How to Protect, Back Up, and Recover Your Microsoft Office 365 Data in the Face of Ransomware, Malware, and More


One recent headline alerted users about a Microsoft 365 config loophole that opens OneDrive and SharePoint data to a ransomware attack. Another explained how malicious actors are mounting cyberattacks that target supply chains using Office 365. But human error is still the number one reason behind data disasters.

Regardless of what could cause data loss, your Microsoft 365 data is precious. That’s why it’s essential to understand and implement effective backup and recovery methods and solutions for that data.

More than likely, virtually everyone in your organization relies on Microsoft 365 for their core productivity apps. If those apps—or the data they depend on—aren’t available, your organization could come to a screeching halt.

While Microsoft takes full responsibility for critical components of the stack—like physical and IT security, application-level controls, and more—you are responsible for your data that’s stored in its cloud. Even Microsoft recommends regularly backing up the content and data you keep on its Services using Third-Party Apps and Services.

But not every backup solution completely protects your Microsoft Office 365 data from the ravages of ransomware. Arcserve UDP and Arcserve SaaS Backup are two options that do.

Arcserve UDP: Backup for Microsoft 365 Data

Arcserve UDP offers comprehensive ransomware protection for your Microsoft 365 data with on-premises backup and granular and instant recovery capabilities.

Arcserve UDP protects Microsoft 365 workloads—Exchange Online, Teams, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business—with multilayered data security and protection on-premises. With Arcserve UDP, you can back up easily using simple configuration tools to set up your backup strategies. You also gain enhanced security and compliance with AES encryption and role-based access control (RBAC).

Simplify Data Protection and Recovery, and Scale Easily Across Topologies

IT teams can reduce the time required to implement and maintain complete Microsoft 365 data security and protection—as well as other physical, virtual, and cloud workloads—by as much as 50 percent, thanks to Arcserve UDP’s single, simple UI.

You can also quickly scale hybrid business continuity topologies, locally or over long distances, to multiple sites—including service and cloud providers. Installation takes a few clicks. Then create data stores on your recovery point server (RPS), add the nodes you want to protect, a storage destination, and a plan. Arcserve UDP also makes it easy to perform jobs like backup, virtual standby, replication, and execution of a simple restore or a bare metal recovery.

Reduce Storage, Get More Options, Enhance Security

With Arcserve UDP’s global source-side deduplication, i2 technology, and compression, you can achieve substantial data reduction rates and cut your storage requirements. Back up to a local machine or a central destination—RPS, local folder, or remote shared folder—and easily add network CIFS/NFS shares, Office 365 Exchange, or SharePoint online nodes. And your data is protected from ransomware because Arcserve UDP is fully integrated with Sophos Intercept X Advanced, award-winning protection that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning to stop attacks.

Arcserve SaaS Backup: Cloud-Native SaaS Application Data Protection

Arcserve SaaS Backup is another option that offers complete protection for your SaaS application data stored in Microsoft 365, Microsoft 365 Azure AD, and Microsoft Dynamics 365, as well as Salesforce and Google Workspace. The solution is simple to set up—it takes less than five minutes—using a single pane of glass with multi-tenant capabilities and RBAC.

Arcserve SaaS Backup keeps your data secure and encrypted in transit and at rest. Your data sovereignty is guaranteed, too, with four copies of backups stored in two different data centers within the same region. The solution also features immutable backups, using a blockchain-based algorithm for ransomware resilience. It also provides 30-day delete retention to protect against inadvertent deletions—or ransomware attacks. And it automatically updates applications without stopping active jobs.

Choosing the Right Microsoft 365 Backup and Recovery Solution

With so many options to choose from, it’s worth talking to an Arcserve technology partner to help guide you along. Our partners offer the deep expertise and hands-on experience that smooths your IT transitions. If you’d like to dive deeper, check out our 30-day free trial offers for Arcserve UDP and Arcserve SaaS Backup.

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