New Microsoft 365 suite offers enterprise-level security for political campaigns
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Microsoft has observed that the political campaigns of today are potentially subject to attacks of various kinds from actors with numerous agendas. To that end, it has set up the Defending Democracy Program, which is intended to develop the software necessary to enhance the security, transparency and integrity of election processes. It latest product is Microsoft 365 for Campaigns, which may afford enterprise-level security to political campaigns.
365 for Campaigns offers comprehensive email, filesharing, collaboration, cloud storage, conference calling solutions, easily configurable intelligent security and device management. This may lessen the load on any dedicated IT staff a campaign may have. More specifically, it contains Microsoft's multi-factor authentication, Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, mobile app protection, document classification and protection, policies for encryption and sharing, and update prioritization.
This new suite, as with other 365 products, is a subscription-based service avallable to campaign managers at a price of US$5 per month per user (correct at time of writing). At present, federal- and national-level campaigns that apply to US elections can access Microsoft 365 for Campaigns.