The Broadcasting Board of Governors granted Microsoft Office 365 the authority to operate under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) on May 3, 2012. This is significant because one of the reasons for slow adoption of cloud solutions is related to security and data protection. Many customers in the process industry are reluctant or slow at adopting cloud solutions due to the notion that such solutions are generally not secure enough to handle mission critical business data. The FISMA certification is another proof that Office 365 meets the most rigorous global security and privacy standards that should provide the peace of mind for those who doubt the security of cloud solutions.

As a productivity and collaboration set of tools, Office 365 can be used in enterprise networks as well as industrial networks allowing workers accessing both networks to be more collaborative and productive. Documents generated and used by workers on both networks can be stored in document libraries in the cloud allowing for seamless collaboration among workers accessing such documents along with business partners who can also be given secure access to such libraries.

Below are some of the benefits process manufacturers can gain by moving to Office 365:

  • Best in class disaster recovery
  • Great reliability and up time guarantee better than 99.9%
  • Automatic seamless updates without service interruptions
  • Access information securely from anywhere
  • Benefit from the world class security experts at Microsoft who will be managing and administering customer data

To learn more about how Office 365 is protecting data, go to the Office 365 Trust Center.