By Maria Ioannidou – Office Manager
Microsoft 365 offers a variety of business plans designed to meet the needs of organizations in Cyprus. Whether you're a small or large business, Microsoft 365 offers flexible options to equip your team with essential productivity tools. In this article, we'll look at the different Microsoft 365 Business plans available in Cyprus, what's included in each plan, payment options, and tips for choosing the right plan for your organization's needs.
Microsoft 365 business plans in Cyprus
Microsoft 365 offers three main business plans tailored to meet different business requirements:
1. Microsoft 365 Business Basic
2. Microsoft 365 Business Standard. Suitable for businesses of all sizes, including medium-sized enterprises. Includes everything Business Basic, plus:
Microsoft 365 Business Premium. Designed for organizations that prioritize security and advanced compliance. Includes everything available in Business Standard, plus:
Microsoft 365 Business Premium offers several security features to help protect your business data and users. Here's a guide on how to use some of these security features:
a) Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). MFA adds an extra layer of security by requiring users to provide multiple forms of verification before they can access their accounts. To enable MFA for your users:
b) Data Loss Prevention (DLP). DLP helps prevent the accidental sharing of sensitive information. You can create DLP policies to define what types of data should be protected and how. To set up DLP:
c) Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). ATP offers protection against advanced email threats like phishing and malware. To configure ATP:
d) Information Protection. Use Azure Information Protection to classify, label, and protect sensitive information. This feature allows you to apply encryption and access controls to documents and emails.
e) Mobile Device Management (MDM). MDM allows you to manage and secure mobile devices that access your organization's data. You can enforce security policies, such as requiring PINs or encrypting data on mobile devices.
Security Awareness Training
Educate your employees about cybersecurity best practices. Microsoft 365 Business Premium includes tools to create and deliver security awareness training.
To effectively use these security features, it's essential to assess your organization's specific security needs and customize the settings accordingly. Regularly review and update your security policies and configurations to adapt to evolving threats. Consider consulting with a Microsoft 365 expert or IT professional to ensure that your security measures are correctly implemented and maintained.
5. Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise. Suitable for Larger enterprises and organizations with more advanced needs. Features:
Both plans (M365 Apps for Business and M365 Apps for Enterprise) provide access to the latest Office applications on desktop and online, but Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise is designed to meet the demands of larger organizations with more complex IT and security requirements.
Microsoft 365 Business plans in Cyprus can be paid monthly or annually. Payment options include:
Choose the right package
Choosing the right Microsoft 365 Business plan for your organization depends on your specific needs and budget. Here are some key considerations:
Migrating Emails to Office 365
Migrating Emails to Office 365 involves migrating your existing email data from your existing email system to Microsoft's cloud-based email service. Here are the general steps to migrate email to Office 365:
Common migration methods include:
Combined deployment: If you're using an on-premises Exchange server, you can set up a hybrid deployment that allows you to gradually migrate mailboxes to Office 365 while keeping some mailboxes on-premises.
Prepare your environment: Before you migrate, make sure your Office 365 environment is set up correctly, including verifying your domain name and setting up DNS records.
Check and verify: After the migration, double-check the migrated mailboxes to make sure that all emails, contacts, calendars, and other data are transferred successfully.
Monitor and troubleshoot: Monitor migration and resolve any issues or errors that may arise.
User training: Provide training and support to your users to help them transition to Office 365 and get the most out of its features.
Keep in mind that the specific steps and tools you'll use for migration may vary depending on your organization's unique requirements and the migration method you choose. It's essential to plan carefully, back up data before migrating, and consider seeking help from IT or Microsoft support professionals if you encounter any difficulties during the migration.
Microsoft 365 Business plans offer a wide range of features and payment options to meet the diverse needs of businesses in Cyprus. Carefully evaluate your organization's needs and budget to choose a plan that provides your team with the productivity tools and security features needed to thrive in the modern business environment. IBSCY as a Microsoft Solutions partner in Cyprus can further streamline your transition and ongoing support.
|Maria Ioannidou is one of the first office administrator employees of IBSCY LTD, employed back in May of 2014. She is the Office Manager and oversees the smooth running of office operation. She deals with recurring sales/renewals, invoices, maintenance agreements/NDAs, and company contracts. Currently, she is using MS apps daily and the above article was written based on her personal experience.