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Critical Reasons for Office 365 Backup
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MSP Benefits of Microsoft 365 Cloud Backup

1. BACKUPS PROVIDE PROTECTION AGAINST ACCIDENTAL DATA DELETION
Despite modern technology advances, any process that involves humans inevitably opens up the possibility for human error. Even when these errors are minor, they can easily result in the accidental deletion of important data. Whether a deletion occurs because an end user accidentally hits “delete” instead of “save,” or because of a clumsy PowerShell command, MSPs need to be able to keep these accidental data deletions from becoming permanent and eventually affecting their customers.

Unfortunately, Microsoft 365 doesn’t always provide the data retention capabilities that MSPs need. The default recycle bin retention period is set to 14 days. Though an administrator can change that period to 30 days instead of 14, that still does not leave a substantial amount of time to discover that something critical was accidentally deleted. If you don’t have a Microsoft 365 cloud backup process in place, that information will be completely unrecoverable once those 30 days are up.

Accidental deletion accounts for 70% of SaaS data loss. Without cloud backup, the risks are real—and MSPs responsible for protecting their customers’ data need to have a fail-safe in place to mitigate these risks.

2. BACKUPS HELP FILL IN RETENTION GAPS
Once an employee leaves a company, retaining their email data can be a costly endeavor. Maintaining access to said data in the long term can be important, as you never know when you might realize that a departed employee had the exact information you’re looking for. Unfortunately, Microsoft only retains email data for user accounts for a short period of time after the account is deactivated.

Given that most organizations likely don’t want to keep paying a monthly subscription fee for an employee who has left the company, the best way to make sure that email data is saved and available for use is by using a third-party backup solution. This backup solution can ensure that Microsoft 365 account data is still available, searchable, and recoverable, long after an employee leaves the company and their account is deactivated.

While it is possible to retain the data through Microsoft 365 itself if you share the account information with an active user before it is deleted, relying on this alone can leave a business vulnerable to accidental data loss. Whether it’s due to human error or miscommunication, simply relying on mailbox sharing to save your data could lead to an accidental violation of data retention policies. By using a third-party backup solution like SolarWinds Backup, you can retain Exchange data for seven years. That means no more paying to maintain active accounts for ex-employees or needing to worry about potential retention gaps.

3. BACKUPS OFFER PROTECTION FROM THE DANGERS OF INTERNAL THREATS
We generally like to think the best of people, especially our employees—but not everyone is always worthy of that trust. Even if we remove the possibility of human error, there’s always the chance that disgruntled or dishonest employees may intentionally put important data at risk.

If someone secretly deletes sensitive data and quietly waits for the recycle bin to run out the clock, you might find yourself in serious trouble with no way to recover critical data that has now been permanently deleted. Given that Microsoft 365 has no way of knowing if a deletion was accidental, intentional, or malicious, there is no available recourse once the recycle bin is emptied. The only way to protect your data in the face of malicious internal activity is through a third-party backup solution.

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