As we previously discussed, migrating to Office 365 doubles the surface area you’ll need to manage and secure. As a result, it’s critical that any issues with data stored in your on-premises AD are corrected prior to migration. The good news is that making the move to Office 365 offers the opportunity to address any problems that exist while also creating policies that will keep it that way moving forward. So you can move to Office 365 knowing your environment is organized and will stay that way in the future.
Pre-migration: Time to clean houseMany organizations work under the assumption that breaches and other forms of data loss are assumed costs of doing business and employ strategies to minimize risk. Prior to migration, data stored in the on-premises AD should be thoroughly assessed and consolidated to eliminate outdated or non-essential items. Your three goals during this process should be:
Migration: Keeping an eye on dataOnce excess data and duplicative accounts have been addressed, access issues have been resolved and security protocols have been met, you’re ready to migrate to Office 365. While most of the heavy lifting has already been done, keen attention throughout the migration process will ensure data remains uncompromised. IT admins should have real-time auditing, reporting and alerting to changes during migration to ensure data security. Here are three things to watch:
Here’s another thing to keep in mind: Migration to Office 365 offers the opportunity to review your current solution providers. Each vendor should provide options for handling sensitive data throughout the migration to ensure the integrity of your data throughout its lifecycle. If that’s not the case, they may not have your best interests in mind.
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