Backup for Microsoft 365 Evaluation Criteria Checklist

Given the current cybersecurity threat landscape, protecting your Microsoft 365 data is a no-brainer. However, finding the right solution that fits your organization’s needs can be daunting. Where do you begin?

That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive evaluation checklist for you to properly compare various backup solutions for Microsoft 365 and ensure that you make the right choice for your organization.

Work through this checklist to identify key product features you should be considering and see for yourself how Spanning Backup for Microsoft 365 stacks up against the competition.

The checklist covers key evaluation criteria for Microsoft 365 data protection including:

  • Restore capabilities.
  • Backup capabilities, management and monitoring.
  • Administrative capabilities.
  • Security features.
  • Usability.

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The Complete SaaS Backup Buyer’s Guide

SaaS solutions have become a critical part of modern business. The volume of mission-critical data stored in them is growing by the second. However, many organizations still do not back up their SaaS data. They operate with a false belief that backing up SaaS data is not necessary and that solution providers back up and protect their data.

Most cloud service providers like Google, Microsoft and Salesforce follow the shared responsibility model. As per the model, the vendor is responsible for application uptime, availability and the underlying infrastructure, while the customer is responsible for data protection.

This buyer’s guide aims to inform IT decision-makers and professionals like you about the realities of SaaS data protection, what your responsibilities are with respect to SaaS data and the key things to consider when evaluating a backup solution.

The buyer’s guide covers:

  • Quick overview of the shared responsibility model.
  • Common SaaS data risks.
  • Best practices for protecting SaaS data.
  • SaaS backup evaluation criteria.
  • And more.

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3-Step Guide to Protecting Data in Microsoft 365

You’ve made the move to Microsoft 365 to take advantage of the benefits of the cloud. Ensuring that your data is protected in the cloud is as critical as protecting data stored on premises. It’s important to understand the steps necessary to provide complete protection for your Microsoft 365 data. As Microsoft says, “It’s your data, you own it.”

Microsoft 365 provides comprehensive platform protection to safeguard your data against hardware and software issues and to provide disaster recovery. Unfortunately, there are other ways to lose data that are your responsibility to protect against. That’s where Spanning Backup for Microsoft 365 can help.

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IT Risks: Backup and Recovery Blueprint

With the rapidly sprawling data footprints across multiple environments and increasingly dispersed hybrid workforce, enterprises now rely on their ICT infrastructure more than ever. As the critical functions that ensure business continuity rely on these ICT systems, it has become vital for businesses to keep their ICT systems up and running all the time. However, the rapidly evolving threat landscape poses a significant challenge on that front.

This eBook is designed to help organizations develop a comprehensive approach and realize ICT Readiness for Business Continuity (IRBC) so they can meet their operational goals and business objectives even in the event of an IT threat. This backup and recovery blueprint will help you effectively identify, address and recover from any disruptions to your ICT services. Read the eBook to learn more.

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Many organizations that use Microsoft 365 hold a common misconception that Microsoft is responsible for their data protection and that data backup isn’t necessary. While Microsoft is responsible for application uptime and availability, you are responsible for the protection of your data.

To help protect your Microsoft 365 data better, we have come up with a concise eBook. This eBook demystifies the common myths surrounding Microsoft 365, explains how data can be lost in the Microsoft 365 Cloud and ways to ensure your mission-critical data is securely backed up and protected.

The eBook covers:

  • Busting the common Microsoft 365 myths.
  • Causes for data loss in Microsoft 365.
  • How Spanning Backup helps protect your Microsoft 365 data.

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Backup and DRAAS IT Buyer’s Guide

With hundreds of vendors available, how do you pick the best Backup and Disaster Recovery solution for your organization?

Download this Backup and DRaaS guide to get:

  • Organized Planning Checklists (more than 30 detailed specifications!).
  • Backup & DRaaS Features Explained.
  • Full Understanding of Market-available Data Retention and Recovery Options.
  • Detailed Product Comparison Chart Access.

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Detecting and Mitigating Ransomware with Unitrends Unified BCDR

Data lives in more places than ever before and is constantly under attack. Ransomware remains one of the most pervasive cyberthreats today. According to Statista, the annual share of ransomware attacks experienced by organizations worldwide has been on the rise since 2018, peaking at a whopping 71% in 2022.1 In the first half of 2022 alone, there were a total of 236.1 million ransomware attacks globally.

