Security and Microsoft 365
Long View was brought in to help a financial services customer with over 10,000 users operating across multiple geographies worldwide. When the customer initially approached Long View, it had just failed a 3rd-party audit.
“The customer had a highly competent technical team, but didn’t fully understand modern security. They were unsure of what they were invested in and weren’t sure how to approach closing the gaps the audit had revealed in their security posture and infrastructure,” said Shane Weber.
Stepping in to help the customer, Long View first provided consulting services and workshops to help the customer understand current state, gaps to close, and recommended state. Long View’s consultants helped the customer better understand the breadth of security services it required—everything from securing identity and access, universal endpoints, and information protection to address how the customer’s employees securely collaborated and shared information internally and externally. Long View worked with the customer’s legal, financial, and accounting teams to ensure the customer wouldn’t be the next high-profile firm in the news for an important data breach. Long View helped the customer understand that modernizing its security was a crucial aspect of its transformation and that it needed a comprehensive technology solution in place to get there.
“It is fairly new for most customers to understand modern security—having a great firewall and network protection is not enough anymore. In a cloud-first, mobile-first business world, a lot more happens on the edge now, where security threats are a lot different from before. We work to help customers understand what they need now is a true end to end solution and program—not just technology,” said Shane Weber.
Long View and the customer ultimately chose to implement Microsoft 365 to securely improve how its employees worked and collaborated with one another. Long View also worked to enhance the security services from the offering, adding layers of protection over time as the team became more familiar with the customer’s environment. Ultimately, Microsoft 365 represented an opportunity for the customer to not only modernize its security posture but transform how its employees did business.