There are more than 250,000 companies/organizations around the world leaning on SharePoint to securely manage their most valuable documents, and more than 3 million total users. This widespread popularity makes the platform a market-leading document management solution – and this, by extension, makes it a worthwhile target for motivated threat actors.
Bypassing SharePoint’s built-in security is an extremely difficult task, of course. The O365 environment provides tenants with powerful protection at every entry point, from exhaustive physical data center security up to leading-edge application security policies. Top-notch file encryption with SSL and TLS connections is applied to keep user data safe in transit, and BitLocker disk-level encryption with unique encryption keys is used to secure files at rest. Further, as infected file uploads have grown to become an extremely common attack vector, O365 provides built-in virus and malware detection policies (along with anti-phishing policies and various additional email link and attachment security measures) which can be customized extensively per individual or organizational tenants’ needs. The list goes on, with each tenant’s specific subscription level ultimately determining the extent of their built-in protection.