Close the gaps in Microsoft N365 with a Defence in Depth Strategy

The COVID-19 pandemic not only drew a global eye to the healthcare sector, but also fundamentally altered the industry’s day-to-day operations in ways that will linger long after the pandemic is remedied.

On a more positive note, this crisis-driven shift to remote healthcare dovetails nicely with a digital-first, long-term plan the National Health Service (NHS) launched in 2019, married to this summer’s announcement that NHSX, NHS Digital and Microsoft struck a deal that will grant 1.2 million NHS employees access to Microsoft 365 security and productivity tools.

The Threat Landscape for UK Healthcare: Cybercriminals are especially drawn to the healthcare industry for one main reason: money. Put simply, hackers know that sensitive information leads to money, and it’d be difficult to find an industry with more of the public’s sensitive information than healthcare.

A Defence in Depth Approach Closes the Gaps  in  Microsoft 365: Included within Microsoft 365 services is an extensive set of protective mechanisms that contribute to cybersecurity and resilience. However, many of the NHS organisations will inevitably require a greater degree of control and more extensive protections than what the suite can provide.

This paper (including input from Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust) details how NHS organisations are adopting a comprehensive cyber resilience strategy that utilises a layered defence in depth approach:

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