workspace and what’s new in Google Workspace. Find answers to all these questions in this article.

#6. Cyber resilience: Overcome adverse cyber events

Given today’s increasingly evolving threat landscape, cyber resilience has become an important factor in determining the success of an organization. A cyber-resilient business is well prepared to tackle cybersecurity incidents and can effectively respond to and quickly recover when such events do occur. Check out our blog to discover the key components of a cyber resilience framework and steps to strengthen your organization’s cyber resilience.

#5. How secure is Microsoft 365?

Microsoft 365 is one of the most widely used productivity suites in the world. More than a million companies globally use Microsoft 365 today, and there are nearly 250 million monthly active Microsoft Teams users. Its data centers are protected by state-of-the-art security infrastructure and processes, which make them virtually impossible to breach directly. Microsoft also provides a financially backed 99.9% application uptime guarantee for Microsoft 365. However, with many preconceived concerns surrounding web-based applications and security, does Microsoft 365 provide the necessary security features to protect your business and data? Find out in this blog.

#4. Don’t get phished

Phishing is the biggest cybersecurity threat that businesses face today. Did you know that 90% of incidents that end in a data breach start with a phishing email? It is the delivery system of choice for malware like ransomware and the gateway to an array of cybercrimes and fraud. The versatility and effectiveness of this type of threat is what makes it a favorite among cybercriminals. Check out our blog Phishing 101 to find out how it works and how not to get phished.

#3. Microsoft Teams security best practices

The rise of remote working due to the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of Microsoft Teams. However, the unprecedented adoption of Teams has translated into bad security practices like accidental sharing and data leakage, resulting in a security nightmare for IT professionals. Keeping sensitive information secure without impacting the users’ ability to collaborate seamlessly is a huge challenge for IT staff. Read on to learn about five Microsoft Teams security best practices to make the collaboration platform seamless and more secure.

#2. Data loss prevention: Because no company is immune to data loss

According to the HIPAA Journal, 70% of companies have suffered a public cloud data breach in the past year. Have you ever wondered what would happen to your business if you lost your mission-critical data or couldn’t access it anymore? Your business would cease to exist.

Due to growing concerns regarding issues such as data breaches, cyberattacks, corporate espionage and data privacy regulations, data loss prevention (DLP) technologies have become an essential component of today’s business. Read on to discover what DLP is, its importance and how to implement a robust DLP program for your business.

#1. Microsoft 365 vs. Google Workspace: Which one’s right for you?

Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace have a long list of impressive features that are designed to make your workflow smoother and more productive. Since both suites are powerful, reliable and offer several benefits, it can be extremely difficult to decide which productivity suite is the right fit for your business. There are a lot of factors that need to be considered — from pricing and functionality to storage and accessibility. Therefore, we compared the two solutions, analyzed their features, plans and pricing, and key differentiators to help you make the right choice. Check out our blog to find out which one is right for your organization.

Bye, Bye 2021. Hello, 2022!

Before we wrap up, we would like to thank our customers and readers for your continued support. We would like to express our sincerest appreciation for trusting us and our SaaS backup and end-to-end protection solutions for Microsoft 365, Google Workspace and Salesforce. As a token of our appreciation, we would like to invite you to get the full-feature Spanning experience free for 14 days.

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