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Find out how to improve your device security on Day 1 of Business Self-Defense from Microsoft Canada! In support of Small Business Month this October, we’re publishing daily security tips designed to help owners and managers protect themselves from threats like trojans and breeches. This post explores why and how any business can improve their data and device security.

According to Gartner Research, one laptop is stolen every 53 seconds in the US. Although that crime statistic refers to the United States, Canadian businesses are just as much at risk. Phones, laptops, tablets, and other devices have a way of getting broken, lost, or stolen everywhere, every day.

The real prize

Besides the cost of replacing a device (expensive as it is) —what about your data? Your emails, contacts, and local documents residing on those devices? That data may very well end up in the hands of criminals. One errant device can give them access to everything!

Personal device use

Even with a strict policy, in a pinch, employees use personal mobile phones or tablets to access work information instead of carrying multiple devices. Securing these devices often requires users to switch to a specific mode on their device or use a complex set of instructions that most people just can’t or won’t follow. This rigid approach increases the risk that information gets mismanaged or shared with the wrong people.

An easy way to describe security is “making information available to those who need it and keeping it out of those who don’t.”

Don’t ignore them

As progress moves us all forward, so should you. Modern professionals need all kinds of devices to service clients on site, develop new sales channels, deliver goods, and compete in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Customers just don’t walk in the door or stay loyal anymore. That’s the grim new reality of sales and service. Your employees need the best devices available to help them compete.

Secure devices instead

Protect your data and identity, in case something happens. To accommodate the needs of small businesses who need a simple and cost-effective way to secure devices, try Microsoft 365. Purpose-built for business, Microsoft 365 gives today’s employees the mobility, access, and security they need to compete and win.

Combining Office, Windows, mobility, and always-on security—Microsoft 365 gives businesses everything they need in one cost-effective package.

Graphic with headline reading Demo: Introducing Microsoft 365

Watch the webcast

Watch the webcast to see a demo of Microsoft 365 Business. Now, for the first time, Microsoft is offering an integrated solution for your business that helps you achieve more together, anywhere it matters with always-on security. Link here.

A more realistic solution

A solution like Microsoft 365 Business enables a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy, while keeping personal devices from accessing, retaining, and/or sharing sensitive business information. As part of a multi-layered security strategy, Microsoft 365 allows users to manage devices, protect data, and communicate securely from anywhere.

Built-in device management

Microsoft 365 provides a true business solution—embedding key security and device management capabilities that help protect you, your team, and the devices you use to operate your business. It makes device setup and deployment a breeze. From a single admin console, the manager can add or remove users and devices quickly and easily.

Agility fuels success. Secure your devices, protect your data, and enable easy access to your company network from the field.

Windows Defender

Windows 10 lets you set and deploy Windows Defender protection for malware, automatic updates, and turn off screens after a specified amount of time. You can also wipe business applications and data on lost or stolen Windows 10 devices remotely, through the admin center.

Tools you already use

Most Canadians have worked or currently work with one or many of Microsoft’s productivity apps, namely Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access, and OneNote. Office 365 comes equipped with your favourite apps, and Office 365 is part of the Microsoft 365 Business bundle. That’s a win-win for every business owner in Canada. Get access to enterprise-class email, HD video conferencing through Skype for Business, and other valuable business services, in one budget-friendly, high-value bundle.

Designed for small business

Through the power of Office 365, Microsoft 365 users access apps created specifically for business owners, from order taking to customer manager through to invoicing. As an end-to-end business bundle, Microsoft 365 delivers more value as you only pay for the apps you need. Completely scalable, this business bundle grows with your company.

Graphic with headline reading Demo: Introducing Microsoft 365

Watch the webcast

Watch the webcast to see a demo of Microsoft 365 Business. Now, for the first time, Microsoft is offering an integrated solution for your business that helps you achieve more together, anywhere it matters with always-on security. Link here.