Amid this ever-expanding threat landscape, traditional data security tools fail to defend against ransomware attacks 60% of the time. Ransomware’s success in overcoming traditional security mechanisms places backup and disaster recovery solutions among the most important aspects of any cyber resilience plan.

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The Incident Response Planning Guide

Organizations across industries are rapidly adopting technology for smooth business operations. As technology advances, so do cybersecurity threats. With the average cost of a data breach pegged at $4.24 million per incident and cybersecurity experts forecasting an upturn in the quantity and quality of hacks, organizations will undoubtedly seek help to ensure they are prepared to battle this threat.

This eBook will answer the most pertinent IRP-related questions to empower IT pros to create an effective incident response plan and prepare organizations to face an unpredictable threat landscape.

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The New Rules of Recovery

To keep pace with mounting competitive pressure in a 24×7 global economy, companies are forced to adapt or die. The onset of change has been rapid, with offerings, processes and operations digitized to varying degrees, all with the goal of growing the business. Many of the leaders who thrive today in an at times tumultuous landscape, have been successful in orchestrating these consistent improvements in pursuit of modernizing an ever-evolving tech stack.

More recently, IT professionals have been tasked with juggling the responsibilities of spinning up and empowering a geographically dispersed workforce with, at times, limited access to company facilities and resources. They are also being asked to maintain and secure existing assets, find new ways to boost revenue, and minimize costs in the face of forces from within and without.

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6 key steps: what to do after a ransomware attack


Ransomware attacks companies every 11 seconds.

The end result? Lost productivity, loss or exposure of sensitive data, loss of current revenue, and even the risk of future profitability.

But there is good news: by deploying a cloud-based backup and DRaaS, your organization can recover much more quickly from a ransomware attack—significantly reducing the impact of ransomware and protecting companies’ bottom lines.

Whether your company has been infected by a ransomware attack or you want to try to mitigate any potential risks in the future, you need to be prepared.

Take a look at this checklist explaining the key steps that need to be taken once ransomware hits.

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Building an innovative cloud disaster recovery plan

Get best practices, examples and templates

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Cybersecurity Ventures predicts cybercrime damages will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021 and “will be more profitable than the global trade of all major illegal drugs combined.” In such a climate, an attack is not a matter of if, but when.

Business continuity and disaster recovery go hand-in-hand, so it’s essential that IT teams are prepared for when the worst strikes.

However, not all DR plans are created equal. Only 22% of businesses have high confidence in their disaster recovery plan.

Download our white paper to design an effective recovery plan and learn:

  • Our 4-step sample disaster recovery plan
  • Best practices for business continuity planning and disaster recovery
  • Emerging methods for implementing a strong DR plan and strategy
  • The advantages of DRaaS in the cloud

Grab your IT disaster recovery plan template today.

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Infographic: Accelerating Automation: How Businesses are Adapting to a Post COVID-19 World

The majority of business leaders say they have made business process automation a top priority in recent years. But now, 80% of business leaders say they face new challenges as a direct result of COVID-19. Organizations overwhelmingly agree that business process automation is crucial in a post-COVID world—but it won’t be easy. Businesses will have to invest in technologies that scale with the business, standardize strategies for continual process improvement, allow citizen developers to drive automation efforts, and most importantly, embrace change. Download this infographic to learn more about how K2, a leader in intelligent process automation, can help.

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Whitepaper: Accelerating Automation: How Businesses are Adapting to a Post COVID-19 World

Business process automation is challenging at the baseline – and COVID-19 has made it feel nearly impossible. However, it is more important now than ever.

Organizations overwhelmingly agree that business process automation must be embraced to address new, immediate business realities as well as to ensure long-term survival. This is not an easy road. Those who are most effective at overcoming barriers and rallying their teams to embrace change will be well- poised to win in the future.

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COVID-19 Just Accelerated Your Road to Automation

This webinar focuses on how COVID-19 has accelerated your road to automation, and how you can use K2 tools to not only patch the gap, but rapidly automate solutions across your enterprise. Learn tips to implement your automation strategy and become adept at adapting to crises with speed and agility. This discussion also explores how COVID-19 broke organization's processes, but more importantly how COVID-19 has created a new "business as usual".

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COVID-19 Remote Work Just Broke Your Processes: Here’s What To Do About It

Automating business processes to win, serve, and retain customers has been an imperative for years. With COVID-19 sending workers home to work en masse, the goal for many has become restoring manual processes that have either failed completely or been crippled. Read this report to learn how to mitigate the current business disruptions and set a foundation for faster, more agile process automation going forward.

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