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Microsoft recently announced its new hero offer called Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE). SPE provides the latest technology across Windows, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS). Frankly, it couldn’t come at a better time as businesses and consumers are increasingly aware of cybersecurity concerns. Here’s what partners can expect in terms of security capabilities from the innovative Microsoft stack and how they can leverage those capabilities to serve customers.

Vulnerability in the Digital Age

We hear a lot of talk about how digital transformation is changing the world. Hot trends like IoT and BYOD are exciting, but they also can leave many companies feeling more vulnerable to security breaches. There’s a reason for that. Hackers are becoming more sophisticated and more organized in their attacks on private and public organizations each day. Here are some statistics to illustrate why consumers and businesses are concerned.

  • In 2015 alone, 160 million customer records were compromised, costing businesses an average of $3M per breach.
  • The #1 obstacle to corporate IoT adoption through 2017 is considered to be security (source).
  • 1.5 million fraudulent login attempts are currently deflected by Microsoft each day for their consumer online services (source).
  • 89% of 2015 data breaches had a motive relating to theft or espionage (source).
  • Companies are expected to spend $202 billion a year on cybersecurity tools by 2021, up 66% from this year (source).

Cyber attacks, as they occur today, can result in stolen information, loss of funds, email compromise, malware infection, file ransom, identity fraud, corporate espionage, and even widespread power outages. By simplifying business functions, increasing efficiency, and providing increased accessibility, we have also increased our digital vulnerability to these and other security concerns.

“In the ongoing game of cat and mouse–while we rush to patch a broken window, hackers are already picking the next lock–we need to begin thinking like the enemy.”

– Christopher Skroupa, Forbes.com

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Partners have a real opportunity to help address these concerns on behalf of their customers, and Microsoft’s SPE offer gives them the power to do so.

Delivering Security and Customer Success

We know that partners and their customers are concerned with maintaining their digital security. That’s why Microsoft builds security into products and services from the ground up. This provides a comprehensive and agile platform that will seamlessly protect endpoints, detect threats faster, and respond to security breaches across even the largest of organizations.

It’s clear that the industry is getting serious about investing in security. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ 2016 Global State of Information Security Survey, 59% of respondents currently leverage Big Data analytics to model and monitor for cybersecurity threats, respond to incidents, and audit or review data to better understand how it is used, when, and by whom.

“This year, survey respondents reported they have significantly boosted information security spending to better enable them to tackle the cybersecurity juggernaut head on.”

– PricewaterhouseCoopers, Global State of Information Security Survey 2016

The latest SPE SKU makes it even easier for partners to sell secure products and services to their customers. It represents a huge opportunity for our partners with $160 Billion+ addressable market size across Microsoft’s Enterprise Security, Productivity, Analytics, and Voice solutions. SPE transforms the way people work, made possible only by the integration of Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite. The offers that make up SPE are built on our agile platforms and services so partners can innovate, build their own technology, differentiate with IP, and create new solutions, all while maintaining security as the number one priority.

Security Offerings of SPE

Let’s talk about the many security features included inside of the SPE offer. In addition to including Office 365, Windows, and EMS (for both E3 and E5 releases), the SPE offer includes cutting edge cloud-based security technology including:

  • Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection for end point breach detection.
  • Microsoft Cloud App Security for getting control of the SaaS apps employees are using.
  • Azure Information Protection to ensure information stays secure.
  • Office 365 Advanced Security Management to give greater visibility and control over your Office 365 environment.

These security features will help partners provide greater value, security, and cost savings for their customers who are concerned about the risks associated with Cloud computing. For a full list of security features offered, check out the SPE website.

Saving Our Partners Money

The security benefits of SPE are substantial, but it’s also about providing cost savings to partners and customers alike. Compared to competitors, SPE provides substantial savings across PBX & Voice, Productivity Applications, Business Intelligence & Analytics and Security by enabling consolidation of vendors. Enjoy additional cost savings by leveraging the SPE E5 Launch Promo at a 25% discounted rate until March 2017.

Our partners are already seeing the value of a more connected, more secure Microsoft stack. “As more organizations embrace digital transformation and shift to the cloud, the way employees work, daily business operations, and IT initiatives need to shift too,” said Dux Raymond Sy, CTO for AvePoint. “Microsoft clearly recognizes this change and is helping its customers, as well as its partners, accommodate these trends by providing a simple package of what’s more important to them today.”

How do you envision growing your business with access to more secure platforms? Share your thoughts with the partner community in the comments below.

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