Since Friday, there has been a brand new ransomware threat spreading very rapidly. It is called WannaCry (aka WCry, WannaCry, WanaCrypt0r, WannaCrypt, or Wana Decrypt0r). The attack does not directly affect the Office 365 service; however it proves that large companies are not safe when it comes to coordinated cyber attacks that target their data security.
For small businesses, managing Office 365 is a simple and straightforward process. But for large, complex, and global organizations, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The Microsoft Office 365 administration portal was not built to handle day-to-day operations belonging to large volumes of users, or licenses, whether you are in hybrid, cloud only or multitenant environments. Microsoft’s built-in tools have strong limitations when it comes to managing users or delegating administration.
Many Skype for Business users appreciate the convenience of Enterprise Voice. As a software-powered VoIP solution, it integrates with Outlook and Exchange and works with headsets and VoIP-enabled phones. While most organizations would love to utilize Enterprise Voice for all of their meetings, many encounter issues with the service.
Since ADFS environments depend on certificates, it’s important to make sure they don’t expire and wreak havoc on your organization. Most major issues with ADFS occur due to the expiration of certificates. So if users start complaining that they can’t access their Office 365 resources, certificate expirations could definitely be to blame.
User complaints about mailbox latencies are one of the most common issues that IT administrators face, and one of the most time-consuming to fix. Generally, an IT administrator will respond to complaints by asking if the issue is affecting everyone in the location.
Any IT administrator knows that when users complain about slowness accessing a mailbox, it’s usually tied to network latency. Still, there’s rarely enough information to confirm this is the case. And there’s no native proactive approach to checking and managing latency issues ahead of time.
When an unauthorized person hacks into a system by attempting several password combinations until one works, it’s called a brute force attack. These attacks threaten the security of an organization’s highly sensitive data, and require the careful attention of IT administrators to prevent from happening.
Many organizations are migrating to Skype for Business Online, and for good reason. Migrating to the cloud takes away the need to buy hardware for servers and worry about upgrades and maintenance. Companies can save money on backup and disaster recovery as well.
When users are unable to access their mailbox or SharePoint on Office 365, this can sometimes be due to sync issues. Most organizations will use AAD connect (previously called DirSync, and AD sync) to sync their on-premise identities to their Office 365 environment, so it’s important that these two systems communicate to make it possible for users to access what they need on Office 365.