When Satya Nadella unveiled Microsoft 365 at Inspire in July 2017, it represented a fundamental shift in the way Microsoft designs, builds and goes to market to address customers’ needs for the modern workplace.
And the modern workplace is changing. As workers, we spend 50% more of our time engaged in collaborative activities – in part due to widespread adoption of cloud technologies for collaborative working. 37% of the current global workforce is mobile; meaning that we conduct some of part of our daily working activities on a portable connected device such as a tablet or smartphone. We are fully engaged in a 4th industrial revolution in the cloud-first, mobile-first world. It has been reported in Small Business Trends online that 43% of cyber-attacks target small businesses – which presents a significant risk to the SMB community in the connected digital world.
The influx and influence of a new generation of workforce is further changing the modern workplace. Fresh ideas, demands for technology to be effective and convenient at the same time, operating within an increasingly complex threat landscape is challenging technology companies to be more innovative. With more than 100 million commercial monthly active users of Office 365, and more than 500 million Windows 10 devices in use, Microsoft is in a unique position to help companies empower their employees, unlocking business growth and innovation.
Gartner reports that the worldwide Cyber Security market will be worth more than $101 billion by the end of 2018 – a reflection of the current trend to utilise a wider portfolio of connected devices, thus creating more data which in turn leads to more risk from attacks by cyber criminals.
Cyber attackers are in turn evolving in parallel to the modern workplace, creating more innovative ways to breach networks and compromise legacy security systems. With the forthcoming GDPR legislation looming, building sophistication and expertise in cyber security technologies is crucial for businesses to remain relevant to business partners, as Malwarebytes reports that ransomware now accounts for 66% of all malware payloads – an unprecedented domination of the global threat landscape. Malware is a huge global issue, with billions of attacks targeting customer data every year.
When considering the fundamentals of Cyber Security, businesses should be thinking about how they can easily and effectively secure the devices and data access on them. Microsoft 365 delivers the best of Enterprise Mobility + Security (EM+S) alongside the best of Office 365 and Windows 10. Microsoft 365 protects company data across devices, securing access to documents on these devices giving users peace of mind. Microsoft 365 also provides protection for Windows 10 devices against malware, viruses and spyware using Windows Defender.
Ingram Micro is committed to help partners realise the promise of cyber security technologies such as Microsoft 365, and as Microsoft’s largest global CSP partner we can help businesses to embrace the intelligent future of security in the Cloud.
To talk to one of our Cyber Security sales specialists contact Cloud@ingrammicro.co.uk or call 0371 973 3060.