Microsoft 365 Data Protection – It’s Not Just Backup Webinar

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The SolarWinds hack began when threat actors were able to gain control of a single email account. They then leveraged vulnerabilities that exist in every Microsoft 365 tenant to compromise the integrity of that tenant and operate – undetected – for at least nine months.

Data protection is the process of safeguarding important information from corruption, compromise or loss and Microsoft 365 customers are operationally and contractually responsible for protection of their data. In practice the term has only been applied to backup and recovery, but customers are also responsible for the security and administration of their tenant and the actions of their users, which is
clearly stated in the Microsoft 365 SLA:
“Microsoft is not responsible for data loss…that result from your unauthorized action or lack of action when required, or from your employees, agents, contractors, or vendors, or anyone gaining access to our network by means of your passwords or equipment, or otherwise resulting from your failure to follow appropriate security practices.”

The state-of-the-art security infrastructure and processes protecting Microsoft 365 data centers make them virtually impossible to breach directly but architectural and functional aspects of Microsoft 365 make your tenant vulnerable to compromise and data loss through human mistakes, programmatic errors, malicious insider activity and phishing, malware and ransomware attacks. Protecting your tenant
requires strategies and tactics to reduce the frequency and severity of data loss events in addition to maintaining backup copies of your data.

Join 14-time Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP Matthew McDermott and Spanning Director of Product Marketing Dave Wallen as they discuss these issues and provide you with a set of actions you can take today to improve the security of your tenant and better protect your Microsoft 365 data.


  • Common misunderstandings about data protection and tenant security responsibility in Microsoft 365.
  • Why Microsoft 365 tenants are more vulnerable to compromise when compared with other cloud services.
  • How account compromise leads to tenant compromise.
  • Strategies, tactics, and actions you can take today to help to reduce the frequency and severity of tenant compromise.