5 ways Microsoft has improved SharePoint security

Revamped SharePoint platform enables more granular security controls, hybrid cloud and on-premise auditing and BYO encryption keys

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"Users will always find a way to get their job done. And if security gets in their way, they will find another, likely less secure, way to get their job done."

Navjot Virk made that point during the launch of the latest version of SharePoint, Microsoft’s 15-year-old content management and collaboration platform. More than 200,000 organizations use SharePoint, which today reaches more than 190 million users.

Security is one of four key areas of investment in the new SharePoint, according to Jeff Teper, corporate vice president for the OneDrive and SharePoint teams (pictured with Virk). Teper presided over Microsoft’s Future of SharePoint event, held last week, and detailed enhancements to SharePoint Online in the cloud and SharePoint Server on-premises. Together, Teper and Virk gave an overview of Microsoft’s investments in security, privacy and compliance in SharePoint and the OneDrive online storage service. The common theme is tighter, more granular security controls that aim to help IT strike the desired balance between security and user productivity. Here are the specifics.

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